During that time period, many of the Japanese Americans, like my parents who were born in the United States, were a quiet bunch of people ... and so my parents never talked about it. In fact it wasn’t in our history books, growing up. I didn’t even know about the internment camps—and the fact that my family was affected by them—until I was 25.
—Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FSIR
At the SIR 2019 annual meeting, Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FSIR, received SIR’s prestigious Gold Medal award. During his speech, he announced his vision for a new program to support diversity in IR: the Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) Program.
Hirschel McGinnis, MD, speaks with Dr. Matsumoto about this grant, what inspired it in the first place, and the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in interventional radiology—and in our country.
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