Université de Strasbourg

Jacques Marescaux

Chair of Image-guided Mini-Invasive Surgery

Jacques MarescauxJacques Marescaux is Professor of Surgery, Chief of digestive surgery Department of University of Strasbourg Hospital and president and founder of IRCAD (1994) a uniquely structured institute advancing the field of surgery into the information era, in the area of cancer in the digestive system. He is also founder and Chief Executive Officer of the newly created IHU-Strasbourg, a center of excellence aiming at developing Image Guided Minimally Invasive Surgery and fostering technology transfer. In addition he founded the European Institute for Telesurgery (EITS) as a training facility to disseminate the groundbreaking work at IRCAD. Over the last 17 years this center has gained international acclaim by training more than 38,000 surgeons from 124 countries, and mirror IRCAD institutes have been created in Taiwan and Brazil.

In 2000, the IRCAD-EITS implemented a Virtual online University, WeBSurg, resulting from the need to maintain the link between the training center and the surgeons. This website features peer-reviewed contents elaborated exclusively by healthcare professionals, accredited by the most prestigious International Scientific Societies. WeBSurg encapsulates high-quality technology with high-speed multimedia communication systems to broadcast pre-recorded surgical interventions; the website is available in 5 different languages (French, English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese) and access is free of charge, which is of great importance, especially in developing countries.

In addition, Marescaux has initiated a Biocluster project, combining biotechnology, nanotechnology, imaging studies, robotics and computer-aided systems, within the IRCADs compounds, which will be hosting a score of 20 start-up companies in the area of medical devices. In 2001, Professor Marescaux performed the first transcontinental laparoscopic surgery on a patient in Strasbourg France while being in New York; this is known as “Operation Lindbergh”. On April 2, 2007, he is believed to be the first in the world to operate a person without leaving a scar.

Jacques Marescaux and his team published up to 2,715 national and international articles and communications, among them Nature, Science, Annals of Surgery, and Archives of Surgery. He has received honorary degrees from a number of Universities and honorary fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons in London and the Japanese society of endoscopic surgery, and is member of a range of Editorial Boards. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1999) and Officier dans l'Ordre national du Mérite (2007).

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