A brand-new distinction for the IRCAD in the United States: Dr. Joël Leroy awarded “Pioneer In Minimally Invasive Surgery”

In 2010, Professor Marescaux led the way receiving an award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) for “his surgical career accomplishments”. In 2012, the “Career Development Award” was granted by the SAGES to Dr. Silvana Perretta. It is now Dr. Joël LEROY’s turn to win the 2013 SAGES Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy Award, one of the most prestigious American distinctions. Dr. Joël Leroy works for the IHU (Institute for image-guided minimally invasive surgery) and as such, he is one of the IRCAD’s key Faculty members to be awarded such a distinction. The ceremony took place in Baltimore during the SAGES annual meeting on April 17, 2013.

The SAGES Award Committee and Board of Directors decided to distinguish Dr. Joël Leroy’s professional career. His works allowed to significantly spur minimally invasive surgery in the management of colorectal cancer.
Created in 1995, this award is considered one of the SAGES’s most prestigious distinctions. Dr. Joël Leroy is the first French surgeon to be awarded such an American distinction which celebrates his career.

Dr. Joël Leroy, who has become world famous for his innovative works in colorectal surgery, performed a world premiere in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery in June 2012, as part of the Strasbourg’s IHU program.

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COVID19: IRCAD sanitary measures & health pass

Please note that the IRCAD administrative board and staff are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in France. The health, safety, and well-being of our participants, experts and staff are our top priority!
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We would like to draw your attention that the « Vaccine Pass » is now mandatory in France since end of January 2022 and replaces the former « Health Pass » to access places that are open to the public, such as cinemas, museums, cafés and restaurants, hotels as well as the IRCAD Institute which welcomes participants in the framework of its courses and seminars. Thus, a PCR test without vaccination is no longer sufficient to take part in our courses.

The vaccine pass includes a proof of the following (one of the 3 items is sufficient):

  • The vaccination certificate, proving that persons have a complete vaccination (as of January 15, 2022, all persons aged 18 and over must receive a booster dose no more than 7 months after their last injection or Covid infection to receive a valid vaccination pass. As of February 15, 2022, the time limits for keeping the pass will be reduced, you will have to do your booster dose 4 months and no longer 7 months after your 2nd dose to have a complete vaccine schedule and maintain a valid vaccine pass)
  • The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test attesting to the recovery of Covid, more than 11 days and less than 4 months
  • The certificate of contraindication to vaccination

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