George Berci Lifetime Achievement Award
WASHINGTON DC: THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD GIVEN BY THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN GASTROINTESTINAL AND ENDOSCOPIC SURGEONS (SAGES) TO PROFESSOR JACQUES MARESCAUX
Last April 14, 2010, during the World Congress of Surgery that was held in Washington DC, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) gave Professor Marescaux his most prestigious Award for the “accomplishment of his surgical masterpiece”.
This Award truly represents an outstanding recognition in the field of minimal access surgery since this uppermost distinction had been given only to 4 surgeons in 30 years’ time.
During the ceremony, Professors Bruce Schirmer and Lee Swanström highly and eloquently praised the international achievements and performances of the IRCAD training centre that they designated as the “Temple of research and surgical knowledge transmission without borders”.
Professor Marescaux, extremely moved as he received a long “standing ovation”, liked to recall that if he had dedicated his whole life to surgery, surgery gave him everything in return, and notably keeping his dream alive.
Above all, Professor Marescaux insisted on the importance of humanistic values, which guide the choice of the profession and without which the most sophisticated technologies seem rather poor.
His words for conclusion underlined his vision of the non-invasive approach of all treatment: “the greatest success of surgery will begin when it is no longer necessary”.
Valérie Pécresse, minister of Higher Education and Research, expresses her warmest congratulations to Professor Jacques Marescaux. The minister pays tribute to Professor Marescaux’s outstanding intuition. Indeed, he successfully managed to extenstively see and develop all the potentialities of computer sciences applied to minimal access surgery.