Professor Jacques Marescaux awarded “Digital Personality of the Year”

On Thursday April 18, 2013, Professor Jacques Marescaux, President and Founder of the IRCAD, received the Digital Personality of the Year Award. The ceremony took place at the Potocki Hotel of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ile-de-France region), as part of the Digital Technology Award’s 15th edition, organized by Télécom ParisTech. This award distinguishes Professor Marescaux’s action and work in contributing to the Digital Society growth.

Since the IRCAD’s creation in 1994, Professor Jacques Marescaux has always geared his work towards computer data integration in tomorrow’s operating room.

Consequently, he encouraged the development of digital technologies (virtual reality and augmented reality) combined with robotic assisted surgery. In July 2012, as part of the IHU program, his team performed a world premiere in robotic assisted liver surgery using augmented reality intraoperatively. In September 2001, he had already revolutionized the global surgical community by performing the first robotic assisted transatlantic operation between New York and Strasbourg, known as “Operation Lindbergh”.

Concurrently, Professor Jacques Marescaux decided to integrate digital technologies into surgical education. In 2000, he created “WeBSurg”, a world-renowned website in minimally invasive surgery which currently gathers 271,000 members and counting. Additionally, 9 months ago, in order to follow the evolution of new digital supports, he launched a new training tool available on iPad: the E-World Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery, which is ranked among the 10 most consulted medical iBooks.

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COVID19: IRCAD sanitary measures & health pass

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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)
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