International recognition

By July 2019, IRCAD had issued 4,300 publications and international scientific communications, which testifies to the institute’s international recognition. It is also backed up by the numerous visits of universities and hospitals from the world over, as well as medical and surgical industrials, and by the trophies and awards which have been received by the institute’s teams over the last 25 years.

Publications & communications

IRCAD from 1994 to today

2019 Franco-Brazilian personality of the year award for Jacques Marescaux
On November 28, 2019, Professor Jacques Marescaux received the 2019 Franco-Brazilian Personality of the Year Prize awarded by the France-Brazil Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro, in front of an audience of 500 people from the Franco-Brazilian economic world.
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Opening of a 4th international branch: IRCAD Lebanon
The auditorium "Jacques Marescaux" was inaugurated by Prof. Antoine Maalouf, President of the French Hospital of the Levant in Beirut (Lebanon) and President of IRCAD Lebanon, on Saturday, July 20, with Jacques & Alice Marescaux and Michel Deneken, President of the University of Strasbourg.
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First stone laying of IRCAD 3 – Construction of a brand-new building dedicated to robotic surgery
On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est region, Frédéric Bierry, President of the Bas-Rhin department council, Robert Hermann, President of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, Arnaud Delhaye, VP of MITG, Medtronic Europe, Michel Deneken, President of the University of Strasbourg, Sophie Béjean, Rector of the Academy... View Article
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Professor Jacques Marescaux, awarded the rank of Commander of the Chilean Order of Bernardo O’Higgins
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Professor Jacques Marescaux was awarded the rank of Commander of the Chilean Order of Bernardo O’Higgins at the Chilean Embassy in Paris, in the presence of Mrs Michèle Barzach, former French Minister of Health, and Mr Fernando Quintana, Honorary Consul of Chile in Strasbourg. This distinction was officially awarded by... View Article
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Visit of Prof. Marescaux in Kigali (Rwanda)
On Friday, July 21, Prof. Marescaux had the pleasure to meet President Paul Kagame in the framework of his visit in Rwanda. During their talk, President Kagame expressed his will to open a IRCAD mirror Institute in Kigali for the development of minimally invasive surgery in Africa. This exciting project inspires all IRCAD teams to... View Article
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Grand opening of a 3rd international IRCAD center: IRCAD América Latina (Rio de Janeiro unit, Brazil)
On Friday June 30, IRCAD inaugurated a new training and research center in Rio de Janeiro, connected to the gigantic Americas Medical City hospital complex, in the presence of IRCAD expert surgeons and industrial partners. This third international IRCAD center came to be thanks to the partnership signed in January 2016 with Dr. Edson de... View Article
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Signature of a partnership between the ELSAN Group and IRCAD
Professor Jacques MARESCAUX, President of IRCAD, and Mr Jérome NOUZAREDE, President of the ELSAN Group, officially signed a partnership today between the two structures, in the fields of training and research. IRCAD joins forces with the ELSAN Group in the field of research and innovation. The ELSAN Group is the second biggest private hospitalization group... View Article
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Professor Jacques Marescaux appointed Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association
Professor Jacques Marescaux was awarded the distinction of Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association, at the 136th Annual Meeting of the American Surgical Association which took place in Chicago on April 14, 2016.
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UnitedHealth, the most prominent health care insurance company of the United States, signs an agreement to establish IRCAD in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro – Brazil: On Saturday, January 30, 2016, Professor Jacques Marescaux, IRCAD President, signed a partnership agreement with Dr. Edson De Godoy Bueno, CEO of Amil and board member of UnitedHealth group, with the objective of creating a new training center in Brazil in 2017 (IRCAD Rio).
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Professor Jacques Marescaux officially made an Honorary Member of the Italian Society of Surgery
during the 117th National Congress of the Italian Society of Surgery, which took place in Milan on October 21-24, 2015.
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Full renovation of the IRCAD experimental Laboratory
The renovation works, which took place in August in our experimental laboratory entirely dedicated to surgical training, have now been completed. The IRCAD minimally invasive surgery training platform now shifts from 17 to 34 operating tables.
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On Monday, June 29, 2015, Professor Jacques MARESCAUX, President of the IRCAD, Mrs. Laurence COMTE-ARASSUS, President of Medtronic France and Mr. Damien DESMEDT, European Sales & Marketing Vice-President at Intuitive Surgical, inaugurated the IRCAD 2 facilities [...]
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The Alsace region receives the French Tech healthcare accreditation
Axelle Lemaire a annoncé, mercredi 24 juin peu après minuit à New York, l'attribution du label French Tech à l'Alsace dans le domaine de la Santé.
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The IRCAD earns a new official distinction as a Comprehensive – American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute (AEI)
The IRCAD (Research Institute Against Cancers of the Digestive System) has been officially certified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for all of its educational programs in minimally invasive surgery, held in Strasbourg, France. As a result, the IRCAD has become the first French Academic Center in surgical education and training to earn such... View Article
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The most prestigious distinction of the National Academy of Surgery awarded to Professor Jacques Marescaux during the Academy’s formal sitting
The “Ambroise Paré Medal” was awarded to Professor Jacques Marescaux by Professor Daniel JAECK, President of the National Academy of Surgery, during the Academy of Surgery’s formal sitting, which was held on Wednesday, January 21, at the René Descartes University in Paris.
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“2014 NUMERIC’ ALSACE Grand Prize” awarded to Visible Patient, an IRCAD spin-off
On November 5, VISIBLE PATIENT, a company which stemmed from 15 years of IRCAD R&D, received the 2014 Numeric’Alsace Grand Prize in Strasbourg. This prize rewards Alsace’s best digital ideas, strategies, solutions and applications. Visible Patient was created in July 2013, and proposes a new type of surgery guided by 3D virtual imaging for every... View Article
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National Academy of Surgery Scholarships and Awards
The National Academy of Surgery aims to promote minimally invasive surgery with the support of the IRCAD. In this respect, two scholarships and an award will be implemented from 2014 onwards.
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20 years of IRCAD
The IRCAD celebrated its 20th birthday at the "Brasserie des Haras" with great fanfare and music on July 12, 2014. The party was a true success and unravelled on the theme of "One world, 3 IRCADs".
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Professor Jacques Marescaux awarded the “Medal of Diplomatic Friendship”
On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Professor Jacques Marescaux was awarded the “Medal of Diplomatic Friendship” by Mr David Lin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China – Taiwan. The ceremony took place in one of the grand Salons of Taipei’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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Visit of French President, François Hollande at IRCAD
On January 30, 2014, Professor Jacques Marescaux welcomed François Hollande, President of France at IRCAD to show him around the facilities dedicated to minimally invasive robotic surgical platforms and the “Haras” biocluster.
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Signature of a unique partnership agreement between IRCAD and COVIDIEN, world leader in the surgical industry
On January 29, 2014, Professor Jacques Marescaux, president of the IRCAD, and Mr. Cristiano Franzi, President of COVIDIEN Europe, signed a partnership contract at the HARAS BIOCLUSTER, in the presence of local elected officials.
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Professor Jacques Marescaux, official guest of Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia
The IRCAD’s expertise once again acknowledged and praised beyond the borders of France. On Monday, September 16, 2013, Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia welcomed Professor Jacques Marescaux in his palace in Carthage for a working session that he presided along with his Health Minister, Sir Abdellatif Mekki and his Minister for Higher... View Article
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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.
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The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2011 at the IRCAD France
On Thursday 1st December, Jules Hoffmann, the Nobel Prize in Medicine 2011 recipient, visited the IRCAD France with Pr. Jacques Marescaux, President of IRCAD, and Min Ho Huang, President of the Asia IRCAD Taiwan.
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IRCAD AITS TAIWAN Hall of Fame: Latest Achievements President Min-Ho Huang, President of Show Chwan Memorial Hospital and Founder of the Asian Institute of TeleSurgery (AITS) in Taiwan, was recently awarded the King Star Medal by Taiwanese President Ma.
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Opening of IRCAD América Latina (Barretos unit, Brazil)
IRCAD has inaugurated a new research and training center in the State of Sao Paulo in Brazil in partnership with the Hospital de Câncer de Barretos.
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Another prestigious international recognition for the IRCAD in Taiwan
Professor Jacques Marescaux, President of the IRCAD, has just been granted the Distinguished Contribution Award given by Sir Vincent Siew, Vice President of Taiwan. This award consecrates the achievements accomplished by the IRCAD, and notably the fruitful cooperation between the IRCAD France and the IRCAD Taiwan. The ceremony was officially held in Taiwan in the... View Article
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IHU Strasbourg,
First ex-aequo Laureate of the IHU call for proposals
Strasbourg’s IHU project “Institute of Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Hybrid Surgery” The IHU Strasbourg will lead the next evolution of medical procedures to Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Hybrid Surgery (MIX-Surg). Recent decades saw amazing progress in medicine as minimal access procedures replaced radical surgical resections. Unfortunately, minimally invasive techniques were developed by separate and distinct specialties and... View Article
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Professor Jacques Marescaux is awarded the Gold Medal of the French Renaissance
Last February 10, 2011, Professor Jacques Marescaux, Founding President of the IRCAD and Head of Department of Digestive and Endocrine Surgery at the University Hospital of Strasbourg, along with Professor Bertrand Ludes, Dean of Strasbourg’s School of Medicine and Director of Strasbourg’s Forensic Medicine Institute, were awarded the Gold Medal of the French Renaissance by... View Article
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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... View Article
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Prof. Marescaux was appointed Honorary JSES, Honorary Member of the Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery
The IRCAD and the INSERM strengthen their scientific cooperation
Last November 30, 2009, Professor Jacques Marescaux, Founding Father and President of the IRCAD and Professor Andre Syrota, Chief Director and President of the INSERM, signed an agreement protocol regarding the scientific cooperation between the IRCAD and the INSERM.
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Inauguration of Europe’s first interventional MRI platform, dedicated to research, teaching and treatment
IRCAD’s 15th anniversary On November 24, 2009, Europe’s first interventional MRI platform, dedicated to research, teaching and treatment was inaugurated at the IRCAD in the presence of Catherine Bréchignac, President of the CNRS and of the local councillors. This event took part of the IRCAD’s 15th anniversary.
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MICCAI Kitware 2009
On September 23, 2009, the R&D in computer-assisted surgery team led by Professor Luc Soler was awarded the first prize of the Best Biomedical Visualization Competition for the second consecutive year at the International Conference for the Treatment of Medical Images and Computer-Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) in London, UK.
A new lease of life for the French University Hospitals (UH)
French President Nicolas SARKOZY accepts the key points of the Reform on the French University Hospitals elaborated by Professor Marescaux’s Committee.
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Meeting with the spouses of NATO’s Heads of State in Strasbourg
On Saturday 4th of April, during the NATO summit that took place in Strasbourg, the spouses of NATO’s Heads of State were supposed to have visited the IRCAD with Jacques Marescaux as their guide. As the visit was cancelled at the last minute due to security threats, a delegation of IRCAD guests was invited to... View Article
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A renewed recognition of the IRCAD as a model of excellence
On the 9th of January, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, came to Strasbourg to inaugurate the New University Hospital and address his best wishes to the whole community of health care professionals.
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Antoni de Gimbernat Award 2008
Wednesday the 1st of October 2008, Professor Jacques Marescaux, President of the IRCAD, was awarded the prestigious Antoni de Gimbernat prize by Professor Antonio Sitges-Serra, President of the Spanish Surgery Society. The prize, awarded on a yearly basis since 1963, is the highest distinction delivered in Spain to eminent members of the international surgical community.
MICCAI Award 2008
Last September 11, 2008 in New York, the IRCAD Imaging and Surgical Robotics team, led by Professor Luc Soler, was awarded the MICCAI first Prize at the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention Conference for the elaboration of the VR-Render software.
Inauguration of the IRCAD Taiwan
The 26th of May 2008, the IRCAD and their partners in this project, Taiwan’s Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, inaugurated the Asia IRCAD Taiwan. This new center for research and training in minimally invasive surgery was conceived as a mirror training institute to the one in Strasbourg.
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Visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy
Four months after his election, French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited the IRCAD Institute (Research Institute against Digestive Cancer) on the 6th of September under the guidance of Professor Jacques Marescaux, President of the IRCAD Institute. On the agenda of the visit: Research, Innovation, Robotics and New Surgical Technologies, Competitivity Cluster. On this occasion, Nicolas Sarkozy... View Article
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MICCAI Young Scientist Award 2007
On 1st November 2007, Wael Bachta received the MICCAI Young Scientist Award at the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2007 for his article : Cardiolock: an active cardiac stabilizer – First in vivo experiments using a new robotized device par W. Bachta, P. Renaud, E. Laroche, J. Gangloff et A. Forgione.
Anubis operation: A world first in no scar surgery!
On April 2nd 2007, at the University Hospital of Strasbourg, Professor Jacques Marescaux and his team successfully performed the first no scar surgery. This first human incisionless operation was carried out using a flexible endoscope for transvaginal removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) in a 30-year-old woman with symptomatic gallstones.
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European Innovation Hopes 2006
Clément Forest and Alexandre Hostettler won the first prize of the European Innovation Hopes 2006 and have been rewarded 3.000 € for their medical ultrasonography and needle insertion simulator under ultrasound control dedicated to the training of surgical manoeuvres and the certification of medical professionals.
Health Trophy 2006 of Le Monde Informatique
IRCAD won the Health Trophy 2006 of the magazine Le Monde Informatique, which rewards the best informatics strategies, for the development of computer sciences adapted to medical and surgical training and research. Congratulations to the R&D team in computer sciences and robotics and to WebSurg for the computerization of surgical training in the new operative technologies of computer-guided minimally invasive surgery.
2005 King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award
15th March 2006: the Active Filtering of Physiological Motion in Robotized Surgery Using Predictive Control paper co-authored by R. Ginhoux, J. Gangloff, M. de Mathelin, L. Soler, M.M. Arenas Sanchez and J. Marescaux received the 2005 King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award after being published in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics.
Prof. Marescaux was appointed Honorary FRCS, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (London)
2nd Prize of the “SensAble Developer Challenge”
HORUS (Haptic Operative Realistic Ultrasonography Simulator) has obtained the $5000 second prize of the SensAble Developer Challenge.
This challenge was open worldwide to developers who competed to create commercially-oriented applications making the most of the SensAble’s PHANTOM Omni haptic device.
“Le Monde de la recherche” Award 2004
Winner: Clement Forest

Each year, this prize rewards outstanding PhDs.
Title of the thesis : Surgery simulation by celioscopy : contributing to the study of volumetric cutting, force feed back and blood vessel modelling.
Best Demo Award 2004
Demo presented by Clement Forest.
Contact and Haptic Model of surgical instruments in a laparoscopic simulator
ISMS04 (International Symposium on Medical Bimulation)
Boston MA 17 June 2004.
ICRA Best Vision Paper
The AVR Team (Automation, Vision and Robotics) and IRCAD’s R&D Team conjointly obained the Best Vision Paper from the most prestigious international conference on robotics (IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA’2004) for the following article: Beating Heart Tracking in Robotic Surgery Using 500 Hz visual servoing, Model Predictive Control and an adaptative Observer,... View Article
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Cum Laude Poster Awards 2004
Caroline Villard obtained the first prize (Cum Laude Poster Awards) from the greatest international congres on medical image processing (Medical Imaging 2004) for her poster on 3D radiofrequency simulation and planning: Toward realistic radiofrequency ablation of hepatic tumors 3D simulation and planning, C. Villard, L. Soler, A. Gangi, D. Mutter and J. Marescaux, Medical Imaging... View Article
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World Summit Award 2003
The World Summit Award was given to IRCAD (Research Institute for Cancer of the Digestive System) in the e-health category on Wednesday 10th December, during the World Summit on the Information Society organised in the framework of the United Nations. It rewards the Argonaute 3D project developed by IRCAD in partnership with France Télécom.
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Prix 2003 de l’American Society of Anesthesiologists
L’American Society of Anethesiologists est une association éducative, scientifique et de recherche de médecins dont le but est d’élever et de maintenir les standards de la pratique médicale de l’anesthésiologie et d’améliorer les soins délivrés aux patients. La participation de l’IRCAD à la session annuelle de 2003 de l’ASA s’est vu récompensée par le prix... View Article
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On June 20, 2002, the IRCAD was granted the Bullukian Foundation Award by Claude Allegre, Honorary President. This prize was awarded at the end of the “Hospital and Technological Innovation, the model of imaging studies” symposium, organized for the bicentennary of the Lyon Hospices Civils’ creation. This prize represents the most important endowment for surgical... View Article
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ComputerWorld Honors Award 2002
Professor Jacques Marescaux has been awarded his second Computerworld Honors Program Award in the medicine category on June 3rd 2002 in Washington D.C. This recognition paid tribute to the research works of IRCAD/EITS on a project that has been carried out in partnership with France Telecom and Computer Motion. Less than a year after the... View Article
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Lindbergh Operation: a world’s first across the Atlantic!
Surgeons Achieve World First with Successful Telesurgery from New York on Patient in France.
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Launch of WeBSurg, first website for minimally invasive surgery
ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award 1999
Category: Medicine, rank : 4th
Virtual university applied to telesurgery:
from tele-education to tele-manipulation.
Laval Virtual Award 1999
Category: Medicine
Hepatic surgery Simulator.
award won by IRCAD – INRIA.
First 3D reconstruction of the virtual clone of a patient from a CT image
First experimental robotized surgical intervention
First 3D reconstruction of the “Visible Man”
Launch of the European Eureka master Programme
Opening of IRCAD