• Jacques Marescaux
  • President IRCAD
  • Chari of Image-Guide Mimi-Invasive Surgery

Prof. Jacques Marescaux is professor of Surgery and Founding President of the Research Institute against Digestive Cancer (IRCAD), an institute with a unique structure that has propelled surgery into the information age, particularly in treating digestive system cancers. He is also founder and Chairman of the Hospital-University Institute of Strasbourg (IHU), a centre of excellence whose aim was to develop image guided minimally invasive surgery and foster technology transfer. In addition he founded the European Institute of Telesurgery (EITS) as a training facility that has promoted the know-how and ground-breaking work of IRCAD.

In 2000, the IRCAD-EITS launched a virtual online university - WeBSurg - that reflected a very real need to maintain links between the training centre and the community of surgeons. The content of this website has been validated by a scientific committee and is elaborated exclusively by healthcare professionals and accredited by the most prestigious international scientific societies. WeBSurg encapsulates high-quality technology with high-speed multimedia communication systems in order to broadcast pre-recorded surgical interventions.

In addition, Professor Marescaux was the initiator of a Biocluster project, combining biotechnology, nanotechnology, imaging studies, robotics and computer-aided systems, within the IRCAD buildings. The project has welcomed around 20 start-up companies in the area of medical devices since January 2014. In 2001, he performed the first transcontinental laparoscopic operation, from New York, on a patient in Strasbourg. . This operation was baptized the “Lindbergh operation”. On 2 April 2007, he became the first surgeon in the world to have carried out a surgical operation without leaving a scar.

national and international articles and communications, in journals such as Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Surgery and Archives of Surgery. He has received honorary titles from many universities and holds honorary fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons (UK) and the Japanese society of endoscopic surgery (JSES).

He sits on numerous editorial boards. He was made Knight of the French Legion of Honour (1999), Officer of the French National Order of Merit (2007) and Officer of the French Legion of Honour (2012).

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  • Joel Leroy
  • Dean, Hanoi High Tech and Digestive Center, Saint Paul Hospital

Prof. Joël Leroy is the Founder and Chairman of Hanoi High Tech and Digestive Center in Saint Paul Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam. He has been a leader and pioneer in advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery since the early 1990’s. He is recognized worldwide as a surgical expert, a master educator, an inventor and a researcher, and has developed and standardized a lot of laparoscopic colorectal procedures.

Prof. Joël Leroy completed his MD at University of Lille in France in 1976. In 1997, he became the professor of Digestive Surgery in Lille Medical University in France. He became the honorary professor of University of Winnipeg in Canada in 2003. Besides, he is also the visiting professor of Osaka Medical College in Japan; IRCAD AITS in Taiwan; Guangzhou Hospital of Chinese Medicine in China.

For more than a quarter of century, he has been a leading figure in the field of minimally invasive surgery, not only as a trainer for thousands of surgeons, fellows and residents in the hospital and in educational courses but also as an innovator designing new medical devices and instruments surgical concepts and best practices. In 2013, he received the Pioneer Awards of minimally invasive surgery from the main American Surgical Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (SAGES).

Most recently, he has focused his interest in the development of a new surgical center in Hanoi, Vietnam: the “Hanoi High Tech and Digestive Center in St Paul Hospital”.

Hanoi High Tech and Digestive Center aims to organize a colorectal cancer screening (4,000 people are tested every day), and do diagnosis and treatment with all the latest generation of surgical equipment including 4K video camera system.
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  • Debry Christian
  • Hôpital de Hautepierre, Strasbourg

Prof. Christian Debry is an ENT University Professor in Starsbourg, France.

He has done research Interest Biofunctionalized titanium surface - UMR 977 Inserm laboratory, Strasbourg (more than 100 publications in international reviews), and on active biomaterials and tissue engineering/ Nano-assemblies and biomimetic materials)

He specializes in skull base surgery, Endoscopic approach to the skull base, Rhinology ENT, Neuro-otology, cochlear implant.

  • James K Liu
  • Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School

Dr. James K. Liu is the Director of Cerebrovascular/Skull Base & Pituitary Surgery at the Rutgers Neurological Institute of New Jersey, and Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also Director of the Brain Tumor Center and Moya Moya Cerebrovascular Bypass Program, and board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Liu is renowned for his comprehensive treatment of complex brain tumors and skull base lesions, including pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, chordomas, and jugular foramen tumors. His robust clinical practice encompasses both traditional open and minimally invasive endoscopic endonasal skull base approaches. He also specializes in microsurgery of cerebrovascular diseases including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cavernous malformations, and carotid artery stenosis. He also has expertise in cerebrovascular bypass procedures for moya moya disease, carotid artery occlusion, vertebral artery occlusion, complex aneurysms and skull base tumors, as well as endoscopic-assisted microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.

Dr. Liu has published extensively with over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 25 textbook chapters. He has taught many hands-on cadaver dissection courses in skull base surgery and has been an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally.

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  • Gabriel Rahmi
  • Georges Pompidou European Hospital, Paris

Dr Gabriel Rahmi is a Medical Doctor specialized in Hepatogastroenterology and Endoscopy at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital and PhD at Paris Descartes University. He is a trainer for Interventional Endoscopic procedures in national training centers and International masterclasses (IRCAD Strasbourg and Taiwan). Member of the French Society of Digestive Endoscopy and of the French Society of Gastroenterology, he is a reviewer of specialized journals. After spending several months in the Kobe University Hospital, Japan, to collaborate with Pr Toyonaga in the field of ESD, he created an Interventional Endoscopic course for resection procedures (EMR and ESD) in the Biosurgical Sciences Laboratory in Paris. Dr Gabriel Rahmi is a Clinical Researcher in the field of Endoscopy (EMR, ESD, POEM, ERCP, EUS, RFA, Ovesco, PCLE). Dr Gabriel Rahmi is a Clinical Researcher in the field of Endoscopy and he is also an Experimental Researcher in the field of Regenerative Medecine.