A friendly welcome to our January 2020 Newsletter. We wish you all a very happy, healthy, and successful new year.

Recent decades have seen amazing progress in minimal access procedures. Unfortunately, minimally invasive techniques have been developed in separate and distinct specialties and are inevitably limited by the expertise of individual specialists such as surgeons, radiologists, and gastroenterologists. In the future, the best aspects of minimally invasive techniques from separate specialties will be combined in order to create optimal hybrid approaches for improved patient care and quality of life. We will have to enhance hybrid approaches through cutting-edge research, develop the next generation of medical devices, and train the physicians of the future.

The boundaries between medical, surgical, and radiological disciplines must be reorganized to produce multidisciplinary teams proficient in all tools relevant to patients.

In this special January edition, discover a short editorial by Anthony Kalloo, Chairman of Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, Maryland, USA), clearly indicates the importance of educating surgeons and gastroenterologists to the complex procedures of interventional gastroenterology. Indeed, it is only by working together that gastroenterologists and surgeons will overcome the limits of their art.

That is why that the editorial team at WebSurg has decided to devote this edition to flexible endoluminal surgery.

I hope that this will encourage the new generation of surgeons to work in synergy with gastroenterologists and vice versa.

Thanks for your support and enjoy your learning experience on WebSurg!

Yours faithfully,
Prof. Jacques Marescaux,
Founder and President of IRCAD
Founder and member of the Institute of Image-Guided Surgery (IHU Strasbourg)
WebSurg Editor-in-Chief
Flexible endoluminal surgery
Browse through our selection of keynote lectures and live educational surgery broadcasts extracted from our last IRCAD courses (Flexible endoscopy for surgeons, October 15-16, 2019 and Advanced course in Interventional GI endoscopy, December 16-17, 2019) along with an external video contribution submitted by our international network of WebSurg members
This month, Dr. Anthony N Kalloo, MD (The Moses and Helen Golden Paulson Professor of Gastroenterology and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, United States) addresses and investigates the need for surgeons to be trained in flexible interventional endoscopy given the huge challenges of endoluminal surgery.
Are you interested in a GI endoscopy course at IRCAD France next year? We have one course offering for you!

Hands-on Flexible Endoscopy for Surgeons (June 2-3, 2020)
Stay tuned to our instant publications dedicated to gynecologic and urological surgery, which were released earlier this month.


Leverage your skills with a series of educational videos, which will lead the way to your learning objectives.

Make the most of our experts' state-of-the-art presentations on therapeutic management modalities.
We are waiting for your original videos featuring comprehensive and academic topics in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Please feel free to submit your videos until the end of June 2020.
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February 29, 2020 - 1:00PM - 2:30PM (CET)
E-CONGRESS, IWC - IWAS Wrist forum
March 11, 2020 - 3:00PM - 6:00PM (CET)
5th ESPES/IPEG/ESPU Masterclass of pediatric surgery
The IRCAD will be present as an exhibitor hosted by KARL STORZ at the forthcoming events:
March 27-28, 2020
25th anniversary of the Association of Surgeons of Malta (ASM), Valleta, Malta
April 1-4, 2020
SAGES 2020 Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, USA
April 23-25, 2020
European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Days, Dublin, Ireland
June 24-27, 2020
28th International Congress of the EAES, Kraków, Poland