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There is no better way to learn: IRCAD, 25 years of excellence

This year, IRCAD is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary: 25 years of excellence and innovation for the benefit of surgeons and patients.

Over these last two decades, some tens of thousands of surgeons from the world over came to Strasbourg to improve their skills and practice in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery, to meet with world-renowned experts, to attend live broadcasted procedures, and to undertake training on live tissue or anatomical specimens in our state-of-the-art experimental lab equipped with 26 laparoscopic units.

IRCAD is aware of the constant evolution of minimal access surgery and organizes courses in flexible interventional endoscopy and robotics.

In order to welcome course participants and experts in the best possible way, IRCAD has bought and renovated "Les Haras", located 50 meters away from the institute, bringing the magic Strasbourg's national stud farm back to life. This allows to:

  • accommodate trainees in Strasbourg’s most prestigious hotel, where they can meet faculty members;
  • dine in an exceptional brasserie restaurant, run by the 3-star Michelin Chef Marc Haeberlin.

By the end of 2019, experts and trainees will also benefit from a 1,000 sqm fitness room and spa in the new extension of Les Haras Hotel.

Join us! Our staff will be delighted to look after you during your stay at IRCAD.



Professor of Digestive Surgery, President of IRCAD

Strasbourg, Grand-Est, France
40 Faculty


Dr. Thierry Piechaud is a urologist who specializes in robotic and laparoscopic urology. He practices urology at private hospital “Clinique St-Augustin”, which is located in the French city of Bordeaux. Dr. Thierry Piechaud is also a teacher at Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg. Dr. Piechaud obtained a degree in doctoral medicine, at the University of Bordeaux, in 1985 then obtained a degree in surgical medicine in 1986 and it is in 1988 that he obtained his degree of specialist in surgical urology. Dr. Thierry Piechaud is a member of many associations such as the Association Francaise d’Urology (AFU), which he joined in 1988; the European Association of Urology (EAU), which he joined in 1995; and is a corresponding member of the American Association of Urology (AUA), which he also joined in 1995.

Prof. Sébastien Froelich is head of the Neurosurgery Departement of Lariboisière hospital. His research work concern crane base affection and some tumors like the chordome.

He published approximately 80 scientific articles. With the CERVCO, he specializes in patients suffering from cerebral cavernoma or moyamoya angiopathy.

Prof. Arnaud Wattiez Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Pr. Arnaud Wattiez is Head of the Gynecology Department at the Latifa Women and Children Hospital in Dubai, UAE. He is also the Director for Advanced Courses in Gynecological Endoscopy at IRCAD EITS in Strasbourg, France. In addition, Pr. Wattiez is the Chairman of the European Academy of Gynecological Surgery, the founder and Director of the Winners education program and the founder of MIS Academy. Pr. Wattiez is recognized as a pioneer of laparoscopy in the OB-GYN realm.

Source : EndoDubai 2019


Pr. Jacques Marescaux is Professor of Surgery, Chairman of the Institute of Image-Guided Surgery (IHU Strasbourg, France) and President and Founder of IRCAD (1994). In 2001, Pr. Marescaux performed the first transcontinental laparoscopic surgery. Together with his team, he has published over 4,000 articles and communications. In addition, Pr. Marescaux has delivered more than 400 speeches in Universities and Schools of Medicine around the world.

Source : Endo Dubai 2019