Dear ISDE members,
I regret to inform you of the very sad news that our dear colleague Prof. Christophe Mariette, an ISDE 2018 program committee member passed away on July 19. He was Head of Surgery at Lille CHRU, Professor of surgery and internationally recognized researcher in the field of cancer.
Prof. Mariette was a great Upper GI surgeon and had been dedicated to his patients. He had been leading an international multi-institutional study for multimodal treatment for esophageal diseases for many years. For ISDE2018, I had been closely working with him on its program until quite recently and he was expected to give several plenary lectures at ISDE2018. This is a sad and great loss indeed to all of us.
On behalf of all of us at ISDE, I express our deepest sympathies to his family and his colleagues at Lille CHRU
May his heart and soul find peace and comfort.
President of ISDE