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Dr Patrick Fransen, Head of Clinic in Geneva and Lausanne since 1994, decided to join the team of permanent surgeons at Monaco’s IM2S clinic last December.
His wish was motivated by “the desire to undertake a new project, with opportunities for the development of quality medicine, and proximity for Monegasques, residents of the Principality and the neighbouring Department,” he commented. “But also, to contribute to the creation of a destination of medical excellence open to the international world thanks to the attractiveness of Monaco.”
Dr Fransen brings to IM2S techniques to make spinal surgery more efficient, such as for the prevention of postoperative fibrosis in lumbar disc herniations, and less invasive, percutaneous surgery techniques in fractures. His skills include cervical surgery.
Dr Thomas d’Ollonne, an orthopaedic surgeon, also took up his post last December. Seduced by the image of the Institute in terms of quality of care and its reputation, especially among top athletes, he chose to work “with a reference to ligament pathology of the knee”.
Head of Clinic at the CHU of Nice, he specialises in arthroscopic, prosthetic, shoulder and knee surgery, but also in sports traumatology.
Dr Martin Schramm has been strengthening the Institute’s permanent practitioners team since early January. Specialising in orthopaedic and traumatological surgery, he recalls the professional passion of his father: “I remember visiting the sick on weekends with him when I was very young, of his humanity and his kindness.”
After studying medicine in Paris, he carried out his first orthopaedic course in the service of Professor Judet, which reinforces his choice of specialty. An intern of Hôpitaux Niçois in the services of Professor De Peretti and Professor Boileau, he returned to finish his training with Professor Judet who taught him the prosthetic surgery of the lower limb, the surgery of the elbow, and the management of the sequelae of fracture.
The IM2S is a medical and surgical orthopaedic clinic in Monaco, bringing together specialists in all osteoarticular pathologies. It is well known for its expertise in sports medicine.
In 2015, IM2S counted 26,023 surgical consultations with 3,686 surgical procedures. A more remarkable figure – 36,516 – represents the number of medical and traumatic emergency consultations. (Feature image: Facebook IM2S)
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will take place next month with a “Strong Together” Ferrari entered by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
It was a Monaco Grand Prix weekend like no other, with not a single car racing around the Principality save for a Ferrari being driven by Charles Leclerc with Prince Albert in the passenger seat.
The Automobile Club of Monaco has announced that the F1 Grand Prix, the Historic Grand Prix and Formula E races will all be held within a five-week period in 2021.
Without even putting his foot down in an F1 racing car this year, pilot Charles Leclerc is having a pretty stellar time with massive eSport success and now landing a gig as the new face of Giorgio Armani.
Monaco resident Paula Radcliffe has reacted with dismay and disbelief to news that athletics world and European records set before 2005 are very likely to be stripped from the record books.
Radcliffe set the world marathon record in 2003, said that the move “unfairly damages the reputations of many innocent athletes”. The plan has been strongly backed by Seb Coe, president of the Monaco-based International Association of Athletics Federations. The new rules will not only require anyone who sets a world record to have been tested numerous times in the months previously, but also to make a sample taken after their record performance available for retesting. These measures apply retroactively.
The IAAF has stored samples only since 2005 and the world athletics ruling body is expected to ratify the rules change in July. The move has come as the IAAF struggles with an epidemic of drug use by Russian athletes over the last few years and extensive evidence of corruption at the highest levels within the IAAF itself.
Pierce O’Callaghan, leader of the European Athletics project team, which came up with the recommendations, said: “We are not casting doubt on the previous records at all, just saying the criteria have changed.”
Ms Radcliffe said: “I fully understand the desire and need to restore credibility to our sport but don’t feel that this achieves that. It is yet one more way that clean athletes are made to suffer for the actions of cheats.” She wrote on Twitter: “I am hurt and do feel this damages my reputation and dignity. It is a heavy-handed way to wipe out some really suspicious records in a cowardly way by simply sweeping all aside instead of having the guts to take the legal plunge and wipe any record that would be found in a court of law to have been illegally assisted. It is confusing to the public at a time when athletics is already struggling to market itself.”