On Saturday we departed Milano, Italy for Lyon, France, the second stop on our tour. We were greeted at the airport by our hosts, Dr. David Dejour and Elvire Servien. The ride from the airport to our hotel treated us to amazing views of the French country side, complete with broad expanses of golden flowers. We had time to explore central Lyon and do some shopping with our hosts at a beautiful café. We were beginning to understand why Lyon is one of the great culinary centers of Europe!
On Sunday we went to Dr. Dejour’s country home. We were greeted with more great cuisine including a French barbecue. We all got to meet Dr. Servien’s dog, that I am pretty sure is a bear on a leash! Dr. Dejour quickly put us to work hammering in wooden stakes, and put us all to shame!
We had a blast performing feats of strength, watching Dr. Dejour dirt biking and surviving an over-turned tractor while navigating a “killer turn”! No one was [seriously] hurt.
Monday brought us to Dr. Dejour’s operative theater where we observed several knee surgeries and had the opportunity to see first had what makes the Lyon School so great.
In the late afternoon we gathered for our scientific session. Following a spirited academic exchange we were treated to a very special dinner. Paul Bocuse is a three-star Michelin restaurant and one of the best restaurants in all the world. It did not disappoint. After a behind the scenes tour we experienced one of the best culinary experiences of our lives.
On Tuesday we observed several knee surgeries with Dr. Servien. Following surgery we learned about the very impressive history of the Lyon School and its importance for knee surgeons all over the world, before heading to the airport for the next leg of our trip.
On to Luxembourg! Still going STRONG!
Lutul D. Farrow, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute
AOSSM gratefully acknowledges DJO Global for their support of the Traveling Fellowship program.