Citation for Mrs. Sybill Storz by Dr. John Denstedt
WCE 2016 Cape Town South Africa
The Concept of World Endo was first put forth by Dr. Ralph Clayman with the spirit of advancing Endourology in the developing world by means of education and providing opportunities that might not always be available for urologists from such countries. As a result of this activity and the generous donations of many in this room, close to 80 urologists from 40 countries have been able to attend the World Congress over the past 5 years. Ten are at this meeting.
This year the Society made the decision to create a World Endo award to honor a person who has made significant contributions aligned to the philosophy of World Endo. I am pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of this award is Mrs. Sybill Storz, the Chief Executive of Karl Storz Company.
The family owned company was founded in 1945 by Karl Storz and Mrs. Storz worked alongside her father learning all aspects of the business from the ground up. Beginning in the 1970’s and 80’s, she pursued the creation of a worldwide network of production sites, sales and marketing organizations that put the company at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery and surgical innovation.For decades, the company has conducted business in a sustainable manner publicly demonstrated by volunteer participation of the Karl Storz Company in the United Nations global compact which embraces principles in the areas of human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and anti corruption.
Mrs. Storz has been honored by innumerable medical and surgical societies throughout the world – too many to highlight in total but include admission in the French Honorary Legion by President Jacques Chirac, being named the Business Woman of the year by the European Council for Women in 2006 and the Federal Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany.
Specific to the award being allocated today, Mrs. Storz has provided the philosophy that worldwide challenges call for concrete support and help. Accordingly, she has supported a total of over 600 projects with product donations, financial support or social sponsoring. A total of 393 medical aid projects have been supported in order to foster healthcare in less privileged countries and regions. In 2015 alone the Karl Storz company donated endoscopic products for charitable medical missions in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Congo, Georgia, Namibia, Niger, Peru, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine and Vietnam.
When the concept of a World Endo award was conceived earlier this year by the Executive of the Endourology Society, it was unanimous that the first recipient should be Mrs. Sybill Storz. It is my honor today to present this inaugural award on behalf of the Endourology Society.
Ralph Clayman, M.D.
Arthur D. Smith, M.D.
John Denstedt, M.D.
Stephen Nakada, M.D.
Tadashi Matsuda, M.D.
Margaret Pearle, M.D.
Ali Kural, M.D.
Gopal Badlani, M.D.
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