Portrait of Dan Poenaru

Dan Poenaru

Associate Academic Member
Professor, McGill University, Department of Pediatric Surgery


Dan Poenaru is a professor of pediatric surgery at McGill University and a senior scientist at the research institute of the McGill University Health Centre. He has a master’s degrees in health professions education and international development, and a doctorate in health strategy and management. Poenaru is a Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS) and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded investigator in patient-centered surgical care, head of the McGill CommiSur Lab, director of the Jean-Martin Laberge Fellowship in Global Pediatric Surgery, and a founding member of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS).

His current areas of academic interest are technology-assisted surgical communication and medical education, including AI, VR and digital health devices, patient-centred surgical care, and developing global surgical research capacity.

Current Students

PhD - McGill University
Master's Research - McGill University
Principal supervisor :
PhD - Université de Sherbrooke
Co-supervisor :
PhD - Université de Sherbrooke
Co-supervisor :
Postdoctorate - McGill University


Implementation of a Global Pediatric Trauma Course in an Upper Middle–Income Country: A Pilot Study
Abbie Naus
Madeleine Carroll
Ayla Gerk
David P. Mooney
Natalie L. Yanchar
Julia Ferreira
Karen E. Gripp
Caroline Ouellet
Fabio Botelho
ChatGPT: What Every Pediatric Surgeon Should Know About Its Potential Uses and Pitfalls
Raquel González
Russell Woo
A Francois Trappey
Stewart Carter
David Darcy
Ellen Encisco
Brian Gulack
Doug Miniati
Edzhem Tombash
Eunice Y. Huang
Patient-Centered Surgical Care for Children in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMICs) - A Systematic Scoping Review of the Literature
Riya Sawhney
Kacylia Roy Proulx
Ayla Gerk
Elena Guadagno
Essential surgery delivery in the Northern Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Luc Kalisya Malemo
Ava Yap
Boniface Mitume
Christian Salmon
Kambale Karafuli
Rosebella Onyango
The Impact of Educational Materials on Parental Anxiety and Productivity: A Clinical Trial in Pediatric Appendicitis
Julia Ferreira
Nadia Safa
Fabio Botelho
Robin Petroze
Hussein Wissanji
Pramod Puligandla
Kenneth Shaw
Maeve Trudeau
Sherif Emil
Elena Guadagno
Jean-Martin Laberge
Adaptation, Translation, and Validation of a Patient-Reported Experience Measure for Children and Young People for the Canadian Context
Zanib Nafees
Julia Ferreira
Elena Guadagno
Jo Wray
Agneta Anderzén-Carlsson
Improving Pediatric Trauma Education by Teaching Non-technical Skills: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Fabio Botelho
Ayla Gerk
Jason M. Harley
The State of Artificial Intelligence in Pediatric Surgery: A Systematic Review
Mohamed Elahmedi
Riya Sawhney
Elena Guadagno
Fabio Botelho
Using Artificial Intelligence to Label Free-Text Operative and Ultrasound Reports for Grading Pediatric Appendicitis.
Waseem Abu-Ashour
Sherif Emil
Sister Mary Emil
The evidence mismatch in pediatric surgical practice
Marina Broomfield
Zena Agabani
Elena Guadagno
Robert Baird
Defining Feasibility as a Criterion for Essential Surgery: A Qualitative Study with Global Children’s Surgery Experts
Alizeh Abbas
Henry E. Rice
Lubna Samad
Leveraging ChatGPT to Democratize and Decolonize Global Surgery: Large Language Models for Small Healthcare Budgets
Fabio Botelho
Jean Marie Tshimula