null Dan Poenaru, MD, PhD, MPHE

Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Harvey E Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery, MUHC



patient-centred care • shared decision-making • risk communication • pediatric surgery • patient-reported outcomes • team communication • surgical simulation • medical education • augmented intelligence • global surgery

Research Focus

At the commissure between families and surgical providers we are exploring the risk communication process taking place whenever a key surgical decision needs to be made. We explore this space by identifying, through mixed-method studies, patient-valued outcomes and experiences following surgical procedures in children, as well as the communication preferences of families. We are also interrogating the consenting process in pediatric surgery using multi-stakeholder evaluations of recorded consent activities. Our goal throughout these studies is to develop communication tools to improve the interactions between patients, families, and the surgical care team, and to instruct medical students and surgical trainees to do the same.

At the commissure between various surgical team members, we explore the communication processes within interprofessional trauma teams in action. We explore actual and theoretical team communication patterns, aiming to distill the findings into formal communication modules to be incorporated into trauma courses.

And at the commissure between communication and technology, across both major communication domains above, we endeavour to innovate technologically through novel applications of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. This includes machine learning algorithms for rendering risk communication more precise and virtual and augmented reality for creating low-cost, remotely deliverable immersive simulations for trauma team communication.

Research initiative
CommiSur Lab

Selected Publications

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  • Fortin, Mélyssa; Atsaidis, Zoe; Hopkins, Brent; St-Louis, Etienne; Guadagno, Elena; Friedman, Debbie; Poenaru, Dan, Definitive Care for Severely Injured Children in Quebec, Injury, Volume 54, Issue 1, 173-182 (2023)

  • Arulanandam, Brandon; Selvarajan, Arthega; Piche, Nelson; Sheldon, Signy; Bloom, Robert; Emil, Sherif; Li, Patricia; Janvier, Annie; Baird, Robert; Sampalis, John; Haggerty, Jeannie; Guadagno, Elena; Daniel, Sam; Poenaru, Dan, Use of a risk communication survey to prioritize family-valued outcomes and communication preferences for children undergoing outpatient surgical procedures, J Ped Surg, Volume 57, Issue 5, 788-797 (2022)

  • Botelho, Fabio; Harley, Jason; Yanchar, Nathalie; Abib, Simone; Bank, Ilana; Poenaru, Ilana, A Debriefing Tool to Acquire Non-Technical Skills in Trauma Courses, Surgery Open Access, Volume 10, 228-231 (2022)

  • Wright NJ, Leather AJM, Ade-Ajayi N, Sevdalis N, Davies J, Poenaru D; et al, Mortality from gastrointestinal congenital anomalies at 264 hospitals in 74 low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries: a multicentre, international, prospective cohort study, Lancet, Volume 398, Issue 10297, 325-339 (2021)

  • Arulanandam B, Dorais M, Li P, Poenaru D, The burden of waiting: wait times for pediatric surgical procedures in Quebec and compliance with national benchmarks, Can J Surg, Volume 64, Issue 1, E14-22 (2021)