Dan is a professor of pediatric surgery and researcher at the Montréal Children’s Hospital and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Following medical school studies in Toronto, Canada, he trained in general surgery at McGill University, then in pediatric surgery at the Université de Montreal. He has earned Masters degrees in Health Professions Education (University of Illinois in Chicago, IL) and International Development (William Carey International University, Pasadena, CA), and a doctorate in Health Strategy & Management (Erasmus University, Rotterdam).
He has practiced academic surgery for 10 years in Kingston, Canada, 12 years in East Africa, and since 2015 in Montreal, Canada. He is also dean of Université Shalom Bunia Faculté de Medecine in DRC and clinical and education consultant for BethanyKids, a faith-based organization training and supporting African pediatric surgeons in Africa.
Dr. Poenaru is a FRQS- and CIHR-funded investigator in global pediatric surgery and patient-centred surgical care. He is the director of the Jean-Martin Laberge Fellowship in Global Pediatric Surgery, Research Committee chair for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), and director-at-large and Research Committee co-chair of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS). He has published over 130 scientific papers and several book chapters, and supervises multiple Masters’ and PhD students from Canada and across the world.
Dr. Poenaru’s current areas of academic interest are developing global surgical research capacity, equity in surgical care provision for children in low-resource settings, patient-centered surgical care, technology-assisted risk communication, faith issues in clinical practice, and global medical education.