Dan Poenaru

General Surgery

I love working with children and their families because they are cute, innocent, and so open. As a parent of a child with medical needs, I understand what parents go through.

Hospital information

Academic appointments

  • Professor (adjunct), McGill University
  • Professor of Surgery (adjunct) Queen’s University, University of British Columbia

Other appointments

  • Clinical Director, BethanyKids
  • Chair, Pediatric Surgery Council, Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)
  • Member, Executive Council, Pan-African Pediatric Surgery Association (PAPSA)
  • Founding member, Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS)

Awards and distinctions

  • American College of Surgeons / Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian
  • Award 2015 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award

Community Involvement

  • BethanyKids International
  • Rotary International
  • Operation Smile
  • Kids Alive



University of Toronto

Medical Degree

University of Toronto


McGill General Surgery


Université de Montreal, Pediatric Surgery

Fun fact about me

I’ve tried Pokemon GO! And my boys say that I make terrible daddy jokes…


Research interests

Global pediatric surgery – burden of disease, cost-effectiveness, access to care

Selected publications

Poenaru D. The global burden of paediatric surgical disease in low-resource settings: discovering it, measuring it, and addressing it. J Pediatr Surg 51:216-24, 2016

Poenaru D, Lin D, Corlew S. Economic Valuation of the Global Burden of Cleft Disease Averted by a Large Cleft Charity. World J Surg 40:2053-9, 2015

Ozgediz, Langer M, Kissa P, Poenaru D.Pediatric surgery as an essential component of global child health.” Sem Pediatr Surg 2015.

Poenaru D, Pemberton J, Cameron BH. The Burden of Waiting: DALYs accrued from delayed access to pediatric surgery in Kenya and Canada. J Pediatr Surg 50:765-70, 2015