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St. Michael's surgeon a keynote speaker at sports technology conference

Toronto, July 31, 2013

By Evelyne Jhung

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov with José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov with José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a staff surgeon and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute scientist, will be the only non-sports related person among NBA, NHL and international team coaches in attendance at a world conference about sports technology.

Dr. Grantcharov was invited to be a keynote speaker because he is internationally recognized as a leader in analyzing the evaluation and training of laparoscopic surgical skills via video and simulation analysis. The conference is geared toward video coaches of professional sports, such as the NBA, NHL, MLS and Olympic teams, who help athletes and teams improve their performance by reviewing video footage with them. Dr. Grantcharov does the equivalent for surgical residents – he provides structured training in a simulated environment before they can operate on real patients. In both arenas – sports and surgery – athletes and residents perform better with the review.

The conference will be held in Las Vegas from Aug. 5 to 7.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.