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St. Michael’s surgeon receives Canada Research Chair

Toronto, April 13, 2015

By Geoff Koehler

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety to address the high-risk nature of surgery.

“Nearly half of surgical complications are preventable with better education,” said Dr. Grantcharov, a laparoscopic surgeon with St. Michael’s Hospital and a scientist in the hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

Dr. Grantcharov’s research chair will focus on three major themes:

  • Developing and implementing tools and concepts to assess individual and team performance in the operating room
  • Analyzing the impact of surgical performance on clinical outcomes and costs
  • Developing individualized simulation-based training interventions for surgical teams

One tool to assess performance is an OR data recording device, known as the surgical black box. With it, Dr. Grantcharov and his team will evaluate the incidence of intra-operative errors and identify the sequences that lead to adverse events and their potential impact on 30-day post-operative outcomes for patients. This will allow Dr. Grantcharov’s team to develop strategies that may mitigate safety risks.

“Once we’ve identified the chain of events that lead to errors, we’ll develop inter-professional training, including full-scale simulation of OR crisis scenarios,” said Dr. Grantcharov, who is also an associate professor at the University of Toronto. “We’ll then evaluate the effectiveness of these curricula to ensure that they enhance OR team performance, prevents adverse events and improves patient safety.”

The five-year chair will provide Dr. Grantcharov $100,000 in funding per year.

Dr. Grantcharov’s Canada Research Chair was one of the 150 new and renewed chairs announced by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State Science and Technology, on April 9, 2015.

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.

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