Teodor Grantcharov


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Dr. Teodor Grantcharov is a Staff Surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed General Surgery residency at the University of Copenhagen, and a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He then completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, USA.

Dr. Grantcharov holds the Keenan Chair in Surgery, a Hospital-University named chair between St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. He also holds a Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety. His clinical interest is the area of minimally invasive surgery, with a focus on foregut disease including cancer and revisional bariatric surgery. His area of academic interest is in the field of minimally invasive surgery, surgical education and patient safety. He has become internationally recognized as a leader in this area with a focus on curriculum design, assessment of competence and impact of surgical performance on clinical outcomes.

Dr. Grantcharov has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and more than 130 invited presentations in Europe, South- and North America. He sits on numerous committees with The American College of Surgeons (ACS), The Society of the American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and The Association for Surgical Education (ASE). He also sits on the Editorial Boards of The British Journal of Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy.

Recent Publications

  1. Goldenberg, MG, Grantcharov, TP. A Novel Method of Setting Performance Standards in Surgery Using Patient Outcomes. Ann. Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002562. PubMed PMID:29064892 .
  2. de Montbrun, S, Louridas, M, Szasz, P, Harris, KA, Grantcharov, TP. Developing the Blueprint for a General Surgery Technical Skills Certification Examination: A Validation Study. J Surg Educ. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.08.007. PubMed PMID:28864267 .
  3. Goldenberg, MG, Jung, J, Grantcharov, TP. Using Data to Enhance Performance and Improve Quality and Safety in Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2017;152 (10):972-973. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2888. PubMed PMID:28813552 .
  4. Jung, JJ, Naimark, DM, Behman, R, Grantcharov, TP. Approach to asymptomatic paraesophageal hernia: watchful waiting or elective laparoscopic hernia repair?. Surg Endosc. 2018;32 (2):864-871. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5755-y. PubMed PMID:28779249 .
  5. Khan, R, Scaffidi, MA, Walsh, CM, Lin, P, Al-Mazroui, A, Chana, B et al.. Simulation-Based Training of Non-Technical Skills in Colonoscopy: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2017;6 (8):e153. doi: 10.2196/resprot.7690. PubMed PMID:28778849 PubMed Central PMC5562936.
  6. Gardner, AK, Grantcharov, T, Dunkin, BJ. The Science of Selection: Using Best Practices From Industry to Improve Success in Surgery Training. J Surg Educ. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.07.010. PubMed PMID:28751186 .
  7. Garbens, A, Goldenberg, M, Wallis, CJD, Tricco, A, Grantcharov, TP. The cost of intraoperative adverse events in abdominal and pelvic surgery: A systematic review. Am. J. Surg. 2018;215 (1):163-170. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.06.025. PubMed PMID:28709625 .
  8. de Montbrun, S, Louridas, M, Grantcharov, T. Passing a Technical Skills Examination in the First Year of Surgical Residency Can Predict Future Performance. J Grad Med Educ. 2017;9 (3):324-329. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-16-00517.1. PubMed PMID:28638511 PubMed Central PMC5476382.
  9. Goldenberg, MG, Goldenberg, L, Grantcharov, TP. Surgeon Performance Predicts Early Continence After Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy. J. Endourol. 2017;31 (9):858-863. doi: 10.1089/end.2017.0284. PubMed PMID:28557582 .
  10. Louridas, M, Szasz, P, Fecso, AB, Zywiel, MG, Lak, P, Bener, AB et al.. Practice does not always make perfect: need for selection curricula in modern surgical training. Surg Endosc. 2017;31 (9):3718-3727. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5572-3. PubMed PMID:28451813 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Surgeon, Department of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Keenan Chair in Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital & University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety