Teodor Grantcharov


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Dr. Teodor Grantcharov 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 is a staff surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Grantcharov 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.

Dr. Grantcharov’s 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 sits on the Editorial Boards of The British Journal of Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy.

Recent Publications

  1. 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.
  2. Goldenberg, MG, Goldenberg, SL, Grantcharov, TP. Surgeon performance predicts early continence after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy. J. Endourol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1089/end.2017.0284. PubMed PMID:28557582 .
  3. 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; :. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5572-3. PubMed PMID:28451813 .
  4. Zevin, B, Dedy, NJ, Bonrath, EM, Grantcharov, TP. Comprehensive simulation-enhanced training curriculum for an advanced minimally invasive procedure: a randomized controlled trial. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017;13 (5):815-824. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2016.11.019. PubMed PMID:28392018 .
  5. Grover, SC, Scaffidi, MA, Khan, R, Garg, A, Al-Mazroui, A, Alomani, T et al.. Progressive learning in endoscopy simulation training improves clinical performance: a blinded randomized trial. Gastrointest. Endosc. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.03.1529. PubMed PMID:28366440 .
  6. Langerman, A, Grantcharov, TP. Are We Ready for Our Close-up?: Why and How We Must Embrace Video in the OR. Ann. Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002232. PubMed PMID:28338514 .
  7. Fecso, AB, Szasz, P, Kerezov, G, Grantcharov, TP. Reply to Letter: "Assessing Surgeons' Technical Performance and Effect on Outcomes: Still Early Days". Ann. Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002184. PubMed PMID:28230662 .
  8. Boet, S, Sharma, B, Pigford, AA, Hladkowicz, E, Rittenhouse, N, Grantcharov, T et al.. Debriefing decreases mental workload in surgical crisis: A randomized controlled trial. Surgery. 2017;161 (5):1215-1220. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2016.11.031. PubMed PMID:28104293 .
  9. Szasz, P, Bonrath, EM, Louridas, M, Fecso, AB, Howe, B, Fehr, A et al.. Setting Performance Standards for Technical and Nontechnical Competence in General Surgery. Ann. Surg. 2017;266 (1):1-7. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001931. PubMed PMID:27753648 .
  10. Bjerrum, F, Strandbygaard, J, Rosthøj, S, Grantcharov, T, Ottesen, B, Sorensen, JL et al.. Evaluation of Procedural Simulation as a Training and Assessment Tool in General Surgery-Simulating a Laparoscopic Appendectomy. J Surg Educ. ;74 (2):243-250. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2016.08.006. PubMed PMID:27717707 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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