Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors works closely with the International Team in providing mentorship and support in our endevours in Advocacy, Education, and Research

Dr. Dan Poenaru

Dr. Dan Poenaru is a professor of pediatric surgery and researcher at the Montréal Children’s Hospital and McGil University in Montreal, Canada.
Following medical school studies in Toronto, Canada, he trained in general surgery at McGill University, then in pediatric surgery at the Université de Montreal. He has earned Masters degrees in Health Professions Education (University of Illinois in Chicago, IL) and International Development (William Carey International University, Pasadena, CA), and a doctorate in Health Strategy & Management (Erasmus University, Rotterdam). He has practiced academic surgery for 10 years in Kingston, Canada, 12 years in East Africa, and since 2015 in Montreal, Canada. He is also dean of Université Shalom Bunia Faculté de Medicine in DRC, and clinical and education consultant for BethanyKids, a faith-based organization training and supporting African pediatric surgeons in Africa.
Dr. Poenaru is a FRQS- and CIHR-funded investigator in global pediatric surgery and patient-centred surgical care. He is the director of the Jean-Martin Laberge Fellowship in Global Pediatric Surgery, Research Committee chair for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), and director-at-large and Research Committee co-chair of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS). He has published over 130 scientific papers and several book chapters, and supervises multiple Masters’ and PhD students from Canada, UK, Brazil, DRC, Uganda, and Nigeria.
Dr. Poenaru’s current areas of academic interest are developing global surgical research capacity, equity in surgical care provision for children in low-resource settings, patient-centered surgical care, technology-assisted risk communication, faith issues in clinical practice, and global medical education.
Dan is married to Dita who is a nursing clinician and educator, and the Poenarus have two adult sons.

Dr Mamta Swaroop

Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS FICS FAIM is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care and the Director for the Center for Global Surgery. She serves as the Global Surgery Program Director in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Her lab, the Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative ( aims to build sustainable access to surgical care through education and research in low resource settings, both locally and internationally settings. In 2018, she was honored as one of Oprah’s Health Heroes, received the 39th annual Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and presented the key note address at the Royal College of Surgeons Global Frontiers Conference in London, on the Bolivian Trauma Initiative and held the first international TRUE (Trauma Responders Unify to Empower) Communities Course.

The NTSI conducts community directed research and programmatic development in Southeast Asia, South America and Chicago. Her work on helmet usage in female pillions on motorized two-wheeler added to work leading to legislative change in the governance of women needing to wear helmets in New Delhi. In Bolivia, her team writes and participates in legislation and implementation of a prehospital system. In Chicago, the TRUE Communities Course aims to empower communities to take action by making bystanders into immediate responders. With over 1500 taught in Chicago, the course has spread to Mississippi and in Bolivia, with revisions for London and Lagos. She has been an invited national and international visiting professor and key note speaker, presenting on Trauma and Global Surgery topics and has authored numerous peer reviewed research articles. She is the co-Editor of the book, Success in Academic Surgery: Academic Global Surgery.