OTTAWA, April 1, 2014 /CNW/ - A Canadian pediatric surgeon who's
dedicated his life to treating needy children throughout eastern Africa
has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award
by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
"Dan Poenaru is an extraordinary surgeon who has often placed himself in
situations of danger and deprivation so that he could help patients,"
said Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC, CEO of the Royal College. "He embodies
the values of dedication, courage and heartfelt humanitarianism that
define the Teasdale-Corti award."
A graduate of the University of Toronto and McGill University, Dr.
Poenaru, FRCSC, was regarded as one of Canada's top pediatric surgeons
when, in 2003, he along with his wife and sons, left to set up a
surgical practice in Kijabe, Kenya. Dr. Poenaru was motivated "by the
enormous needs of African children," not only those of Kenya, but also
the numerous Somali refugees entering the country.
Since then, he has built a well-regarded pediatric surgical unit that
provides vital care and treatment to thousands of children each year.
Dr. Poenaru has also learned a wide variety of new surgical procedures
that allow him to perform a broader range of operations on needy
children. Throughout his career, he has treated patients through civil
war and in refugee camps, exposing himself to tremendous personal risk.
Dr. Poenaru also established the first accredited pediatric surgery
training programs in Eastern Africa. Recently, he has begun working to
help former graduates of this program set up pediatric surgical units
to assist children in their home countries.
"The greatest reward I have received for this work has been the smiles
on the faces of the children and their mothers after the surgery," said
Dr. Poenaru. "No house or cars or status in Canada can ever match that
The Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award is named for Dr. Lucille
Teasdale-Corti, a Canadian surgeon and international aid worker, and
for her husband Dr. Piero Corti — both of whom contributed
significantly to the development of medical services overseas. It
recognizes physicians and surgeons who go above and beyond the norms of
practice to provide health care and medical services worldwide.
This award is a prestigious element of the Royal College's awards and
grants program, which distributes more than $1 million dollars a year
through awards, grants, fellowships and visiting professorships.
To learn more about Dr. Poenaru's outstanding work, watch this short video on the Royal College's YouTube page.
About the Royal College The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national,
not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of
specialists in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate
medical education and continuing professional development. In
collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the
Royal College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in
Image with caption: "Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award Winner Dr. Dan Poenaru (CNW Group/Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140401_C8040_PHOTO_EN_38674.jpg
SOURCE: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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