Using data to enhance teamwork, team performance, and patient safety in the OR

Teodor Grantcharov, University of Toronto

October 21, 2019


Despite significant advances in technology and research, the Operating Room still remains one of the most secretive environments in modern society. This presentation will highlight the impact of transparency and data-driven education & quality improvement on team performance and patient safety. It will review best practices from other high-risk, high-performance industries, and highlight the cultural barriers and the opportunities for transfer of similar approaches in the peri-operative setting. The speaker will review the introduction of the OR Black Box platform and the use of Artificial Intelligence to analyze performance and surgical safety. Finally, the presenter will highlight the importance of changing safety culture in the Operating Room in order to transform surgery into a ultra-safe industry.


Dr. Teodor Grantcharov completed his surgical training at the University of Copenhagen, and a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Dr. Grantcharov is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He holds the Keenan Chair in Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety. Dr. Grantcharov is the Director of the International Centre for Surgical Safety – a multidisciplinary group of visionary scientists with expertise in design, human factors, computer- and data science, and healthcare.

Dr. Grantcharov’s clinical interest is the area of minimally invasive surgery, while his academic focus is in the field of surgical innovation and patient safety. He has become internationally recognized as a leader in this area with his work on curriculum design, assessment of competence and impact of surgical performance on clinical outcomes. Dr. Grantcharov developed the surgical black box concept, which aims to transform the safety culture in medicine and introduce modern safety management systems in the highrisk operating room environment. Dr. Grantcharov has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and more than 180 invited presentations in Europe, South- and North America. He sits on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and on numerous committees with Surgical Professional Societies in North America and Europe. He sits on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy.

Event Info

The event will take place on Monday, 21 October, 2019 at 12:30pm in the Großer Hörsaal, 3.OG, Chirurgische Klinik, Im Neuenheimer Feld 110. Kindly help us plan ahead by registering for the event on our meetup page.