A voice to the voiceless

Communication and Innovation
in Surgery

A patient-centered and patient-partnered virtual research lab dedicated to exploring, innovating, and improving child- and family-centered outcomes and communication in pediatric surgery


What is CommiSur Lab

The CommiSur Lab is housed in the ether of McGill University, but was created within the Harvey E. Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and functions within the CORE research center and CHHD program of the MUHC Research Institute.


Our Projects

Patient-Centered Care

At the heart of patient-centered care are patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) and patient-reported experience measures (PREMs), allowing the children’s and their families’ voices to be heard in pediatric surgery. Several projects are ongoing in this area.

Personalized Communication

This little-explored area in surgery comprises a broad spectrum of projects aiming to improve and personalize the communication between children, their families, and their surgical care providers.

Digital Health | AI | VR

Children’s Journey is a communication application that facilitates informed and shared decision-making between patients, families, and surgical teams. The initial focus will be improving experience and outcomes for children undergoing surgery, but will be expanded to any area of healthcare.

Clinical Studies

Our research focuses on optimizing outcomes of a number of common pediatric surgical diseases, studying innovations, enhanced recovery after surgery, patient-reported outcomes, and patient-centered care.

Team Communication

Health sciences education is complex and unique, requiring expertise across multiple domains. Students are required to learn not only vast amounts of knowledge and technical procedures but also to acquire key communication and other non-technical skills, including leadership, situational awareness, decision-making, and teamwork.

Global Surgery

Our lab focuses on the various communication processes in surgical care, both between children, families/caregivers and their providers, and within interprofessional care teams.

We've published over 70 articles in journals since 2016.


Lab blog & News

  • A PhD student with the CommisurLab has been awarded the “bourse Aude-Gabrielle et McKinley Bich pour l’excellence des soins en santé mentale” form McGill University.

    Alexandra Dimmer, a PhD Student with the CommisurLab, has been awarded the “bourse Aude-Gabrielle et McKinley Bich pour l’excellence des soins en santé mentale” in support of your application entitled…

  • CommiSur Lab PhD students have developed partnerships with the WHO and the Global Surgery Foundation / UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to create virtual reality trauma courses.

    Drs. Fabio Botelho and Shreenik Kundu, both completing their PhD studies in Experimental Surgery in the CommiSur Lab under Dr. Dan Poenaru’s supervision, have developed partnerships with the WHO and…

  • A pediatric surgeon and a PhD student with the Commisur Lab was invited to join the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH)

    Justina Seyi-Olajide, a pediatric surgeon and aPhD student with the Commisur Lab, was invited to join the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH) for its third and final report…