Dr. Allan Okrainec completed his medical school at McGill University in 2000 and residency in general surgery at McMaster University in 2005. He went on to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery at McGill University. Dr. Okrainec started on staff at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network in 2006. He is currently the Head of the Division of General Surgery and Peter Crossgrove Chair in General Surgery at the University Health Network, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. His clinical practice specializes in minimally invasive abdominal and gastrointestinal surgery.
Dr. Okrainec also completed a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interest is in the use of simulation for the teaching and assessment of laparoscopic skills. His educational research lab at the Toronto Western Hospital is primarily dedicated to the development and use of telesimulation technologies for teaching surgical skills in remote areas and resource-restricted countries. His work is supported by numerous research grants, including the Colon Cancer Canada Foundation, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Ministry of Health Innovation Fund.