Canada Board of Directors
Ivan was appointed to the BethanyKids Board of Directors at its inauguration in September, 2001. Ivan currently serves as President of the BethanyKids International Board.
Ivan lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where he served as the Medical Director for Providence Manor Home for the Aged; Consulting Palliative Care Physician for the Palliative Care Medicine Group of the South-Eastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre (Kingston); a member of the Attending Staff of the Combined Departments of Family Medicine at the Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital; and a member of the Attending Staff at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital (Kingston). He is a member of the Palliative Care Association of Ontario and the College of Physicians of Canada.
Ivan received the Dorothy Ley Award for Excellence in Palliative Care in 2001. He has served on the Boards of Directors for Navigators of Canada and the Ontario Theological Seminary. Ivan and his wife, Kitty, have been married for 41 years.
After several years as Medical Director for BethanyKids Dan has relinquished that position and is providing consulting services to BethanyKids from 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 also earned a Masters in Health Professions Education through the University of Illinois in Chicago and a Doctorate in Health Strategy & Management from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has practiced academic surgery for 10 years in Kingston, Canada, then for 12 years in East Africa, and since 2015 in Montreal.
Dan’s roles in Africa include: clinical & medical educational consultant for BethanyKids, research committee chair for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), dean of Université Shalom Faculté de Medicine, director at large of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS), and educational consultant in the Horn of Africa. His areas of interest are academic global pediatric surgery, equity in provision of surgical care for children in low-resource settings, patient-centered care, faith issues in clinical practice, and medical education.
Dan is married to Dita who is a nursing clinician and educator. The Poenarus have two adult sons.