Faculty Members

Dr. Ioana Bratu

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

Division of Pediatric Surgery
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About Me

Dr. Ioana Bratu proudly graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine.

She then pursued General Surgery residency at McGill. During those years in Montreal, she had the opportunity to obtain MSc in Experimental Surgery exploring the effects of fetal tracheal occlusion on lung growth and pulmonary artery remodelling in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. She completed Pediatric Surgery fellowship at McGill.

After being on staff as a pediatric general surgeon for 3 years at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Bratu returned to Edmonton as a pediatric general surgeon.

Coming back full circle, for the last 10 years at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta, she has been involved in various local and national clinical, educational, research, and administrative aspects. She is currently the Stollery Trauma Medical Director and Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education.

Dr. Bratu enjoys all aspects of pediatric general surgery practice, and has a special interest in neonatal surgery involving congenital anomalies such as esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula, diaphragmatic hernia, neonatal bowel conditions, Hirschsprung's, abdominal wall abnormalities such as gastroschisis/omphalocele, inguinal hernia, and congenital cystic lung abnormalities.


Dr. Bratu has experienced the current education journey of the medical student- resident- fellow through her involvement in MD admissions committee, mentoring medical students, teaching medical students, pediatric trauma simulations, medical student summer research studentships, General Surgery Resident Program Committee, and Royal College examiner for pediatric general surgery. She hopes to build on the already solid successful educational foundation established at the Office of Undergraduate Surgical Education. She believes that teaching medical students the anatomical, patho-physiological, and technical aspects of surgery is very important. Just as important to teach are the “non-tangible” aspects of surgery such as concepts and practice of communication, team awareness and cooperation, patient safety, adverse events management, and surgeon wellness. Ideally, the manner in which this is taught positively may lead more bright students to consider a career in surgery.

Research Keywords

ATV trauma, gastroschisis, monkeybar injuries treated at the Stollery, northern Alberta Echinococcal Disease, pediatric appendectomy process, pediatric ATV trauma, pediatric intent trauma, pediatric trauma, pediatric trauma mortality, pediatric trauma quality indicators