Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


Please note: Dr. Straus is not taking any summer students in 2019.

Sharon E. Straus is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist who trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford.  She is the Director of the Knowledge Translation Program and Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor in Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and 3 textbooks in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation and mentorship.  Since 2015, she has consistently been in the top 1% of highly cited clinical researchers as per Web of Science and has an H-index of 86. She holds more than $57 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator.  She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.


Recent Publications

  1. Burns, KEA, Straus, SE, Liu, K, Rizvi, L, Guyatt, G. Gender differences in grant and personnel award funding rates at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research based on research content area: A retrospective analysis. PLoS Med. 2019;16 (10):e1002935. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002935. PubMed PMID:31613898 .
  2. Watt, JA, Goodarzi, Z, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Comparative Efficacy of Interventions for Aggressive and Agitated Behaviors in Dementia: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Ann. Intern. Med. 2019; :. doi: 10.7326/M19-0993. PubMed PMID:31610547 .
  3. Yu, CH, Ke, C, Jovicic, A, Hall, S, Straus, SE, IP-SDM Team; et al.. Beyond pros and cons - developing a patient decision aid to cultivate dialog to build relationships: insights from a qualitative study and decision aid development. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019;19 (1):186. doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0898-5. PubMed PMID:31533828 PubMed Central PMC6749701.
  4. Wong, EK, Lachance, CC, Page, MJ, Watt, J, Veroniki, A, Straus, SE et al.. Selective reporting bias in randomised controlled trials from two network meta-analyses: comparison of clinical trial registrations and their respective publications. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (9):e031138. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031138. PubMed PMID:31492792 PubMed Central PMC6731894.
  5. Daly, CH, Neupane, B, Beyene, J, Thabane, L, Straus, SE, Hamid, JS et al.. Empirical evaluation of SUCRA-based treatment ranks in network meta-analysis: quantifying robustness using Cohen's kappa. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (9):e024625. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024625. PubMed PMID:31492773 PubMed Central PMC6731799.
  6. Tonelli, M, Wiebe, N, Fortin, M, Guthrie, B, Hemmelgarn, BR, James, MT et al.. Correction to: Methods for identifying 30 chronic conditions: application to administrative data. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019;19 (1):177. doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0900-2. PubMed PMID:31484516 PubMed Central PMC6724375.
  7. González-González, AI GONZALEZ, Schmucker, C, Blom, J, van den Akker, M, Nguyen, TS, Nothacker, J et al.. Health-related preferences of older patients with multimorbidity: the protocol for an evidence map. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (9):e029724. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029724. PubMed PMID:31481558 PubMed Central PMC6731896.
  8. Smekal, M, Gil, S, Donald, M, Beanlands, H, Straus, S, Herrington, G et al.. Content and Quality of Websites for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: An Environmental Scan. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2019;6 :2054358119863091. doi: 10.1177/2054358119863091. PubMed PMID:31391944 PubMed Central PMC6668187.
  9. Sales, AE, Wilson, PM, Wensing, M, Aarons, GA, Armstrong, R, Flottorp, S et al.. Implementation Science and Implementation Science Communications: our aims, scope, and reporting expectations. Implement Sci. 2019;14 (1):77. doi: 10.1186/s13012-019-0922-2. PubMed PMID:31387596 PubMed Central PMC6685161.
  10. Puchalski Ritchie, LM, van Lettow, M, Pham, B, Straus, SE, Hosseinipour, MC, Rosenberg, NE et al.. What interventions are effective in improving uptake and retention of HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants in prevention of mother to child transmission care programmes in low-income and middle-income countries? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (7):e024907. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024907. PubMed PMID:31362959 PubMed Central PMC6677958.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor (status only), Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Principal Investigator, Knowledge Translation Program, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary