Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


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

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. Filler, T, Dunn, S, Grace, SL, Straus, SE, Stewart, DE, Gagliardi, AR et al.. Multi-level strategies to tailor patient-centred care for women: qualitative interviews with clinicians. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020;20 (1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05082-z. PubMed PMID:32169069 PubMed Central PMC7071699.
  2. Ferreira-Legere, LE, Chu, A, Rashid, M, Sivaswamy, A, O'Neill, T, Marquez, C et al.. Making Informed CHOICES: The Launch of a "Big Data" Pragmatic Trial to Improve Cholesterol Management and Prevent Heart Disease in Ontario. Healthc Q. 2020;22 (4):6-9. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2020.26091. PubMed PMID:32073384 .
  3. Gagliardi, AR, Dunn, S, Foster, AM, Grace, SL, Khanlou, N, Stewart, DE et al.. Is patient-centred care for women a priority for policy-makers? Content analysis of government policies. Health Res Policy Syst. 2020;18 (1):23. doi: 10.1186/s12961-020-0533-z. PubMed PMID:32070365 PubMed Central PMC7029558.
  4. Esmail, R, Hanson, HM, Holroyd-Leduc, J, Brown, S, Strifler, L, Straus, SE et al.. A scoping review of full-spectrum knowledge translation theories, models, and frameworks. Implement Sci. 2020;15 (1):11. doi: 10.1186/s13012-020-0964-5. PubMed PMID:32059738 PubMed Central PMC7023795.
  5. Kendell, C, Lawson, B, Puyat, JH, Urquhart, R, Kazanjian, A, Johnston, G et al.. Assessing the Quality of Care Provided to Older Persons with Frailty in Five Canadian Provinces, Using Administrative Data. Can J Aging. 2020;39 (1):52-68. doi: 10.1017/S0714980819000205. PubMed PMID:32008598 .
  6. Gonzalez, AI GONZALEZ, Schmucker, C, Nothacker, J, Motschall, E, Nguyen, TS, Brueckle, MS et al.. Health-related preferences of older patients with multimorbidity: an evidence map. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (12):e034485. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034485. PubMed PMID:31843855 PubMed Central PMC6924802.
  7. Leece, P, Khorasheh, T, Corace, K, Strike, C, Bayoumi, AM, Taha, S et al.. Barriers and facilitators to buprenorphine use for opioid agonist treatment: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (12):e032285. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032285. PubMed PMID:31843837 PubMed Central PMC6924699.
  8. Donald, M, Beanlands, H, Straus, S, Ronksley, P, Tam-Tham, H, Finlay, J et al.. Preferences for a self-management e-health tool for patients with chronic kidney disease: results of a patient-oriented consensus workshop. CMAJ Open. ;7 (4):E713-E720. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190081. PubMed PMID:31822502 PubMed Central PMC6905858.
  9. Witteman, HO, Hendricks, M, Straus, S, Tannenbaum, C. Gender bias in CIHR Foundation grant awarding. Lancet. 2019;394 (10214):e41-e42. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31808-2. PubMed PMID:31818412 .
  10. Rios, P, Cardoso, R, Morra, D, Nincic, V, Goodarzi, Z, Farah, B et al.. Comparative effectiveness and safety of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia: an overview of reviews. Syst Rev. 2019;8 (1):281. doi: 10.1186/s13643-019-1163-9. PubMed PMID:31730011 PubMed Central PMC6857325.
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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