Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


Dr. Straus is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation (KT) and Quality of Care and more than $30 million in peer reviewed research grants as a Principal Investigator (PI). She has >300 publications, and has supervised >25 graduate students from different disciplines including clinical epidemiology, health informatics and human factors engineering. She is co-Principal Investigator of KT Canada, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Canadian Foundation for Information funded national, Clinical Research Initiative, PI of KT Canada’s CIHR-funded Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research and PI of a network meta-analysis team grant for the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network. She is Division Director of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director of the KT Program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She has authored three books. Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it is in its fourth edition, and has been published in 9 languages; Knowledge Translation in Health Care, is now in its second edition; and the first edition of Mentorship in Academic Medicine.

Recent Publications

  1. Vogel, JP, Moore, JE, Timmings, C, Khan, S, Khan, DN, Defar, A et al.. Barriers, Facilitators and Priorities for Implementation of WHO Maternal and Perinatal Health Guidelines in Four Lower-Income Countries: A GREAT Network Research Activity. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (11):e0160020. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160020. PubMed PMID:27806041 PubMed Central PMC5091885.
  2. Hutton, B, Burry, LD, Kanji, S, Mehta, S, Guenette, M, Martin, CM et al.. Comparison of sedation strategies for critically ill patients: a protocol for a systematic review incorporating network meta-analyses. Syst Rev. 2016;5 (1):157. doi: 10.1186/s13643-016-0338-x. PubMed PMID:27646881 PubMed Central PMC5029074.
  3. Moore, JE, Uka, S, Vogel, JP, Timmings, C, Rashid, S, Gülmezoglu, AM et al.. Navigating barriers: two-year follow up on recommendations to improve the use of maternal health guidelines in Kosovo. BMC Public Health. 2016;16 :987. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3641-5. PubMed PMID:27633514 PubMed Central PMC5025590.
  4. Puchalski Ritchie, LM, van Lettow, M, Makwakwa, A, Chan, AK, Hamid, JS, Kawonga, H et al.. The impact of a knowledge translation intervention employing educational outreach and a point-of-care reminder tool vs standard lay health worker training on tuberculosis treatment completion rates: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016;17 (1):439. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1563-2. PubMed PMID:27604571 PubMed Central PMC5015212.
  5. Elliott, MJ, Straus, SE, Pannu, N, Ahmed, SB, Laupacis, A, Chong, GC et al.. A randomized controlled trial comparing in-person and wiki-inspired nominal group techniques for engaging stakeholders in chronic kidney disease research prioritization. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016;16 :113. doi: 10.1186/s12911-016-0351-y. PubMed PMID:27553026 PubMed Central PMC4995639.
  6. Donald, M, McBrien, K, Jackson, W, Manns, BJ, Tonelli, M, King-Shier, K et al.. Development and implementation of an online clinical pathway for adult chronic kidney disease in primary care: a mixed methods study. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016;16 :109. doi: 10.1186/s12911-016-0350-z. PubMed PMID:27535555 PubMed Central PMC4989366.
  7. O'Brien, KK, Colquhoun, H, Levac, D, Baxter, L, Tricco, AC, Straus, S et al.. Advancing scoping study methodology: a web-based survey and consultation of perceptions on terminology, definition and methodological steps. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16 :305. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1579-z. PubMed PMID:27461419 PubMed Central PMC4962390.
  8. Engelgau, MM, Peprah, E, Sampson, UK, Mishoe, H, Benjamin, IJ, Douglas, PS et al.. Perspectives from NHLBI Global Health Think Tank Meeting for Late Stage (T4) Translation Research. Glob Heart. 2016; :. doi: 10.1016/j.gheart.2016.03.640. PubMed PMID:27452772 .
  9. Campsall, P, Colizza, K, Straus, S, Stelfox, HT. Financial Relationships between Organizations That Produce Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Biomedical Industry: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS Med. 2016;13 (5):e1002029. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002029. PubMed PMID:27244653 PubMed Central PMC4887051.
  10. Chambers, DA, Proctor, EK, Brownson, RC, Straus, SE. Erratum to: Mapping training needs for dissemination and implementation research: lessons from a synthesis of existing D&I research training programs. Transl Behav Med. 2016; :. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0411-y. PubMed PMID:27234151 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Deputy Physician in Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Division Director, Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto
  • 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