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.

Please note: Dr. Straus is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Nikolakopoulou, A, Mavridis, D, Furukawa, TA, Cipriani, A, Tricco, AC, Straus, SE et al.. Living network meta-analysis compared with pairwise meta-analysis in comparative effectiveness research: empirical study. BMJ. 2018;360 :k585. . PubMed PMID:29490922 PubMed Central PMC5829520.
  2. Niven, DJ, McCormick, TJ, Straus, SE, Hemmelgarn, BR, Jeffs, L, Barnes, TRM et al.. Reproducibility of clinical research in critical care: a scoping review. BMC Med. 2018;16 (1):26. doi: 10.1186/s12916-018-1018-6. PubMed PMID:29463308 PubMed Central PMC5820784.
  3. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Rios, P, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Engaging policy-makers, heath system managers, and policy analysts in the knowledge synthesis process: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):31. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0717-x. PubMed PMID:29433543 PubMed Central PMC5809959.
  4. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Rücker, G, Tricco, AC. Is providing uncertainty intervals in treatment ranking helpful in a network meta-analysis?. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.02.009. PubMed PMID:29432861 .
  5. Liang, L, Cako, A, Urquhart, R, Straus, SE, Wodchis, WP, Baker, GR et al.. Patient engagement in hospital health service planning and improvement: a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (1):e018263. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018263. PubMed PMID:29382676 PubMed Central PMC5829665.
  6. Watt, J, Tricco, AC, Talbot-Hamon, C, Pham, B, Rios, P, Grudniewicz, A et al.. Identifying Older Adults at Risk of Delirium Following Elective Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2018; :. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4204-x. PubMed PMID:29374358 .
  7. Buell, D, Hemmelgarn, BR, Straus, SE. Proportion of women presenters at medical grand rounds at major academic centres in Canada: a retrospective observational study. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (1):e019796. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019796. PubMed PMID:29352021 PubMed Central PMC5781151.
  8. Watt, J, Tricco, AC, Talbot-Hamon, C, Pham, B, Rios, P, Grudniewicz, A et al.. Identifying older adults at risk of harm following elective surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2018;16 (1):2. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0986-2. PubMed PMID:29325567 PubMed Central PMC5765656.
  9. Reynen, E, Robson, R, Ivory, J, Hwee, J, Straus, SE, Pham, B et al.. A retrospective comparison of systematic reviews with same-topic rapid reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018;96 :23-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.12.001. PubMed PMID:29258906 .
  10. Rashid, S, Moore, JE, Timmings, C, Vogel, JP, Ganatra, B, Khan, DN et al.. Evaluating implementation of the World Health Organization's Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion. Reprod Health. 2017;14 (1):153. doi: 10.1186/s12978-017-0405-3. PubMed PMID:29157274 PubMed Central PMC5697396.
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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