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. Wong, EKC, Lee, JY, Leong, DP, Mbuagbaw, L, Yousuf, H, Keen, S et al.. Thiamine versus placebo in older heart failure patients: study protocol for a randomized controlled crossover feasibility trial (THIAMINE-HF). Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2018;4 :149. doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0342-0. PubMed PMID:30258648 PubMed Central PMC6149004.
  2. Sibley, KM, Bentley, DC, Salbach, NM, Gardner, P, McGlynn, M, O'Hoski, S et al.. A theory-based multi-component intervention to increase reactive balance measurement by physiotherapists in three rehabilitation hospitals: an uncontrolled single group study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018;18 (1):724. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3533-8. PubMed PMID:30231939 PubMed Central PMC6146937.
  3. Tricco, AC, Moore, JE, Beben, N, Brownson, RC, Chambers, DA, Dolovich, LR et al.. Sustaining knowledge translation interventions for chronic disease management in older adults: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2018;7 (1):140. doi: 10.1186/s13643-018-0808-4. PubMed PMID:30219107 PubMed Central PMC6138921.
  4. Tricco, AC, Lillie, E, Zarin, W, O'Brien, KK, Colquhoun, H, Levac, D et al.. PRISMA Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR): Checklist and Explanation. Ann. Intern. Med. 2018;169 (7):467-473. doi: 10.7326/M18-0850. PubMed PMID:30178033 .
  5. Kastner, M, Cardoso, R, Lai, Y, Treister, V, Hamid, JS, Hayden, L et al.. Effectiveness of interventions for managing multiple high-burden chronic diseases in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. CMAJ. 2018;190 (34):E1004-E1012. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.171391. PubMed PMID:30150242 PubMed Central PMC6110649.
  6. Holroyd-Leduc, JM, Straus, SE. #MeToo and the medical profession. CMAJ. 2018;190 (33):E972-E973. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.181037. PubMed PMID:30127036 PubMed Central PMC6102107.
  7. Elliott, MJ, Sale, JEM, Goodarzi, Z, Wilhelm, L, Laupacis, A, Hemmelgarn, BR et al.. Long-term views on chronic kidney disease research priorities among stakeholders engaged in a priority-setting partnership: A qualitative study. Health Expect. 2018; :. doi: 10.1111/hex.12818. PubMed PMID:30112819 .
  8. Moore, JE, Rashid, S, Park, JS, Khan, S, Straus, SE. Longitudinal evaluation of a course to build core competencies in implementation practice. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):106. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0800-3. PubMed PMID:30081921 PubMed Central PMC6080520.
  9. Tricco, AC, Rios, P, Zarin, W, Cardoso, R, Diaz, S, Nincic, V et al.. Prevention and management of unprofessional behaviour among adults in the workplace: A scoping review. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (7):e0201187. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201187. PubMed PMID:30048512 PubMed Central PMC6062077.
  10. Antony, J, Zarin, W, Pham, B, Nincic, V, Cardoso, R, Ivory, JD et al.. Patient safety initiatives in obstetrics: a rapid review. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (7):e020170. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020170. PubMed PMID:29982200 PubMed Central PMC6042535.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Interim 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