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 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Veroniki, AA, Rios, P, Cogo, E, Straus, SE, Finkelstein, Y, Kealey, R et al.. Comparative safety of antiepileptic drugs for neurological development in children exposed during pregnancy and breast feeding: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (7):e017248. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017248. PubMed PMID:28729328 .
  2. Ewusie, JE, Blondal, E, Soobiah, C, Beyene, J, Thabane, L, Straus, SE et al.. Methods, applications, interpretations and challenges of interrupted time series (ITS) data: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (6):e016018. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016018. PubMed PMID:28674142 .
  3. Veroniki, AA, Cogo, E, Rios, P, Straus, SE, Finkelstein, Y, Kealey, R et al.. Comparative safety of anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy: a systematic review and network meta-analysis of congenital malformations and prenatal outcomes. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):95. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0845-1. PubMed PMID:28472982 PubMed Central PMC5418725.
  4. Caplette, ME, Provencher, V, Bissonnette-Maheux, V, Dugrenier, M, Lapointe, A, Gagnon, MP et al.. Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Through a Healthy Eating Blog: A Feasibility Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2017;6 (4):e59. doi: 10.2196/resprot.6622. PubMed PMID:28420600 PubMed Central PMC5413798.
  5. Lavigne, M, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL, Straus, S, Laupacis, A. Priority setting in paediatric preventive care research. Arch. Dis. Child. 2017;102 (8):748-753. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-312284. PubMed PMID:28404552 .
  6. Mascarenhas, A, Moore, JE, Tricco, AC, Hamid, J, Daly, C, Bain, J et al.. Perceptions and experiences of a gender gap at a Canadian research institute and potential strategies to mitigate this gap: a sequential mixed-methods study. CMAJ Open. ;5 (1):E144-E151. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160114. PubMed PMID:28401131 PubMed Central PMC5378536.
  7. Grudniewicz, A, Bhattacharyya, O, McKibbon, KA, Straus, SE. User-Centered Design and Printed Educational Materials: A Focus Group Study of Primary Care Physician Preferences. J Contin Educ Health Prof. ;36 (4):249-255. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000112. PubMed PMID:28350305 .
  8. Soobiah, C, Daly, C, Blondal, E, Ewusie, J, Ho, J, Elliott, MJ et al.. An evaluation of the comparative effectiveness of geriatrician-led comprehensive geriatric assessment for improving patient and healthcare system outcomes for older adults: a protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):65. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0460-4. PubMed PMID:28340600 PubMed Central PMC5366126.
  9. Zarin, W, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Vafaei, A, Reynen, E, Motiwala, SS et al.. Erratum to: Characteristics and knowledge synthesis approach for 456 network meta-analyses: a scoping review. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):61. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0832-6. PubMed PMID:28292298 PubMed Central PMC5348821.
  10. Watt, J, Tricco, AC, Vyas, M, Kohli, K, Soin, S, Abaeian, M et al.. Outcomes associated with prescribed medications in older adults with multimorbidity: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (2):e014529. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014529. PubMed PMID:28235972 PubMed Central PMC5337657.
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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