Sharon Straus



Research Programs


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 500 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 103. She has held more than $60 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator.  She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.


Recent Publications

  1. Wong, EKC, Thorne, T, Estabrooks, C, Straus, SE. Recommendations from long-term care reports, commissions, and inquiries in Canada. F1000Res. 2021;10 :87. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.43282.2. PubMed PMID:34631013 PubMed Central PMC8474099.2.
  2. Donald, M, Smekal, MD, Elliott, MJ, McBrien, K, Weaver, RG, Manns, BJ et al.. Online clinical pathway for chronic kidney disease management in primary care: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Nephrol. 2021;22 (1):332. doi: 10.1186/s12882-021-02533-5. PubMed PMID:34615462 PubMed Central PMC8496057.
  3. Moss, SJ, Krewulak, KD, Stelfox, HT, Ahmed, SB, Anglin, MC, Bagshaw, SM et al.. Restricted visitation policies in acute care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review. Crit Care. 2021;25 (1):347. doi: 10.1186/s13054-021-03763-7. PubMed PMID:34563234 PubMed Central PMC8465762.
  4. Rodrigues, IB, Wang, E, Keller, H, Thabane, L, Ashe, MC, Brien, S et al.. The MoveStrong program for promoting balance and functional strength training and adequate protein intake in pre-frail older adults: A pilot randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2021;16 (9):e0257742. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257742. PubMed PMID:34559837 PubMed Central PMC8462677.
  5. Moss, SJ, Stelfox, HT, Krewulak, KD, Ahmed, S, Anglin, MC, Bagshaw, SM et al.. Impact of restricted visitation policies in hospitals on patients, family members and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2021;11 (9):e048227. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048227. PubMed PMID:34556510 PubMed Central PMC8461363.
  6. Bouck, Z, Straus, SE, Tricco, AC. Systematic Versus Rapid Versus Scoping Reviews. Methods Mol Biol. 2022;2345 :103-119. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1566-9_6. PubMed PMID:34550586 .
  7. Lunny, C, Antony, J, Rios, P, Williams, C, Ramkissoon, N, Straus, SE et al.. Safety and effectiveness of dose-sparing strategies for intramuscular seasonal influenza vaccine: a rapid scoping review. BMJ Open. 2021;11 (9):e050596. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050596. PubMed PMID:34535483 PubMed Central PMC8450963.
  8. Watt, JA, Marple, R, Hemmelgarn, B, Straus, SE. Should Canadian patients look forward to aducanumab for Alzheimer disease?. CMAJ. 2021;193 (36):E1430-E1431. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.211134. PubMed PMID:34518345 PubMed Central PMC8443286.
  9. Veroniki, AA, Tsokani, S, Zevgiti, S, Pagkalidou, I, Kontouli, KM, Ambarcioglu, P et al.. Do reporting guidelines have an impact? Empirical assessment of changes in reporting before and after the PRISMA extension statement for network meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2021;10 (1):246. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01780-9. PubMed PMID:34507621 PubMed Central PMC8434710.
  10. Ewusie, J, Beyene, J, Thabane, L, Straus, SE, Hamid, JS. An improved method for analysis of interrupted time series (ITS) data: accounting for patient heterogeneity using weighted analysis. Int J Biostat. 2021; :. doi: 10.1515/ijb-2020-0046. PubMed PMID:34473922 .
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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