Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


Please note: Dr. Straus is not taking any summer students in 2019.

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. Johnson, AM, Moore, JE, Chambers, DA, Rup, J, Dinyarian, C, Straus, SE et al.. How do researchers conceptualize and plan for the sustainability of their NIH R01 implementation projects?. Implement Sci. 2019;14 (1):50. doi: 10.1186/s13012-019-0895-1. PubMed PMID:31072409 PubMed Central PMC6506963.
  2. Dolovich, L, Oliver, D, Lamarche, L, Thabane, L, Valaitis, R, Agarwal, G et al.. Combining volunteers and primary care teamwork to support health goals and needs of older adults: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. CMAJ. 2019;191 (18):E491-E500. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.181173. PubMed PMID:31061074 .
  3. Soobiah, C, Tadrous, M, Knowles, S, Blondal, E, Ashoor, HM, Ghassemi, M et al.. Variability in the validity and reliability of outcome measures identified in a systematic review to assess treatment efficacy of cognitive enhancers for Alzheimer's Dementia. PLoS ONE. 2019;14 (4):e0215225. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215225. PubMed PMID:30998774 PubMed Central PMC6472754.
  4. Gulasingam, P, Haq, R, Mascarenhas Johnson, A, Togo, E, Moore, J, Straus, SE et al.. Using Implementation Science to Promote the Use of the G8 Screening Tool in Geriatric Oncology. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019;67 (5):898-904. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15920. PubMed PMID:30957225 .
  5. Moore, JE, Liu, B, Khan, S, Harris, C, Ewusie, JE, Hamid, JS et al.. Can the effects of the mobilization of vulnerable elders in Ontario (MOVE ON) implementation be replicated in new settings: an interrupted time series design. BMC Geriatr. 2019;19 (1):99. doi: 10.1186/s12877-019-1124-0. PubMed PMID:30953475 PubMed Central PMC6451288.
  6. Donald, M, Beanlands, H, Straus, S, Ronksley, P, Tam-Tham, H, Finlay, J et al.. Identifying Needs for Self-management Interventions for Adults With CKD and Their Caregivers: A Qualitative Study. Am. J. Kidney Dis. 2019; :. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2019.02.006. PubMed PMID:30952486 .
  7. Kastner, M, Hayden, L, Wong, G, Lai, Y, Makarski, J, Treister, V et al.. Underlying mechanisms of complex interventions addressing the care of older adults with multimorbidity: a realist review. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (4):e025009. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025009. PubMed PMID:30948577 .
  8. Veroniki, AA, Bender, R, Glasziou, P, Straus, SE, Tricco, AC. The number needed to treat in pairwise and network meta-analysis and its graphical representation. J Clin Epidemiol. 2019;111 :11-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.03.007. PubMed PMID:30905696 .
  9. Langlois, EV, Straus, SE, Antony, J, King, VJ, Tricco, AC. Using rapid reviews to strengthen health policy and systems and progress towards universal health coverage. BMJ Glob Health. 2019;4 (1):e001178. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001178. PubMed PMID:30899562 PubMed Central PMC6407563.
  10. Leigh, JP, Grood, C, Ahmed, SB, Ulrich, AC, Fiest, KM, Straus, SE et al.. Toward Gender Equity in Critical Care Medicine: A Qualitative Study of Perceived Drivers, Implications, and Strategies. Crit. Care Med. 2019;47 (4):e286-e291. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003625. PubMed PMID:30855331 .
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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