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. 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 .
  2. Fitzpatrick, T, Perrier, L, Tricco, AC, Straus, SE, Jüni, P, Zwarenstein, M et al.. Protocol for a scoping review of post-trial extensions of randomised controlled trials using individually linked administrative and registry data. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (2):e013770. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013770. PubMed PMID:28213601 .
  3. Wilson, PM, Sales, A, Wensing, M, Aarons, GA, Flottorp, S, Glidewell, L et al.. Enhancing the reporting of implementation research. Implement Sci. 2017;12 (1):13. doi: 10.1186/s13012-017-0546-3. PubMed PMID:28178987 PubMed Central PMC5299701.
  4. Colquhoun, HL, Jesus, TS, O'Brien, KK, Tricco, AC, Chui, A, Zarin, W et al.. Study protocol for a scoping review on rehabilitation scoping reviews. Clin Rehabil. 2017; :269215516688514. doi: 10.1177/0269215516688514. PubMed PMID:28118743 .
  5. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Lillie, E, Pham, B, Straus, SE. Utility of social media and crowd-sourced data for pharmacovigilance: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (1):e013474. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013474. PubMed PMID:28104709 PubMed Central PMC5253521.
  6. Glasziou, P, Straus, S, Brownlee, S, Trevena, L, Dans, L, Guyatt, G et al.. Evidence for underuse of effective medical services around the world. Lancet. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30946-1. PubMed PMID:28077232 .
  7. Tricco, AC, Thomas, SM, Antony, J, Rios, P, Robson, R, Pattani, R et al.. Strategies to Prevent or Reduce Gender Bias in Peer Review of Research Grants: A Rapid Scoping Review. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (1):e0169718. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169718. PubMed PMID:28061509 PubMed Central PMC5218731.
  8. Zarin, W, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Vafaei, A, Reynen, E, Motiwala, SS et al.. Characteristics and knowledge synthesis approach for 456 network meta-analyses: a scoping review. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):3. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0764-6. PubMed PMID:28052774 PubMed Central PMC5215202.
  9. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Rios, P, Pham, B, Straus, SE, Langlois, EV et al.. Barriers, facilitators, strategies and outcomes to engaging policymakers, healthcare managers and policy analysts in knowledge synthesis: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2016;6 (12):e013929. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013929. PubMed PMID:28011815 PubMed Central PMC5223640.
  10. Tricco, AC, Blondal, E, Veroniki, AA, Soobiah, C, Vafaei, A, Ivory, J et al.. Comparative safety and effectiveness of serotonin receptor antagonists in patients undergoing chemotherapy: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2016;14 (1):216. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0761-9. PubMed PMID:28007031 PubMed Central PMC5180412.
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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