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. Soobiah, C, Manley, G, Marr, S, Moore, A, PausJenssen, E, Teare, S et al.. A modified Delphi and cross-sectional survey to facilitate selection of optimal outcomes and measures for a systematic review on geriatrician-led care models. J Clin Epidemiol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.02.005. PubMed PMID:30771447 .
  2. Gupta, S, Price, C, Agarwal, G, Chan, D, Goel, S, Boulet, LP et al.. The Electronic Asthma Management System (eAMS) Improves Primary Care Asthma Management. Eur. Respir. J. 2019; :. doi: 10.1183/13993003.02241-2018. PubMed PMID:30765503 .
  3. Witteman, HO, Hendricks, M, Straus, S, Tannenbaum, C. Are gender gaps due to evaluations of the applicant or the science? A natural experiment at a national funding agency. Lancet. 2019;393 (10171):531-540. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32611-4. PubMed PMID:30739688 .
  4. Tricco, AC, Thomas, SM, Veroniki, AA, Hamid, JS, Cogo, E, Strifler, L et al.. Quality improvement strategies to prevent falls in older adults: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Age Ageing. 2019; :. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afy219. PubMed PMID:30721919 .
  5. Puchalski Ritchie, LM, Straus, SE. Assessing Organizational Readiness for Change Comment on "Development and Content Validation of a Transcultural Instrument to Assess Organizational Readiness for Knowledge Translation in Healthcare Organizations: The OR4KT". Int J Health Policy Manag. 2018;8 (1):55-57. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2018.101. PubMed PMID:30709104 PubMed Central PMC6358647.
  6. Stelfox, HT, Brundin-Mather, R, Soo, A, Parsons Leigh, J, Niven, DJ, Fiest, KM et al.. A multicentre controlled pre-post trial of an implementation science intervention to improve venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in critically ill patients. Intensive Care Med. 2019;45 (2):211-222. doi: 10.1007/s00134-019-05532-1. PubMed PMID:30707246 .
  7. Price, C, Agarwal, G, Chan, D, Goel, S, Kaplan, AG, Boulet, LP et al.. Large care gaps in primary care management of asthma: a longitudinal practice audit. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (1):e022506. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022506. PubMed PMID:30696669 .
  8. Thombs, BD, Straus, SE, Moore, AE, Au nom du Groupe d’étude canadien sur les soins de santé préventifs. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):e5-e7. . PubMed PMID:30674523 PubMed Central PMC6347313.
  9. Thombs, BD, Straus, SE, Moore, AE, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Update on task force terminology and outreach activities: Advancing guideline usability for the Canadian primary care context. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):12-13. . PubMed PMID:30674508 PubMed Central PMC6347305.
  10. Lam Shin Cheung, V, Kastner, M, Sale, JE, Straus, S, Kaplan, A, Boulet, LP et al.. Development process and patient usability preferences for a touch screen tablet-based questionnaire. Health Informatics J. 2019; :1460458218824749. doi: 10.1177/1460458218824749. PubMed PMID:30672358 .
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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