Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


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

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 400 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 86. She holds more than $57 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator.  She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.


Recent Publications

  1. Gonzalez-Gonzalez, AI, Schmucker, C, Nothacker, J, Nguyen, TS, Brueckle, MS, Blom, J et al.. End-of-life care preferences of older patients with multimorbidity: protocol of a mixed-methods systematic review. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (7):e038682. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038682. PubMed PMID:32636289 PubMed Central PMC7342816.
  2. Tricco, AC, Garritty, CM, Boulos, L, Lockwood, C, Wilson, M, McGowan, J et al.. Rapid review methods more challenging during COVID-19: Commentary with a focus on 8 knowledge synthesis steps. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.06.029. PubMed PMID:32615209 .
  3. Esmail, R, Hanson, HM, Holroyd-Leduc, J, Brown, S, Strifler, L, Straus, SE et al.. Response to letter to the editor. Implement Sci. 2020;15 (1):52. doi: 10.1186/s13012-020-01010-1. PubMed PMID:32611360 PubMed Central PMC7330961.
  4. Ewusie, JE, Thabane, L, Beyene, J, Straus, SE, Hamid, JS. MultiCenter Interrupted Time Series Analysis: Incorporating Within and Between-Center Heterogeneity. Clin Epidemiol. 2020;12 :625-636. doi: 10.2147/CLEP.S231843. PubMed PMID:32606988 PubMed Central PMC7306466.
  5. Etherington, N, Rodrigues, IB, Giangregorio, L, Graham, ID, Hoens, AM, Kasperavicius, D et al.. Applying an intersectionality lens to the theoretical domains framework: a tool for thinking about how intersecting social identities and structures of power influence behaviour. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2020;20 (1):169. doi: 10.1186/s12874-020-01056-1. PubMed PMID:32590940 PubMed Central PMC7318508.
  6. Watt, JA, Goodarzi, Z, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Safety of pharmacologic interventions for neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Geriatr. 2020;20 (1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12877-020-01607-7. PubMed PMID:32546202 PubMed Central PMC7298771.
  7. Elder, K, Turner, KA, Cosgrove, L, Lexchin, J, Shnier, A, Moore, A et al.. Reporting of financial conflicts of interest by Canadian clinical practice guideline producers: a descriptive study. CMAJ. 2020;192 (23):E617-E625. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.191737. PubMed PMID:32538799 .
  8. Parsons Leigh, J, de Grood, C, Ahmed, S, Bosma, K, Burns, KEA, Fowler, R et al.. Improving gender equity in critical care medicine: a protocol to establish priorities and strategies for implementation. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (6):e037090. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037090. PubMed PMID:32532779 PubMed Central PMC7295422.
  9. Ndjaboue, R, Farhat, I, Ferlatte, CA, Ngueta, G, Guay, D, Delorme, S et al.. Predictive models of diabetes complications: protocol for a scoping review. Syst Rev. 2020;9 (1):137. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01391-w. PubMed PMID:32513304 PubMed Central PMC7282106.
  10. Antony, J, Brar, R, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M, Nincic, V, Sharpe, JP et al.. Interventions for the prevention and management of occupational stress injury in first responders: a rapid overview of reviews. Syst Rev. 2020;9 (1):121. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01367-w. PubMed PMID:32475353 PubMed Central PMC7262749.
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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