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 and Quality of Care and more than $30 million in peer reviewed research grants as a principal investigator. 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-PI of KT Canada, a CIHR and CFI 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. 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. Tricco, AC, Lillie, E, Zarin, W, O'Brien, K, Colquhoun, H, Kastner, M et al.. A scoping review on the conduct and reporting of scoping reviews. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2016;16 (1):15. doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0116-4. PubMed PMID:26857112 PubMed Central PMC4746911.
  2. Galipeau, J, Barbour, V, Baskin, P, Bell-Syer, S, Cobey, K, Cumpston, M et al.. A scoping review of competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals. BMC Med. 2016;14 (1):16. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0561-2. PubMed PMID:26837937 PubMed Central PMC4739383.
  3. Munce, SE, Webster, F, Fehlings, MG, Straus, SE, Jang, E, Jaglal, SB et al.. Meaning of self-management from the perspective of individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury, their caregivers, and acute care and rehabilitation managers: an opportunity for improved care delivery. BMC Neurol. 2016;16 (1):11. doi: 10.1186/s12883-016-0534-2. PubMed PMID:26801243 PubMed Central PMC4724136.
  4. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Ashoor, HM, Hamid, JS, Hemmelgarn, BR, Holroyd-Leduc, J et al.. Comparative safety and effectiveness of cognitive enhancers for Alzheimer's dementia: protocol for a systematic review and individual patient data network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2016;6 (1):e010251. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010251. PubMed PMID:26769792 PubMed Central PMC4735316.
  5. Tricco, AC, Cardoso, R, Thomas, SM, Motiwala, S, Sullivan, S, Kealey, MR et al.. Barriers and facilitators to uptake of systematic reviews by policy makers and health care managers: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2016;11 (1):4. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0370-1. PubMed PMID:26753923 PubMed Central PMC4709874.
  6. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Ashoor, HM, Hamid, JS, Yu, C, Tricco, AC et al.. Safety and effectiveness of long-acting versus intermediate-acting insulin for patients with type 1 diabetes: protocol for a systematic review and individual patient data network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2015;5 (12):e010160. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010160. PubMed PMID:26719325 PubMed Central PMC4710824.
  7. Grudniewicz, A, Kealy, R, Rodseth, RN, Hamid, J, Rudoler, D, Straus, SE et al.. What is the effectiveness of printed educational materials on primary care physician knowledge, behaviour, and patient outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Implement Sci. 2015;10 :164. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0347-5. PubMed PMID:26626547 PubMed Central PMC4666153.
  8. Voruganti, T, O'Brien, MA, Straus, SE, McLaughlin, JR, Grunfeld, E. Primary care physicians' perspectives on computer-based health risk assessment tools for chronic diseases: a mixed methods study. J Innov Health Inform. 2015;22 (3):333-9. . PubMed PMID:26577424 .
  9. Grudniewicz, A, Bhattacharyya, O, McKibbon, KA, Straus, SE. Redesigning printed educational materials for primary care physicians: design improvements increase usability. Implement Sci. 2015;10 :156. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0339-5. PubMed PMID:26537589 PubMed Central PMC4634785.
  10. Puchalski Ritchie, LM, van Lettow, M, Hosseinipour, MC, Rosenberg, NE, Phiri, S, Landes, M et al.. The effectiveness of interventions to improve uptake and retention of HIV-infected pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants in prevention of mother-to-child transmission care programs in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2015;4 :144. doi: 10.1186/s13643-015-0136-x. PubMed PMID:26525141 PubMed Central PMC4630855.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • Deputy Physician in Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Division Director, Geriatric 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