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 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Stall, NM, Kim, SJ, Hardacre, KA, Shah, PS, Straus, SE, Bronskill, SE et al.. Association of Informal Caregiver Distress with Health Outcomes of Community-Dwelling Dementia Care Recipients: A Systematic Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018; :. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15690. PubMed PMID:30536383 .
  2. Sauro, KM, Brundin-Mather, R, Parsons Leigh, J, Niven, DJ, Kushner, B, Soo, A et al.. Improving the adoption of optimal venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in critically ill patients: A process evaluation of a complex quality improvement initiative. J Crit Care. 2018;50 :111-117. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2018.11.023. PubMed PMID:30529419 .
  3. Holroyd-Leduc, JM, Straus, SE. The authors respond to "Tread carefully with #MeToo in the medical profession". CMAJ. 2018;190 (48):E1424. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.71018. PubMed PMID:30510050 PubMed Central PMC6258210.
  4. Merman, E, Pincus, D, Bell, C, Goldberg, N, Luca, S, Jakab, M et al.. Differences in clinical practice guideline authorship by gender. Lancet. 2018;392 (10158):1626-1628. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32268-2. PubMed PMID:30496080 .
  5. Watt, JA, Gomes, T, Bronskill, SE, Huang, A, Austin, PC, Ho, JM et al.. Comparative risk of harm associated with trazodone or atypical antipsychotic use in older adults with dementia: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ. 2018;190 (47):E1376-E1383. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.180551. PubMed PMID:30478215 PubMed Central PMC6246047.
  6. Giguere, AMC, Farmanova, E, Holroyd-Leduc, JM, Straus, SE, Urquhart, R, Carnovale, V et al.. Key stakeholders' views on the quality of care and services available to frail seniors in Canada. BMC Geriatr. 2018;18 (1):290. doi: 10.1186/s12877-018-0969-y. PubMed PMID:30477438 PubMed Central PMC6260583.
  7. Birken, SA, Rohweder, CL, Powell, BJ, Shea, CM, Scott, J, Leeman, J et al.. T-CaST: an implementation theory comparison and selection tool. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):143. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0836-4. PubMed PMID:30466450 PubMed Central PMC6251099.
  8. Yu, CH, Gall Casey, C, Ke, C, Lebovic, G, Straus, SE. Process Evaluation of the Diabetes Canada Guidelines Dissemination Strategy Using the Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance (RE-AIM) Framework. Can J Diabetes. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2018.08.189. PubMed PMID:30415910 .
  9. Elliott, MJ, Goodarzi, Z, Sale, JEM, Wilhelm, LA, Laupacis, A, Hemmelgarn, BR et al.. Perceived Significance of Engagement in Research Prioritization Among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients, Caregivers, and Health Care Professionals: A Qualitative Study. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2018;5 :2054358118807480. doi: 10.1177/2054358118807480. PubMed PMID:30364531 PubMed Central PMC6196622.
  10. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Cardoso, R, Veroniki, AA, Khan, PA, Nincic, V et al.. Efficacy, effectiveness, and safety of herpes zoster vaccines in adults aged 50 and older: systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ. 2018;363 :k4029. . PubMed PMID:30361202 PubMed Central PMC6201212.
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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