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. Florez, ID, Brouwers, MC, Kerkvliet, K, Spithoff, K, Alonso-Coello, P, Burgers, J et al.. Assessment of the quality of recommendations from 161 clinical practice guidelines using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation-Recommendations Excellence (AGREE-REX) instrument shows there is room for improvement. Implement Sci. 2020;15 (1):79. doi: 10.1186/s13012-020-01036-5. PubMed PMID:32948216 .
  2. Kouri, A, Yamada, J, Sale, JEM, Straus, SE, Gupta, S. Primary Care Pre-Visit Electronic Patient Questionnaire for Asthma: Uptake Analysis and Predictor Modeling. J. Med. Internet Res. 2020;22 (9):e19358. doi: 10.2196/19358. PubMed PMID:32945779 .
  3. Vyas, MV, Watt, JA, Yu, AYX, Straus, SE, Kapral, MK. The association between loneliness and medication use in older adults. Age Ageing. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afaa177. PubMed PMID:32931548 .
  4. Tricco, AC, Lachance, CC, Rios, P, Darvesh, N, Antony, J, Radhakrishnan, A et al.. Global evidence of gender inequity in academic health research: a living scoping review protocol. JBI Evid Synth. 2020; :. doi: 10.11124/JBIES-20-00078. PubMed PMID:32925395 .
  5. Kastner, M, Makarski, J, Hayden, L, Lai, Y, Chan, J, Treister, V et al.. Improving KT tools and products: development and evaluation of a framework for creating optimized, Knowledge-activated Tools (KaT). Implement Sci Commun. 2020;1 :47. doi: 10.1186/s43058-020-00031-7. PubMed PMID:32885203 PubMed Central PMC7427906.
  6. Filler, T, Foster, AM, Grace, SL, Stewart, DE, Straus, SE, Gagliardi, AR et al.. Patient-Centered Care for Women: Delphi Consensus on Evidence-Derived Recommendations. Value Health. 2020;23 (8):1012-1019. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2020.03.017. PubMed PMID:32828212 .
  7. Harasym, P, Brisbin, S, Afzaal, M, Sinnarajah, A, Venturato, L, Quail, P et al.. Barriers and facilitators to optimal supportive end-of-life palliative care in long-term care facilities: a qualitative descriptive study of community-based and specialist palliative care physicians' experiences, perceptions and perspectives. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (8):e037466. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037466. PubMed PMID:32759247 PubMed Central PMC7409966.
  8. Vachon, B, Curran, JA, Karunananthan, S, Brehaut, J, Graham, ID, Moher, D et al.. A concept analysis and meta-narrative review established a comprehensive theoretical definition of replication research to improve its use. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.07.006. PubMed PMID:32682961 .
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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