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.

Recent Publications

  1. Rashid, S, Moore, JE, Timmings, C, Vogel, JP, Ganatra, B, Khan, DN et al.. Evaluating implementation of the World Health Organization's Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion. Reprod Health. 2017;14 (1):153. doi: 10.1186/s12978-017-0405-3. PubMed PMID:29157274 .
  2. Moore, AE, Straus, SE, Kasperavicius, D, Bell, NR, Dickinson, JA, Grad, R et al.. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (11):e466-e472. . PubMed PMID:29138169 .
  3. Moore, AE, Straus, SE, Kasperavicius, D, Bell, NR, Dickinson, JA, Grad, R et al.. Knowledge translation tools in preventive health care. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (11):853-858. . PubMed PMID:29138155 .
  4. Tricco, AC, Ashoor, HM, Soobiah, C, Rios, P, Veroniki, AA, Hamid, JS et al.. Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Cognitive Enhancers for Treating Alzheimer's Disease: Systematic Review and Network Metaanalysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017; :. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15069. PubMed PMID:29131306 .
  5. Tricco, AC, Thomas, SM, Veroniki, AA, Hamid, JS, Cogo, E, Strifler, L et al.. Comparisons of Interventions for Preventing Falls in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2017;318 (17):1687-1699. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.15006. PubMed PMID:29114830 .
  6. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Ghassemi, M, Nincic, V, Lillie, E, Page, MJ et al.. Same family, different species: Methodological conduct and quality varies according to purpose for five types of knowledge synthesis. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.10.014. PubMed PMID:29103958 .
  7. Bakel, LA, Hamid, J, Ewusie, J, Liu, K, Mussa, J, Straus, S et al.. International Variation in Asthma and Bronchiolitis Guidelines. Pediatrics. 2017;140 (5):. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0092. PubMed PMID:29070533 .
  8. Liu, B, Moore, JE, Almaawiy, U, Chan, WH, Khan, S, Ewusie, J et al.. Outcomes of Mobilisation of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario (MOVE ON): a multisite interrupted time series evaluation of an implementation intervention to increase patient mobilisation. Age Ageing. 2017; :1-7. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afx128. PubMed PMID:28985310 .
  9. Galipeau, J, Cobey, KD, Barbour, V, Baskin, P, Bell-Syer, S, Deeks, J et al.. An international survey and modified Delphi process revealed editors' perceptions, training needs, and ratings of competency-related statements for the development of core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals. F1000Res. 2017;6 :1634. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.12400.1. PubMed PMID:28979768 PubMed Central PMC5605946.
  10. Moher, D, Galipeau, J, Alam, S, Barbour, V, Bartolomeos, K, Baskin, P et al.. Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consensus statement. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):167. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0927-0. PubMed PMID:28893269 PubMed Central PMC5592713.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Deputy 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