Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


Please note: Dr. Straus is not taking any summer students in 2019.

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, AI GONZALEZ, Schmucker, C, Nothacker, J, Motschall, E, Nguyen, TS, Brueckle, MS et al.. Health-related preferences of older patients with multimorbidity: an evidence map. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (12):e034485. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034485. PubMed PMID:31843855 PubMed Central PMC6924802.
  2. Leece, P, Khorasheh, T, Corace, K, Strike, C, Bayoumi, AM, Taha, S et al.. Barriers and facilitators to buprenorphine use for opioid agonist treatment: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (12):e032285. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032285. PubMed PMID:31843837 PubMed Central PMC6924699.
  3. Donald, M, Beanlands, H, Straus, S, Ronksley, P, Tam-Tham, H, Finlay, J et al.. Preferences for a self-management e-health tool for patients with chronic kidney disease: results of a patient-oriented consensus workshop. CMAJ Open. ;7 (4):E713-E720. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190081. PubMed PMID:31822502 PubMed Central PMC6905858.
  4. Witteman, HO, Hendricks, M, Straus, S, Tannenbaum, C. Gender bias in CIHR Foundation grant awarding. Lancet. 2019;394 (10214):e41-e42. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31808-2. PubMed PMID:31818412 .
  5. Rios, P, Cardoso, R, Morra, D, Nincic, V, Goodarzi, Z, Farah, B et al.. Comparative effectiveness and safety of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia: an overview of reviews. Syst Rev. 2019;8 (1):281. doi: 10.1186/s13643-019-1163-9. PubMed PMID:31730011 PubMed Central PMC6857325.
  6. Holroyd-Leduc, J, Harris, C, Hamid, JS, Ewusie, JE, Quirk, J, Osiowy, K et al.. Scaling-up implementation in community hospitals: a multisite interrupted time series design of the Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders (MOVE) program in Alberta. BMC Geriatr. 2019;19 (1):288. doi: 10.1186/s12877-019-1311-z. PubMed PMID:31653204 PubMed Central PMC6815022.
  7. Burns, KEA, Straus, SE, Liu, K, Rizvi, L, Guyatt, G. Gender differences in grant and personnel award funding rates at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research based on research content area: A retrospective analysis. PLoS Med. 2019;16 (10):e1002935. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002935. PubMed PMID:31613898 PubMed Central PMC6793847.
  8. Watt, JA, Goodarzi, Z, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Comparative Efficacy of Interventions for Aggressive and Agitated Behaviors in Dementia: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Ann. Intern. Med. 2019; :. doi: 10.7326/M19-0993. PubMed PMID:31610547 .
  9. Yu, CH, Ke, C, Jovicic, A, Hall, S, Straus, SE, IP-SDM Team; et al.. Beyond pros and cons - developing a patient decision aid to cultivate dialog to build relationships: insights from a qualitative study and decision aid development. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019;19 (1):186. doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0898-5. PubMed PMID:31533828 PubMed Central PMC6749701.
  10. Wong, EK, Lachance, CC, Page, MJ, Watt, J, Veroniki, A, Straus, SE et al.. Selective reporting bias in randomised controlled trials from two network meta-analyses: comparison of clinical trial registrations and their respective publications. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (9):e031138. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031138. PubMed PMID:31492792 PubMed Central PMC6731894.
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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