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. Engelgau, MM, Narayan, KMV, Ezzati, M, Salicrup, LA, Belis, D, Aron, LY et al.. Implementation Research to Address the United States Health Disadvantage: Report of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Workshop. Glob Heart. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.gheart.2018.03.003. PubMed PMID:29716847 .
  2. Park, JS, Moore, JE, Sayal, R, Holmes, BJ, Scarrow, G, Graham, ID et al.. Evaluation of the "Foundations in Knowledge Translation" training initiative: preparing end users to practice KT. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):63. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0755-4. PubMed PMID:29695267 PubMed Central PMC5918493.
  3. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Rios, P, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Correction to: Engaging policy-makers, health system managers, and policy analysts in the knowledge synthesis process: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):56. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0749-2. PubMed PMID:29661227 PubMed Central PMC5903000.
  4. Strifler, L, Cardoso, R, McGowan, J, Cogo, E, Nincic, V, Khan, PA et al.. Scoping review identifies significant number of knowledge translation theories, models, and frameworks with limited use. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.04.008. PubMed PMID:29660481 .
  5. Pattani, R, Marquez, C, Dinyarian, C, Sharma, M, Bain, J, Moore, JE et al.. The perceived organizational impact of the gender gap across a Canadian department of medicine and proposed strategies to combat it: a qualitative study. BMC Med. 2018;16 (1):48. doi: 10.1186/s12916-018-1032-8. PubMed PMID:29631578 PubMed Central PMC5892007.
  6. Yu, CH, Lillie, E, Mascarenhas-Johnson, A, Gall Casey, C, Straus, SE. Impact of the Canadian Diabetes Association guideline dissemination strategy on clinician knowledge and behaviour change outcomes. Diabetes Res. Clin. Pract. 2018;140 :314-323. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2018.02.041. PubMed PMID:29626591 .
  7. Donald, M, Kahlon, BK, Beanlands, H, Straus, S, Ronksley, P, Herrington, G et al.. Self-management interventions for adults with chronic kidney disease: a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (3):e019814. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019814. PubMed PMID:29567848 PubMed Central PMC5875600.
  8. Nikolakopoulou, A, Mavridis, D, Furukawa, TA, Cipriani, A, Tricco, AC, Straus, SE et al.. Living network meta-analysis compared with pairwise meta-analysis in comparative effectiveness research: empirical study. BMJ. 2018;360 :k585. . PubMed PMID:29490922 PubMed Central PMC5829520.
  9. Niven, DJ, McCormick, TJ, Straus, SE, Hemmelgarn, BR, Jeffs, L, Barnes, TRM et al.. Reproducibility of clinical research in critical care: a scoping review. BMC Med. 2018;16 (1):26. doi: 10.1186/s12916-018-1018-6. PubMed PMID:29463308 PubMed Central PMC5820784.
  10. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Rios, P, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Engaging policy-makers, heath system managers, and policy analysts in the knowledge synthesis process: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):31. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0717-x. PubMed PMID:29433543 PubMed Central PMC5809959.
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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