Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


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

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 the Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Medicine 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. Thomas, ET, Guppy, M, Straus, SE, Bell, KJL, Glasziou, P. Rate of normal lung function decline in ageing adults: a systematic review of prospective cohort studies. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (6):e028150. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028150. PubMed PMID:31248928 .
  2. Baay, S, Hemmelgarn, B, Tam-Tham, H, Finlay, J, Elliott, MJ, Straus, S et al.. Understanding Adults With Chronic Kidney Disease and Their Caregivers' Self-Management Experiences: A Qualitative Study Using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2019;6 :2054358119848126. doi: 10.1177/2054358119848126. PubMed PMID:31205731 PubMed Central PMC6535912.
  3. Kastner, M, Straus, SE, Hamid, J, Ivers, N, Holroyd-Leduc, J. The authors respond to "Assessing methodologic quality of a meta-analysis on managing chronic disease in older adults". CMAJ. 2019;191 (22):E618. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.72408. PubMed PMID:31160501 .
  4. Veroniki, AA, Ashoor, HM, Le, SPC, Rios, P, Stewart, LA, Clarke, M et al.. Retrieval of individual patient data depended on study characteristics: a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Epidemiol. 2019;113 :176-188. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.05.031. PubMed PMID:31153977 .
  5. Pham, B, Thomas, SM, Lillie, E, Lee, T, Hamid, J, Richter, T et al.. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment for retinal conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (5):e022031. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022031. PubMed PMID:31142516 PubMed Central PMC6549720.
  6. Soobiah, C, Straus, SE, Manley, G, Marr, S, PausJenssen, E, Teare, S et al.. Engaging knowledge users in a systematic review on the comparative effectiveness of geriatrician-led models of care is possible: A cross-sectional survey using the Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool. J Clin Epidemiol. 2019;113 :58-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.05.015. PubMed PMID:31129259 .
  7. Johnson, AM, Moore, JE, Chambers, DA, Rup, J, Dinyarian, C, Straus, SE et al.. How do researchers conceptualize and plan for the sustainability of their NIH R01 implementation projects?. Implement Sci. 2019;14 (1):50. doi: 10.1186/s13012-019-0895-1. PubMed PMID:31072409 PubMed Central PMC6506963.
  8. Dolovich, L, Oliver, D, Lamarche, L, Thabane, L, Valaitis, R, Agarwal, G et al.. Combining volunteers and primary care teamwork to support health goals and needs of older adults: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. CMAJ. 2019;191 (18):E491-E500. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.181173. PubMed PMID:31061074 PubMed Central PMC6509035.
  9. Soobiah, C, Tadrous, M, Knowles, S, Blondal, E, Ashoor, HM, Ghassemi, M et al.. Variability in the validity and reliability of outcome measures identified in a systematic review to assess treatment efficacy of cognitive enhancers for Alzheimer's Dementia. PLoS ONE. 2019;14 (4):e0215225. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215225. PubMed PMID:30998774 PubMed Central PMC6472754.
  10. Gulasingam, P, Haq, R, Mascarenhas Johnson, A, Togo, E, Moore, J, Straus, SE et al.. Using Implementation Science to Promote the Use of the G8 Screening Tool in Geriatric Oncology. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019;67 (5):898-904. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15920. PubMed PMID:30957225 .
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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