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. Moore, JE, Rashid, S, Park, JS, Khan, S, Straus, SE. Longitudinal evaluation of a course to build core competencies in implementation practice. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):106. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0800-3. PubMed PMID:30081921 PubMed Central PMC6080520.
  2. Tricco, AC, Rios, P, Zarin, W, Cardoso, R, Diaz, S, Nincic, V et al.. Prevention and management of unprofessional behaviour among adults in the workplace: A scoping review. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (7):e0201187. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201187. PubMed PMID:30048512 PubMed Central PMC6062077.
  3. Antony, J, Zarin, W, Pham, B, Nincic, V, Cardoso, R, Ivory, JD et al.. Patient safety initiatives in obstetrics: a rapid review. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (7):e020170. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020170. PubMed PMID:29982200 PubMed Central PMC6042535.
  4. Gupta, S, Lam Shin Cheung, V, Kastner, M, Straus, S, Kaplan, A, Boulet, LP et al.. Patient Preferences for a Touch Screen Tablet-Based Asthma Questionnaire. J Asthma. 2018; :1-30. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2018.1490750. PubMed PMID:29972087 .
  5. Ho, JM, Tung, J, Maitland, J, Mangin, D, Thabane, L, Pavlin, JM et al.. GeriMedRisk, a telemedicine geriatric pharmacology consultation service to address adverse drug events in long-term care: a stepped-wedge cluster randomized feasibility trial protocol (ISRCTN17219647). Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2018;4 :116. doi: 10.1186/s40814-018-0300-x. PubMed PMID:29951221 PubMed Central PMC6011190.
  6. Marquez, C, Johnson, AM, Jassemi, S, Park, J, Moore, JE, Blaine, C et al.. Enhancing the uptake of systematic reviews of effects: what is the best format for health care managers and policy-makers? A mixed-methods study. Implement Sci. 2018;13 (1):84. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0779-9. PubMed PMID:29929538 PubMed Central PMC6014014.
  7. Moore, JE, Marquez, C, Dufresne, K, Harris, C, Park, J, Sayal, R et al.. Supporting the implementation of stroke quality-based procedures (QBPs): a mixed methods evaluation to identify knowledge translation activities, knowledge translation interventions, and determinants of implementation across Ontario. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018;18 (1):466. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3220-9. PubMed PMID:29914466 PubMed Central PMC6006745.
  8. Veroniki, AA, Antony, J, Straus, SE, Ashoor, HM, Finkelstein, Y, Khan, PA et al.. Comparative safety and effectiveness of perinatal antiretroviral therapies for HIV-infected women and their children: Systematic review and network meta-analysis including different study designs. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (6):e0198447. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198447. PubMed PMID:29912896 PubMed Central PMC6005568.
  9. Pattani, R, Ginsburg, S, Mascarenhas Johnson, A, Moore, JE, Jassemi, S, Straus, SE et al.. Organizational Factors Contributing to Incivility at an Academic Medical Center and Systems-Based Solutions: A Qualitative Study. Acad Med. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002310. PubMed PMID:29901655 .
  10. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Lillie, E, Jeblee, S, Warren, R, Khan, PA et al.. Utility of social media and crowd-intelligence data for pharmacovigilance: a scoping review. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2018;18 (1):38. doi: 10.1186/s12911-018-0621-y. PubMed PMID:29898743 PubMed Central PMC6001022.
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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