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. 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.
  2. Watt, J, Goodarzi, Z, Tricco, AC, Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE. Comparative safety and efficacy of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):182. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0572-x. PubMed PMID:28882156 PubMed Central PMC5590133.
  3. Cardoso, R, Zarin, W, Nincic, V, Barber, SL, Gulmezoglu, AM, Wilson, C et al.. Evaluative reports on medical malpractice policies in obstetrics: a rapid scoping review. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):181. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0569-5. PubMed PMID:28874176 PubMed Central PMC5586050.
  4. Moore, JE, Mascarenhas, A, Bain, J, Straus, SE. Developing a comprehensive definition of sustainability. Implement Sci. 2017;12 (1):110. doi: 10.1186/s13012-017-0637-1. PubMed PMID:28865479 PubMed Central PMC5581411.
  5. Tonelli, M, Wiebe, N, Straus, S, Fortin, M, Guthrie, B, James, MT et al.. Multimorbidity, dementia and health care in older people:a population-based cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2017;5 (3):E623-E631. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20170052. PubMed PMID:28811281 .
  6. Kastner, M, Sayal, R, Oliver, D, Straus, SE, Dolovich, L. Sustainability and scalability of a volunteer-based primary care intervention (Health TAPESTRY): a mixed-methods analysis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017;17 (1):514. doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2468-9. PubMed PMID:28764687 PubMed Central PMC5540508.
  7. Hoffmann, T, Straus, S. Sharing Knowledge for Health Care. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177 (9):1243-1244. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.2080. PubMed PMID:28738133 .
  8. Veroniki, AA, Rios, P, Cogo, E, Straus, SE, Finkelstein, Y, Kealey, R et al.. Comparative safety of antiepileptic drugs for neurological development in children exposed during pregnancy and breast feeding: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (7):e017248. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017248. PubMed PMID:28729328 .
  9. Ewusie, JE, Blondal, E, Soobiah, C, Beyene, J, Thabane, L, Straus, SE et al.. Methods, applications, interpretations and challenges of interrupted time series (ITS) data: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (6):e016018. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016018. PubMed PMID:28674142 .
  10. Veroniki, AA, Cogo, E, Rios, P, Straus, SE, Finkelstein, Y, Kealey, R et al.. Comparative safety of anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy: a systematic review and network meta-analysis of congenital malformations and prenatal outcomes. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):95. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0845-1. PubMed PMID:28472982 PubMed Central PMC5418725.
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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