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 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Lillie, E, Pham, B, Straus, SE. Utility of social media and crowd-sourced data for pharmacovigilance: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (1):e013474. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013474. PubMed PMID:28104709 .
  2. Glasziou, P, Straus, S, Brownlee, S, Trevena, L, Dans, L, Guyatt, G et al.. Evidence for underuse of effective medical services around the world. Lancet. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30946-1. PubMed PMID:28077232 .
  3. Tricco, AC, Thomas, SM, Antony, J, Rios, P, Robson, R, Pattani, R et al.. Strategies to Prevent or Reduce Gender Bias in Peer Review of Research Grants: A Rapid Scoping Review. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (1):e0169718. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169718. PubMed PMID:28061509 .
  4. Zarin, W, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Vafaei, A, Reynen, E, Motiwala, SS et al.. Characteristics and knowledge synthesis approach for 456 network meta-analyses: a scoping review. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):3. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0764-6. PubMed PMID:28052774 PubMed Central PMC5215202.
  5. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Rios, P, Pham, B, Straus, SE, Langlois, EV et al.. Barriers, facilitators, strategies and outcomes to engaging policymakers, healthcare managers and policy analysts in knowledge synthesis: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2016;6 (12):e013929. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013929. PubMed PMID:28011815 PubMed Central PMC5223640.
  6. Tricco, AC, Blondal, E, Veroniki, AA, Soobiah, C, Vafaei, A, Ivory, J et al.. Comparative safety and effectiveness of serotonin receptor antagonists in patients undergoing chemotherapy: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2016;14 (1):216. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0761-9. PubMed PMID:28007031 PubMed Central PMC5180412.
  7. Vogel, JP, Moore, JE, Timmings, C, Khan, S, Khan, DN, Defar, A et al.. Barriers, Facilitators and Priorities for Implementation of WHO Maternal and Perinatal Health Guidelines in Four Lower-Income Countries: A GREAT Network Research Activity. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (11):e0160020. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160020. PubMed PMID:27806041 PubMed Central PMC5091885.
  8. Hutton, B, Burry, LD, Kanji, S, Mehta, S, Guenette, M, Martin, CM et al.. Comparison of sedation strategies for critically ill patients: a protocol for a systematic review incorporating network meta-analyses. Syst Rev. 2016;5 (1):157. doi: 10.1186/s13643-016-0338-x. PubMed PMID:27646881 PubMed Central PMC5029074.
  9. Moore, JE, Uka, S, Vogel, JP, Timmings, C, Rashid, S, Gülmezoglu, AM et al.. Navigating barriers: two-year follow up on recommendations to improve the use of maternal health guidelines in Kosovo. BMC Public Health. 2016;16 :987. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3641-5. PubMed PMID:27633514 PubMed Central PMC5025590.
  10. Puchalski Ritchie, LM, van Lettow, M, Makwakwa, A, Chan, AK, Hamid, JS, Kawonga, H et al.. The impact of a knowledge translation intervention employing educational outreach and a point-of-care reminder tool vs standard lay health worker training on tuberculosis treatment completion rates: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016;17 (1):439. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1563-2. PubMed PMID:27604571 PubMed Central PMC5015212.
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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