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 and Quality of Care and more than $30 million in peer reviewed research grants as a principal investigator. 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-PI of KT Canada, a CIHR and CFI 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. 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. Campsall, P, Colizza, K, Straus, S, Stelfox, HT. Financial Relationships between Organizations That Produce Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Biomedical Industry: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS Med. 2016;13 (5):e1002029. Epub 2016/5/31. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002029. PubMed PMID:27244653 PubMed Central PMC4887051.
  2. Chambers, DA, Proctor, EK, Brownson, RC, Straus, SE. Erratum to: Mapping training needs for dissemination and implementation research: lessons from a synthesis of existing D&I research training programs. Transl Behav Med. 2016; :. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0411-y. PubMed PMID:27234151 .
  3. Moore, JE, Grouchy, M, Graham, ID, Shandling, M, Doyle, W, Straus, SE et al.. The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program: Reach, Sustainability, Spread and Lessons Learned from an Implementation Funding Model. Healthc Policy. 2016;11 (4):27-39. . PubMed PMID:27232234 PubMed Central PMC4872550.
  4. Honein-AbouHaidar, GN, Kastner, M, Vuong, V, Perrier, L, Daly, C, Rabeneck, L et al.. Systematic Review and Meta-study Synthesis of Qualitative Studies Evaluating Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in Colorectal Cancer Screening. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2016;25 (6):907-17. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-0990. PubMed PMID:27197277 .
  5. Hemmelgarn, BR, Pannu, N, Ahmed, SB, Elliott, MJ, Tam-Tham, H, Lillie, E et al.. Determining the research priorities for patients with chronic kidney disease not on dialysis. Nephrol. Dial. Transplant. 2016; :. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfw065. PubMed PMID:27190349 .
  6. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Soobiah, C, Elliott, MJ, Tricco, AC. A scoping review of indirect comparison methods and applications using individual patient data. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2016;16 (1):47. doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0146-y. PubMed PMID:27116943 PubMed Central PMC4847203.
  7. Tricco, AC, Ashoor, HM, Cardoso, R, MacDonald, H, Cogo, E, Kastner, M et al.. Sustainability of knowledge translation interventions in healthcare decision-making: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2016;11 (1):55. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0421-7. PubMed PMID:27097827 PubMed Central PMC4839064.
  8. Tricco, AC, Cogo, E, Page, MJ, Polisena, J, Booth, A, Dwan, K et al.. A third of systematic reviews changed or did not specify the primary outcome: a PROSPERO register study. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.03.025. PubMed PMID:27079845 .
  9. Dolovich, L, Oliver, D, Lamarche, L, Agarwal, G, Carr, T, Chan, D et al.. A protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial using the Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality (Health TAPESTRY) platform approach to promote person-focused primary healthcare for older adults. Implement Sci. 2016;11 :49. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0407-5. PubMed PMID:27044360 PubMed Central PMC4820854.
  10. Chambers, DA, Proctor, EK, Brownson, RC, Straus, SE. Mapping training needs for dissemination and implementation research: lessons from a synthesis of existing D&I research training programs. Transl Behav Med. 2016; :. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0399-3. PubMed PMID:27030472 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • Deputy Physician in Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Division Director, Geriatric 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