Sharon Straus


Director, Knowledge Translation Program

Research Programs


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

Sharon E. Straus is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist who trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford.  She is the Director of the Knowledge Translation Program and Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor in Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and 3 textbooks in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation and mentorship.  Since 2015, she has consistently been in the top 1% of highly cited clinical researchers as per Web of Science and has an H-index of 86. She holds more than $57 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator.  She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.


Recent Publications

  1. Sibley, KM, Thomas, SM, Veroniki, AA, Rodrigues, M, Hamid, JS, Lachance, CC et al.. Comparative effectiveness of exercise interventions for preventing falls in older adults: A secondary analysis of a systematic review with network meta-analysis. Exp Gerontol. 2020;143 :111151. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2020.111151. PubMed PMID:33186739 .
  2. Wong, EKC, Belza, C, Naimark, DMJ, Straus, SE, Wijeysundera, HC. Cost-effectiveness of antithrombotic agents for atrial fibrillation in older adults at risk for falls: a mathematical modelling study. CMAJ Open. ;8 (4):E706-E714. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200107. PubMed PMID:33158928 PubMed Central PMC7661050.
  3. Moore, A, Straus, S, Lexchin, J, Thombs, BD. Financial conflict of interest among clinical practice guideline-producing organisations. Br J Gen Pract. 2020;70 (700):530-531. doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X713177. PubMed PMID:33122267 PubMed Central PMC7594812.
  4. Daly, CH, Mbuagbaw, L, Thabane, L, Straus, SE, Hamid, JS. Spie charts for quantifying treatment effectiveness and safety in multiple outcome network meta-analysis: a proof-of-concept study. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2020;20 (1):266. doi: 10.1186/s12874-020-01128-2. PubMed PMID:33115431 PubMed Central PMC7592566.
  5. Wang, L, Ma, H, Yiu, KCY, Calzavara, A, Landsman, D, Luong, L et al.. Heterogeneity in testing, diagnosis and outcome in SARS-CoV-2 infection across outbreak settings in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada: an observational study. CMAJ Open. ;8 (4):E627-E636. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200213. PubMed PMID:33037070 PubMed Central PMC7567509.
  6. Vachon, B, Curran, JA, Karunananthan, S, Brehaut, J, Graham, ID, Moher, D et al.. Changing research culture toward more use of replication research: a narrative review of barriers and strategies. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020;129 :21-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.09.027. PubMed PMID:33007459 .
  7. Yu, C, Choi, D, Bruno, BA, Thorpe, KE, Straus, SE, Cantarutti, P et al.. Impact of MyDiabetesPlan, a Web-Based Patient Decision Aid on Decisional Conflict, Diabetes Distress, Quality of Life, and Chronic Illness Care in Patients With Diabetes: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2020;22 (9):e16984. doi: 10.2196/16984. PubMed PMID:32996893 PubMed Central PMC7557444.
  8. Rios, P, Radhakrishnan, A, Williams, C, Ramkissoon, N, Pham, B, Cormack, GV et al.. Preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and other coronaviruses in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care: a rapid review. Syst Rev. 2020;9 (1):218. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01486-4. PubMed PMID:32977848 PubMed Central PMC7517751.
  9. Gogovor, A, Mollayeva, T, Etherington, N, Colantonio, A, Légaré, F, GIKT Group et al.. Sex and gender analysis in knowledge translation interventions: challenges and solutions. Health Res Policy Syst. 2020;18 (1):108. doi: 10.1186/s12961-020-00625-6. PubMed PMID:32967674 PubMed Central PMC7509920.
  10. Mishra, S, Wang, L, Ma, H, Yiu, KCY, Paterson, JM, Kim, E et al.. Estimated surge in hospital and intensive care admission because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada: a mathematical modelling study. CMAJ Open. ;8 (3):E593-E604. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200093. PubMed PMID:32963024 PubMed Central PMC7641231.
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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