Tara Kiran

MD, CCFP, MSc

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Email: KiranT@smh.ca
Twitter: @tara_kiran

Biography

Dr. Tara Kiran is a family physician and a clinician investigator at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Kiran’s research evaluates the impact of primary care reforms in Ontario. She has published on the effect of physician payment incentives on diabetes care and cancer screening. She is also involved in several projects evaluating the quality of care Ontario’s primary care models. Dr. Kiran aims to take an equity lens in all her research to understand how reforms have impacted the most vulnerable in society.

Dr. Kiran is currently the Quality Improvement (QI) Program Director and Board Chair for the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team (SMHAFHT). She has recently embarked on doing QI research within primary care. She is co-leading work to design and test interventions to reduce income-related disparities in cancer screening.

Dr. Kiran has held numerous advisory roles with local and provincial government. Between 2011 and 2012, she was the Provincial Clinical Lead for the Ontario Diabetes Strategy with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She currently serves as a Primary Care Advisor for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. In 2013, Dr. Kiran received the CIHR Rising Star Award from the Institute for Health Services and Policy Research. In 2015, her article on payment incentives for cancer screening was selected to receive the Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Please note: Dr. Kiran is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Wong, VCH, Maguire, JL, Omand, JA, Dai, DWH, Lebovic, G, Parkin, PC et al.. A Positive Association Between Dietary Intake of Higher Cow's Milk-Fat Percentage and Non-High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol in Young Children. J. Pediatr. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.03.047. PubMed PMID:31104850 .
  2. Spithoff, S, Kiran, T, Khuu, W, Kahan, M, Guan, Q, Tadrous, M et al.. Quality of primary care among individuals receiving treatment for opioid use disorder. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (5):343-351. . PubMed PMID:31088874 PubMed Central PMC6516690.
  3. Carsley, S, Parkin, PC, Tu, K, Pullenayegum, E, Persaud, N, Maguire, JL et al.. Reliability of routinely collected anthropometric measurements in primary care. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019;19 (1):84. doi: 10.1186/s12874-019-0726-8. PubMed PMID:31014250 PubMed Central PMC6480730.
  4. Glazier, RH, Green, ME, Frymire, E, Kopp, A, Hogg, W, Premji, K et al.. Do Incentive Payments Reward The Wrong Providers? A Study Of Primary Care Reform In Ontario, Canada. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019;38 (4):624-632. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05272. PubMed PMID:30933575 .
  5. Kiran, T, Davie, S, Singh, D, Hranilovic, S, Pinto, AD, Abramovich, A et al.. Cancer screening rates among transgender adults: Cross-sectional analysis of primary care data. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (1):e30-e37. . PubMed PMID:30674526 PubMed Central PMC6347308.
  6. Pinto, AD, Aratangy, T, Abramovich, A, Devotta, K, Nisenbaum, R, Wang, R et al.. Routine collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data: a mixed-methods study. CMAJ. 2019;191 (3):E63-E68. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.180839. PubMed PMID:30665975 PubMed Central PMC6336479.
  7. Sypes, EE, Parkin, PC, Birken, CS, Carsley, S, MacArthur, C, Maguire, JL et al.. Higher Body Mass Index Is Associated with Iron Deficiency in Children 1 to 3 Years of Age. J. Pediatr. 2019;207 :198-204.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.11.035. PubMed PMID:30630632 .
  8. Kiran, T, Davie, S, Moineddin, R, Lofters, A. Mailed Letter Versus Phone Call to Increase Uptake of Cancer Screening: A Pragmatic, Randomized Trial. J Am Board Fam Med. ;31 (6):857-868. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2018.06.170369. PubMed PMID:30413542 .
  9. Kiran, T, Ramji, N, Derocher, MB, Girdhari, R, Davie, S, Lam-Antoniades, M et al.. Ten tips for advancing a culture of improvement in primary care. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019;28 (7):582-587. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2018-008451. PubMed PMID:30381328 .
  10. Glazier, RH, Kiran, T. Doctors and Canadian Medicare: Improving System Performance Requires System Change. Healthc Pap. 2018;17 (4):41-47. doi: 10.12927/hcpap.2018.25577. PubMed PMID:30291709 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Board Chair and Quality Improvement Program Director, St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team
  • Clinician Investigator, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
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