Tara Kiran


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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.

Recent Publications

  1. Cohen, M, Kiran, T. Closing the gender pay gap in Canadian medicine. CMAJ. 2020;192 (35):E1011-E1017. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200375. PubMed PMID:32868274 PubMed Central PMC7458685.
  2. Abramovich, A, de Oliveira, C, Kiran, T, Iwajomo, T, Ross, LE, Kurdyak, P et al.. Assessment of Health Conditions and Health Service Use Among Transgender Patients in Canada. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3 (8):e2015036. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.15036. PubMed PMID:32857149 PubMed Central PMC7455854.
  3. Kiran, T, Rodrigues, JJ, Aratangy, T, Devotta, K, Sava, N, O'Campo, P et al.. Awareness and Use of Community Services among Primary Care Physicians. Healthc Policy. 2020;16 (1):58-77. doi: 10.12927/hcpol.2020.26290. PubMed PMID:32813640 PubMed Central PMC7435080.
  4. O'Neill, B, Ferrer, R, O'Brien, P, Watt, G, Gottlieb, L, Pinto, A et al.. Improving Equity Through Primary Care: Proceedings of the 2019 Toronto International Conference on Quality in Primary Care. Ann Fam Med. 2020;18 (4):364-369. doi: 10.1370/afm.2560. PubMed PMID:32661039 PubMed Central PMC7358019.
  5. Gunaseelan, V, Parkin, PC, Wahi, G, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL, Macarthur, C et al.. Maternal ethnicity and iron status in early childhood in Toronto, Canada: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2020;4 (1):e000635. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000635. PubMed PMID:32509978 PubMed Central PMC7254107.
  6. Kiran, T, Green, ME, DeWit, Y, Khan, S, Schultz, S, Kopp, A et al.. Association of physician payment model and team-based care with timely access in primary care: a population-based cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. ;8 (2):E328-E337. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190063. PubMed PMID:32381684 PubMed Central PMC7207031.
  7. Tilli, T, Hunchuck, J, Dewhurst, N, Kiran, T. Opioid stewardship: implementing a proactive, pharmacist-led intervention for patients coprescribed opioids and benzodiazepines at an urban academic primary care centre. BMJ Open Qual. 2020;9 (2):. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2019-000635. PubMed PMID:32269056 PubMed Central PMC7170545.
  8. Davie, S, Kiran, T. Partnering with patients to improve access to primary care. BMJ Open Qual. 2020;9 (2):. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2019-000777. PubMed PMID:32241765 PubMed Central PMC7170539.
  9. Kiran, T, Wells, D, Okrainec, K, Kennedy, C, Devotta, K, Mabaya, G et al.. Patient and caregiver experience in the transition from hospital to home - brainstorming results from group concept mapping: a patient-oriented study. CMAJ Open. ;8 (1):E121-E133. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190009. PubMed PMID:32127383 PubMed Central PMC7055492.
  10. Kiran, T, Tepper, J, Gavin, F. Working with patients to improve care. CMAJ. 2020;192 (6):E125-E127. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190439. PubMed PMID:32041695 PubMed Central PMC7012621.
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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