Tara Kiran


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Email: KiranT@smh.ca
Twitter: @tara_kiran


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.

Recent Publications

  1. Sharp, JR, Maguire, JL, Carsley, S, Abdullah, K, Chen, Y, Perrin, EM et al.. Temperament Is Associated With Outdoor Free Play in Young Children: A TARGet Kids! Study. Acad Pediatr. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.08.006. PubMed PMID:28842293 .
  2. Coons, MJ, Greiver, M, Aliarzadeh, B, Meaney, C, Moineddin, R, Williamson, T et al.. Is glycemia control in Canadians with diabetes individualized? A cross-sectional observational study. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017;5 (1):e000316. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000316. PubMed PMID:28761645 PubMed Central PMC5530242.
  3. Guan, Q, Khuu, W, Spithoff, S, Kiran, T, Kahan, M, Tadrous, M et al.. Patterns of physician prescribing for opioid maintenance treatment in Ontario, Canada in 2014. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017;177 :315-321. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.05.002. PubMed PMID:28733101 .
  4. Kiran, T, Glazier, RH, Moineddin, R, Gu, S, Wilton, AS, Paszat, L et al.. The Impact of a Population-Based Screening Program on Income- and Immigration-Related Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2017;26 (9):1401-1410. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0301. PubMed PMID:28626067 .
  5. Kurdyak, P, Vigod, S, Duchen, R, Jacob, B, Stukel, T, Kiran, T et al.. Diabetes quality of care and outcomes: Comparison of individuals with and without schizophrenia. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2017;46 :7-13. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2017.02.001. PubMed PMID:28622820 .
  6. Feldman, J, Davie, S, Kiran, T. Measuring and improving cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening rates in a multi-site urban practice in Toronto, Canada. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2017;6 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjquality.u213991.w5531. PubMed PMID:28469908 PubMed Central PMC5411724.
  7. Mascarenhas, A, Moore, JE, Tricco, AC, Hamid, J, Daly, C, Bain, J et al.. Perceptions and experiences of a gender gap at a Canadian research institute and potential strategies to mitigate this gap: a sequential mixed-methods study. CMAJ Open. ;5 (1):E144-E151. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160114. PubMed PMID:28401131 PubMed Central PMC5378536.
  8. Wong, PD, Birken, CS, Parkin, PC, Venu, I, Chen, Y, Schroth, RJ et al.. Total Breast-Feeding Duration and Dental Caries in Healthy Urban Children. Acad Pediatr. 2017;17 (3):310-315. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.10.021. PubMed PMID:28385327 .
  9. Kiran, T, Kopp, A, Glazier, RH. Those Left Behind From Voluntary Medical Home Reforms in Ontario, Canada. Ann Fam Med. 2016;14 (6):517-525. doi: 10.1370/afm.2000. PubMed PMID:28376438 PubMed Central PMC5389393.
  10. Slater, M, Kiran, T. Measuring the patient experience in primary care: Comparing e-mail and waiting room survey delivery in a family health team. Can Fam Physician. 2016;62 (12):e740-e748. . PubMed PMID:27965350 PubMed Central PMC5154665.
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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