Tara Kiran

MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP

Scientist

Biography

Tara Kiran is the Fidani Chair in Improvement and Innovation and Vice-Chair Quality and Innovation at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. Much of her research has focused on evaluating the impact of Ontario’s primary care reforms on quality of care. For example, her work has tried to understand whether organizing and paying physicians differently makes it more likely for people to get recommended care.

Dr. Kiran has a passion for improving the system she works in. She practices family medicine at the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team. She led the team’s quality improvement program from 2011 to 2018 including efforts to understand patient experience and engage patients in service design. Under her leadership, the team began to systematically collect and report more than 20 indicators of quality and made significant improvements in a number of areas — for example, it became easier for patients to get a timely appointment and more people started receiving recommended cancer screening. In all her work, Dr. Kiran strives to ensure that everyone is getting the care they need, regardless of their income, gender, race, length of time in Canada, or the community they live in. Recent initiatives include trying to improve care for people facing stigma in society such as those who are dependent on opioid medications and those with Hepatitis C.

Over the years, Dr. Kiran has held a number of local and regional leadership roles including as the Board Chair for her Family Health Team, as the Provincial Clinical Lead for the Ontario Diabetes Strategy, and as a Primary Care Physician Lead 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.

Dr. Kiran is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She is a Scientist in MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES.

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

Recent Publications

  1. Abramovich, A, Pang, N, Kunasekaran, S, Moss, A, Kiran, T, Pinto, AD et al.. Examining COVID-19 vaccine uptake and attitudes among 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. BMC Public Health. 2022;22 (1):122. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-12537-x. PubMed PMID:35042491 PubMed Central PMC8764500.
  2. Lofters, AK, Baker, NA, Corrado, AM, Schuler, A, Rau, A, Baxter, NN et al.. Care in the Community: Opportunities to improve cancer screening uptake for people living with low income. Prev Med Rep. 2021;24 :101622. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101622. PubMed PMID:34976677 PubMed Central PMC8684029.
  3. Persaud, N, Thorpe, KE, Bedard, M, Hwang, SW, Pinto, A, Jüni, P et al.. Cash transfer during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Fam Med Community Health. 2021;9 (4):. doi: 10.1136/fmch-2021-001452. PubMed PMID:34924360 PubMed Central PMC8662581.
  4. Premji, K, Sucha, E, Glazier, RH, Green, ME, Wodchis, WP, Hogg, WE et al.. Primary care bonus payments and patient-reported access in urban Ontario: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. ;9 (4):E1080-E1096. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200235. PubMed PMID:34848549 PubMed Central PMC8648352.
  5. Pinto, AD, Shenfeld, E, Aratangy, T, Wang, R, Nisenbaum, R, Lofters, A et al.. Routinely asking patients about income in primary care: a mixed-methods study. BJGP Open. 2022; :. doi: 10.3399/BJGPO.2021.0090. PubMed PMID:34666982 .
  6. Merali, Z, Malhotra, AK, Balas, M, Lorello, GR, Flexman, A, Kiran, T et al.. Gender-based differences in physician payments within the fee-for-service system in Ontario: a retrospective, cross-sectional study. CMAJ. 2021;193 (41):E1584-E1591. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.210437. PubMed PMID:34663601 PubMed Central PMC8547248.
  7. DeRocher, M, Davie, S, Kiran, T. Using positive deviance to improve timely access in primary care. BMJ Open Qual. 2021;10 (4):. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2020-001228. PubMed PMID:34649853 PubMed Central PMC8522670.
  8. Griffiths, S, Stephen, G, Kiran, T, Okrainec, K. "She knows me best": a qualitative study of patient and caregiver views on the role of the primary care physician follow-up post-hospital discharge in individuals admitted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or congestive heart failure. BMC Fam Pract. 2021;22 (1):176. doi: 10.1186/s12875-021-01524-7. PubMed PMID:34488652 PubMed Central PMC8421240.
  9. D'Hollander, CJ, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Birken, CS, O'Connor, DL, Maguire, JL, TARGet Kids! collaboration et al.. Timing of Introduction to Solid Food, Growth, and Nutrition Risk in Later Childhood. J Pediatr. 2022;240 :102-109.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.08.076. PubMed PMID:34481809 .
  10. Jaakkimainen, L, Bayoumi, I, Glazier, RH, Premji, K, Kiran, T, Khan, S et al.. Development and validation of an algorithm using health administrative data to define patient attachment to primary care providers. J Health Organ Manag. 2021;ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print):. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-05-2020-0171. PubMed PMID:34304401 .
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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
  • Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
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