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. 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.
  2. 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. 2021; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.08.076. PubMed PMID:34481809 .
  3. 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 .
  4. Zhong, A, Davie, S, Wang, R, Kiran, T. Understanding disparities in primary care patient experience. Can Fam Physician. 2021;67 (7):e178-e187. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6707e178. PubMed PMID:34261726 PubMed Central PMC8279669.
  5. Li, X, Vanderloo, LM, Maguire, JL, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Aglipay, M, Anderson, LN et al.. Public health preventive measures and child health behaviours during COVID-19: a cohort study. Can J Public Health. 2021; :. doi: 10.17269/s41997-021-00549-w. PubMed PMID:34232489 PubMed Central PMC8261798.
  6. Kiran, T, Craig-Neil, A, Das, P, Lockwood, J, Wang, R, Nathanielsz, N et al.. Factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 positivity in 20 homeless shelters in Toronto, Canada, from April to July 2020: a repeated cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. ;9 (1):E302-E308. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200253. PubMed PMID:33785478 PubMed Central PMC8096394.
  7. Desveaux, L, Ivers, NM, Devotta, K, Ramji, N, Weyman, K, Kiran, T et al.. Unpacking the intention to action gap: a qualitative study understanding how physicians engage with audit and feedback. Implement Sci. 2021;16 (1):19. doi: 10.1186/s13012-021-01088-1. PubMed PMID:33596946 PubMed Central PMC7891166.
  8. Cadel, L, Guilcher, SJT, Kokorelias, KM, Sutherland, J, Glasby, J, Kiran, T et al.. Initiatives for improving delayed discharge from a hospital setting: a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2021;11 (2):e044291. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044291. PubMed PMID:33574153 PubMed Central PMC7880119.
  9. Glazier, RH, Green, ME, Wu, FC, Frymire, E, Kopp, A, Kiran, T et al.. Shifts in office and virtual primary care during the early COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, Canada. CMAJ. 2021;193 (6):E200-E210. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.202303. PubMed PMID:33558406 PubMed Central PMC7954541.
  10. Girdhari, R, Krueger, P, Wang, R, Meaney, C, Domb, S, Larsen, D et al.. Electronic communication between family physicians and patients: Findings from a multisite survey of academic family physicians in Ontario. Can Fam Physician. 2021;67 (1):39-46. doi: 10.46747/cfp.670139. PubMed PMID:33483396 PubMed Central PMC7822615.
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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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