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 in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Hsu, JH, Calzavara, A, Vigod, S, Stukel, TA, Kiran, T, Kurdyak, P et al.. Factors Associated With Diabetes Care Quality Among Patients With Schizophrenia in Ontario, Canada. Psychiatr Serv. 2019; :appips201900009. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900009. PubMed PMID:31744427 .
  2. Lofters, AK, Baker, NA, Schuler, A, Rau, A, Baxter, A, Baxter, NN et al.. A "Tea and Cookies" Approach: Co-designing Cancer Screening Interventions with Patients Living with Low Income. J Gen Intern Med. 2019; :. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05400-0. PubMed PMID:31637642 .
  3. Kouyoumdjian, F, Kim, M, Kiran, T, Cheng, S, Fung, K, Orkin, A et al.. Attachment to primary care and team-based primary care: Retrospective cohort study of people who experienced imprisonment in Ontario. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (10):e433-e442. . PubMed PMID:31604754 PubMed Central PMC6788664.
  4. Lavergne, MR, Goldsmith, LJ, Grudniewicz, A, Rudoler, D, Marshall, EG, Ahuja, M et al.. Practice patterns among early-career primary care (ECPC) physicians and workforce planning implications: protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (9):e030477. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030477. PubMed PMID:31551384 PubMed Central PMC6773300.
  5. Kiran, T, Sandhu, P, Aratangy, T, Devotta, K, Lofters, A, Pinto, AD et al.. Patient perspectives on routinely being asked about their race and ethnicity: Qualitative study in primary care. Can Fam Physician. 2019;65 (8):e363-e369. . PubMed PMID:31413042 PubMed Central PMC6693598.
  6. Zhao, G, Kennedy, C, Mabaya, G, Okrainec, K, Kiran, T. Patient engagement in the development of best practices for transitions from hospital to home: a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (8):e029693. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029693. PubMed PMID:31383707 PubMed Central PMC6687029.
  7. 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;211 :105-111.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.03.047. PubMed PMID:31104850 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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