Tara Kiran

MD, CCFP, MSc

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Biography

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Dainty, KN, Kiran, T. 'Spending the day with your Family Health Team': rapid ethnography of a patient-centred quality improvement event. BJGP Open. 2020;4 (1):. doi: 10.3399/bjgpopen20X101002. PubMed PMID:31964634 .
  7. Pinto, AD, Shenfeld, E, Lattanzio, R, Aratangy, T, Wang, R, Nisenbaum, R et al.. Routine identification of patients with disabilities in primary care: A mixed-methods study. Disabil Health J. 2020;13 (2):100872. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2019.100872. PubMed PMID:31941610 .
  8. Kiran, T, Wells, D, Okrainec, K, Kennedy, C, Devotta, K, Mabaya, G et al.. Patient and caregiver priorities in the transition from hospital to home: results from province-wide group concept mapping. BMJ Qual Saf. 2020;29 (5):390-400. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009993. PubMed PMID:31907325 .
  9. Birken, CS, Omand, JA, Nurse, KM, Borkhoff, CM, Koroshegyi, C, Lebovic, G et al.. Fit for School Study protocol: early child growth, health behaviours, nutrition, cardiometabolic risk and developmental determinants of a child's school readiness, a prospective cohort. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (11):e030709. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030709. PubMed PMID:31748293 PubMed Central PMC6886995.
  10. 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. 2020;71 (2):188-191. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900009. PubMed PMID:31744427 .
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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
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