Sharon Straus



Research Programs


Sharon E. Straus is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist who trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford.  She is the Director of the Knowledge Translation Program and Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor in Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and 3 textbooks in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation and mentorship.  Since 2015, she has consistently been in the top 1% of highly cited clinical researchers as per Web of Science and has an H-index of 103. She has held more than $60 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator.  She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.


Recent Publications

  1. Hamel, C, Garritty, C, Hersi, M, Butler, C, Esmaeilisaraji, L, Rice, D et al.. Models of provider care in long-term care: A rapid scoping review. PLoS One. 2021;16 (7):e0254527. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0254527. PubMed PMID:34270578 .
  2. McArthur, C, Bai, Y, Hewston, P, Giangregorio, L, Straus, S, Papaioannou, A et al.. Barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based guidelines in long-term care: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Implement Sci. 2021;16 (1):70. doi: 10.1186/s13012-021-01140-0. PubMed PMID:34243789 PubMed Central PMC8267230.
  3. Puchalski Ritchie, LM, Kip, EC, Mundeva, H, van Lettow, M, Makwakwa, A, Straus, SE et al.. Process evaluation of an implementation strategy to support uptake of a tuberculosis treatment adherence intervention to improve TB care and outcomes in Malawi. BMJ Open. 2021;11 (7):e048499. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048499. PubMed PMID:34215610 PubMed Central PMC8256754.
  4. Fiest, KM, Krewulak, KD, Hiploylee, C, Bagshaw, SM, Burns, KEA, Cook, DJ et al.. An environmental scan of visitation policies in Canadian intensive care units during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Can J Anaesth. 2021; :. doi: 10.1007/s12630-021-02049-4. PubMed PMID:34195922 PubMed Central PMC8244673.
  5. van Allen, Z, Bacon, SL, Bernard, P, Brown, H, Desroches, S, Kastner, M et al.. Clustering of Unhealthy Behaviors: Protocol for a Multiple Behavior Analysis of Data From the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021;10 (6):e24887. doi: 10.2196/24887. PubMed PMID:34114962 PubMed Central PMC8235290.
  6. Burns, KEA, Pattani, R, Lorens, E, Straus, SE, Hawker, GA. The impact of organizational culture on professional fulfillment and burnout in an academic department of medicine. PLoS One. 2021;16 (6):e0252778. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252778. PubMed PMID:34106959 PubMed Central PMC8189486.
  7. Pham, B, Jovanovic, J, Bagheri, E, Antony, J, Ashoor, H, Nguyen, TT et al.. Text mining to support abstract screening for knowledge syntheses: a semi-automated workflow. Syst Rev. 2021;10 (1):156. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01700-x. PubMed PMID:34039433 PubMed Central PMC8152711.
  8. Banks, L, Randhawa, VK, Colella, TJF, Dhanvantari, S, Connelly, KA, Robinson, L et al.. Cardiovascular Physicians, Scientists, and Trainees Balancing Work and Caregiving Responsibilities in the COVID-19 Era: Sex and Race-Based Inequities. CJC Open. 2021;3 (5):627-630. doi: 10.1016/j.cjco.2020.12.027. PubMed PMID:34027367 PubMed Central PMC8134915.
  9. Harasym, PM, Afzaal, M, Brisbin, S, Sinnarajah, A, Venturato, L, Quail, P et al.. Multi-disciplinary supportive end of life care in long-term care: an integrative approach to improving end of life. BMC Geriatr. 2021;21 (1):326. doi: 10.1186/s12877-021-02271-1. PubMed PMID:34022818 PubMed Central PMC8140573.
  10. Vanderloo, LM, Vanderhout, SM, Tavares, E, Maguire, J, Straus, S, Birken, CS et al.. Parent engagement in co-design of clinical trials: the PARENT trial. Trials. 2021;22 (1):347. doi: 10.1186/s13063-021-05305-6. PubMed PMID:34001229 PubMed Central PMC8130403.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor (status only), Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Principal Investigator, Knowledge Translation Program, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary