Sharon Straus



Research Programs


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

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 400 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 86. She holds more than $57 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator.  She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.


Recent Publications

  1. Traversy, G, Barnieh, L, Akl, EA, Allan, GM, Brouwers, M, Ganache, I et al.. CMAJ. 2021;193 (9):E324-E330. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200651-f. PubMed PMID:33649178 .
  2. Watt, JA, Veroniki, AA, Tricco, AC, Straus, SE. Using a distribution-based approach and systematic review methods to derive minimum clinically important differences. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2021;21 (1):41. doi: 10.1186/s12874-021-01228-7. PubMed PMID:33637039 PubMed Central PMC7912575.
  3. Liu, L, Goodarzi, Z, Jones, A, Posno, R, Straus, SE, Watt, JA et al.. Factors associated with virtual care access in older adults: a cross-sectional study. Age Ageing. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afab021. PubMed PMID:33625475 .
  4. Kastner, M, Makarski, J, Hayden, L, Hamid, JS, Holroyd-Leduc, J, Twohig, M et al.. Effectiveness of an eHealth self-management tool for older adults with multimorbidity (KeepWell): protocol for a hybrid effectiveness-implementation randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2021;11 (2):e048350. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048350. PubMed PMID:33597147 .
  5. Tricco, AC, Bourgeault, I, Moore, A, Grunfeld, E, Peer, N, Straus, SE et al.. Advancing gender equity in medicine. CMAJ. 2021;193 (7):E244-E250. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200951. PubMed PMID:33593950 .
  6. Ben Charif, A, Plourde, KV, Guay-Bélanger, S, Zomahoun, HTV, Gogovor, A, Straus, S et al.. Strategies for involving patients and the public in scaling-up initiatives in health and social services: protocol for a scoping review and Delphi survey. Syst Rev. 2021;10 (1):55. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01597-6. PubMed PMID:33573701 PubMed Central PMC7877693.
  7. Donald, M, Beanlands, H, Straus, SE, Smekal, M, Gil, S, Elliott, MJ et al.. A Web-Based Self-Management Support Prototype for Adults With Chronic Kidney Disease (My Kidneys My Health): Co-Design and Usability Testing. JMIR Form Res. 2021;5 (2):e22220. doi: 10.2196/22220. PubMed PMID:33560245 PubMed Central PMC7902181.
  8. Lee, JCL, Watt, J, Kelsall, D, Straus, S. Journal editors: How do their editing incomes compare?. F1000Res. 2020;9 :1027. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.25620.3. PubMed PMID:33537124 PubMed Central PMC7836083.3.
  9. Watt, JA, Campitelli, MA, Maxwell, CJ, Guan, J, Maclagan, LC, Gomes, T et al.. Fall-Related Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents Co-Prescribed a Cholinesterase Inhibitor and Beta-Blocker. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020;68 (11):2516-2524. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16710. PubMed PMID:33460072 .
  10. Traversy, G, Barnieh, L, Akl, EA, Allan, GM, Brouwers, M, Ganache, I et al.. Managing conflicts of interest in the development of health guidelines. CMAJ. 2021;193 (2):E49-E54. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200651. PubMed PMID:33431547 PubMed Central PMC7773042.
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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