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. Bhuiya, AR, Makarski, J, Hayden, L, Perrier, L, Munce, S, Lewis, I et al.. Identifying candidate quality indicators of tools that support the practice of knowledge translation: a scoping review protocol. JBI Evid Synth. 2022; :. doi: 10.11124/JBIES-22-00055. PubMed PMID:36111878 .
  2. Wang, E, Keller, HH, Mourtzakis, M, Rodrigues, IB, Steinke, A, Ashe, MC et al.. MoveStrong at Home: A feasibility study of a model for remote delivery of functional strength and balance training combined with nutrition education for older pre-frail and frail adults. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2022; :. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2022-0195. PubMed PMID:36108334 .
  3. Hanney, SR, Straus, SE, Holmes, BJ. Saving millions of lives but some resources squandered: emerging lessons from health research system pandemic achievements and challenges. Health Res Policy Syst. 2022;20 (1):99. doi: 10.1186/s12961-022-00883-6. PubMed PMID:36088365 PubMed Central PMC9464102.
  4. Kada, A, Chouikh, A, Mellouli, S, Prashad, AJ, Straus, SE, Fahim, C et al.. An exploration of Canadian government officials' COVID-19 messages and the public's reaction using social media data. PLoS One. 2022;17 (9):e0273153. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0273153. PubMed PMID:36054094 PubMed Central PMC9439209.
  5. Donald, M, Beanlands, H, Straus, S, Smekal, M, Gil, S, Elliott, MJ et al.. An eHealth self-management intervention for adults with chronic kidney disease, My Kidneys My Health: a mixed-methods study. CMAJ Open. ;10 (3):E746-E754. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20210332. PubMed PMID:35973709 PubMed Central PMC9388218.
  6. Lunny, C, Veroniki, AA, Hutton, B, White, I, Higgins, J, Wright, JM et al.. Knowledge user survey and Delphi process to inform development of a new risk of bias tool to assess systematic reviews with network meta-analysis (RoB NMA tool). BMJ Evid Based Med. 2022; :. doi: 10.1136/bmjebm-2022-111944. PubMed PMID:35948412 .
  7. Pham, B, Rios, P, Radhakrishnan, A, Darvesh, N, Antony, J, Williams, C et al.. Comparative-effectiveness research of COVID-19 treatment: a rapid scoping review. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (6):e045115. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045115. PubMed PMID:35947494 PubMed Central PMC9170799.
  8. Presseau, J, Kasperavicius, D, Rodrigues, IB, Braimoh, J, Chambers, A, Etherington, C et al.. Selecting implementation models, theories, and frameworks in which to integrate intersectional approaches. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2022;22 (1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12874-022-01682-x. PubMed PMID:35927615 PubMed Central PMC9351159.
  9. Kelly, SE, McGowan, J, Barnhardt, K, Straus, SE. Paper 4: a review of reporting and disseminating approaches for rapid reviews in health policy and systems research. Syst Rev. 2022;11 (1):152. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-01897-5. PubMed PMID:35906679 PubMed Central PMC9338534.
  10. Tricco, AC, Straus, SE, Ghaffar, A, Langlois, EV. Rapid reviews for health policy and systems decision-making: more important than ever before. Syst Rev. 2022;11 (1):153. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-01887-7. PubMed PMID:35906637 PubMed Central PMC9338614.
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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