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. Robson, RC, Thomas, SM, Langlois, ÉV, Mijumbi, R, Kawooya, I, Antony, J et al.. Embedding rapid reviews in health policy and systems decision-making: Impacts and lessons learned from four low- and middle-income countries. Health Res Policy Syst. 2023;21 (1):45. doi: 10.1186/s12961-023-00992-w. PubMed PMID:37280697 .
  2. Yogasingam, S, Konnyu, KJ, Lépine, J, Sullivan, K, Alabousi, M, Edwards, A et al.. Quality improvement strategies for diabetes care: Effects on outcomes for adults living with diabetes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2023;5 (5):CD014513. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD014513. PubMed PMID:37254718 PubMed Central PMC10233616.
  3. Fahim, C, Cooper, J, Theivendrampillai, S, Pham, B, Straus, S. Ontarians' Perceptions of Public Health Communications and Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey Study. JMIR Form Res. 2023;7 :e38323. doi: 10.2196/38323. PubMed PMID:37159394 PubMed Central PMC10241226.
  4. van Allen, Z, Bacon, SL, Bernard, P, Brown, H, Desroches, S, Kastner, M et al.. Clustering of Health Behaviors in Canadians: A Multiple Behavior Analysis of Data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Ann Behav Med. 2023; :. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaad008. PubMed PMID:37155331 .
  5. Veroniki, AA, Wong, EKC, Lunny, C, Martinez Molina, JC, Florez, ID, Tricco, AC et al.. Does type of funding affect reporting in network meta-analysis? A scoping review of network meta-analyses. Syst Rev. 2023;12 (1):81. doi: 10.1186/s13643-023-02235-z. PubMed PMID:37149700 PubMed Central PMC10163730.
  6. Tricco, AC, Parker, A, Hezam, A, Nincic, V, Yazdi, F, Lai, Y et al.. Controlled-release hydromorphone and risk of infection in adults: a systematic review. Harm Reduct J. 2023;20 (1):60. doi: 10.1186/s12954-023-00788-9. PubMed PMID:37118805 PubMed Central PMC10142404.
  7. Theivendrampillai, S, Cooper, J, Lee, T, Lau, MWK, Marquez, C, Straus, SE et al.. Canadian public perceptions and experiences with information during the COVID-19 pandemic: strategies to optimize future risk communications. BMC Public Health. 2023;23 (1):796. doi: 10.1186/s12889-023-15659-y. PubMed PMID:37118761 PubMed Central PMC10141811.
  8. Watt, J, Hofmeister, M, Del Giovane, C, Turner, R, Tricco, AC, Mavridis, D et al.. Implementing hierarchical network meta-analysis incorporating exchangeable dose effects compared to standard hierarchical network meta-analysis. BMJ Evid Based Med. 2023; :. doi: 10.1136/bmjebm-2022-112136. PubMed PMID:37076267 .
  9. Watt, JA, Veroniki, AA, Goodarzi, Z, Straus, SE. Reader Response: Effect of Cholinesterase Inhibitors on Mortality in Patients With Dementia: A Systematic Review of Randomized and Nonrandomized Trials. Neurology. 2023;100 (15):736-737. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000207226. PubMed PMID:37037609 PubMed Central PMC10103115.
  10. Veroniki, AA, Tricco, AC, Watt, J, Tsokani, S, Khan, PA, Soobiah, C et al.. Rapid antigen-based and rapid molecular tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2: a rapid review with network meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy studies. BMC Med. 2023;21 (1):110. doi: 10.1186/s12916-023-02810-0. PubMed PMID:36978074 PubMed Central PMC10049780.
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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