Dr. Tara Kiran

"Change is a constant in healthcare. The only way we know if the change is improving the things that matter, is if we measure it. Not just before-and-after measurement, but continuous measurement, so we can monitor trends and understand whether the improvement is sustained."

Dr. Tara Kiran

A family doctor and renowned primary-care researcher, Dr. Tara Kiran investigates how changes in the health-care system impact the most vulnerable in society. In her research and practice, she develops and tests solutions to make health care more inclusive - and more effective.

Dr. Kiran began her research career evaluating the impact of Ontario’s primary care reforms on quality of care. But she soon realized the importance of not just evaluating changes made by others but leading change herself. She now leads a program of quality-improvement research that includes initiatives to improve cancer screening rates, measure and reduce care disparities, reduce harm from opioids, engage patients in health service improvement, and support physicians to learn from data.

In 2022, Dr. Kiran launched OurCare, a national, public engagement initiative to co-create the blueprint for a stronger, more equitable primary care system in Canada—a blueprint that can be used by government to inform and enact reforms, and by professional organizations and the public to advocate for change.

Dr. Kiran is the recipient of the CIHR Rising Star Award from the Institute for Health Services and Policy Research; the College of Family Physicians of Canada Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article Award; and was named among Canada’s top-30 ‘doctors with power’ on Medical Post’s 2021 Power List.

Dr. Kiran is a scientist with MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is the University of Toronto Fidani Chair in Improvement and Innovation, an adjunct scientist with ICES, and a family doctor with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team where she led the quality improvement program from 2011 to 2018. She is an associate professor as well as Vice-Chair Quality and Innovation in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, and an associate professor in the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Dr. Kiran is funded by CIHR and Health Quality Ontario as an Embedded Clinician Researcher.