Dr. Shojania is Vice Chair (Quality & Innovation) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he also sees patients as a general internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Shojania was also the inaugural Director of CQuIPS (from 2009-2019).
Dr. Shojania’s research focuses on identifying and further developing effective strategies for achieving improved quality of care. He has more than 160 publications indexed in Medline, including papers in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Google Scholar lists over 20,000 citations to his work for an h-index of 66. Dr. Shojania held a Canada Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement from 2004-2013, and he has twice delivered invited presentations on patient safety and healthcare quality to the US Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine).
After medical school at the University of Manitoba and internship at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Shojania completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the world leaders in patient safety research. Under the supervision of Dr David Bates (now an internationally recognized researcher in medication safety and clinical informatics) he conducted an early randomized controlled trial of computerized decision support as an antibiotic stewardship strategy. (He recently supervised a meta-analysis of over 100 RCTs of computerized decision support published in the British Medical Journal.)
Dr. Shojania then undertook the first fellowship in Hospital Medicine in the US—at the University of California San Francisco with Dr Robert Wachter, who coined the term ‘hospitalist’ and helped establish what has since grown into second largest subspeciality of internal medicine in the US (after Cardiology). Dr Shojania stayed on faculty at UCSF for four years before returning to Canada. The work he conducted with Dr Wachter, including an influential report synthesizing the evidence for 80 specific patient safety interventions, as well as numerous case-based articles and websites introducing clinicians to patient safety concepts, and a book on medical error written for a general audience on, resulted in their sharing one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards (2004) from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission for Innovation in Patient Safety at a National Level.
In 2011, Dr Shojania became Editor-in Chief of BMJ Quality & Safety Quality –later co-Editor-in-Chief with Prof Mary Dixon-Woods of Cambridge University until they both stepped down in September 2020. Under their stewardship, the journal rose to having the highest impact factor in the field of healthcare quality, and the second highest impact factor of any journal in the broader fields of health policy, health services research, clinical informatics, and medical education.
Dr. Shojania currently mentors many junior colleagues working in quality improvement, as well as teaching in the Masters program in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and is exploring opportunities to galvanize more concrete efforts in healthcare to address the impacts of the climate crisis and social determinants of health.
- Kwan JL, Lo L, Ferguson J, Goldberg H, Diaz-Martinez JP, Tomlinson G, Grimshaw JM, Shojania KG. Computerised clinical decision support systems and absolute improvements in care: meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. BMJ. 2020;370:m3216
- Shojania KG, Dixon-Woods M. Estimating deaths due to medical error: the ongoing controversy and why it matters. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 May;26(5):423-428.
- Gandhi TK, Berwick DM, Shojania KG. Patient Safety at the Crossroads. JAMA 2016; 315:1829-30
- Tricco AC, Ivers NM, Grimshaw JM, Moher D, Turner L, Galipeau J, Halperin I, Vachon B, Ramsay T, Manns B, Tonelli M, Shojania K. Effectiveness of quality improvement strategies on the management of diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 2012 Jun 16;379(9833):2252-61.
- Shojania KG, Levinson W. Clinicians in quality improvement: A new career pathway in academic medicine. JAMA. 2009 Feb 18;301(7):766-8.
- Auerbach AD, Landefeld C, Shojania KG. The tension between needing to improve care and knowing how to do it. The New England journal of medicine. 2007 Aug 9;357(6):6.
- Shojania KG, Sampson M, Ansari MT, Ji J, Doucette S, Moher D. How quickly do systematic reviews become out of date: a survival analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2007 Aug 21;14(7):10.
- Shojania KG, Ranji S, McDonald KM, et al. Effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control: a meta-regression analysis. JAMA. 2006 Jul 26;296(4):14.
- Shojania KG, Burton EC, McDonald KM, Goldman L. Changes in rates of autopsy-detected diagnostic errors over time: a systematic review. JAMA 2004 289 (21), 2849-2856.
- Shojania KG, Duncan BW, McDonald KM, Wachter RM. Safe but sound: patient safety meets evidence-based medicine. JAMA. 2002;288(4):508-13.