Dr. Eva Grunfeld

Director, Knowledge Translation Research, Health Services Research Program

Eva GrunfeldThe focus of Dr. Eva Grunfeld’s research is the evaluation of access to, and quality of, cancer care across the cancer control continuum – from screening to end-of-life care.

The objective of her research is to understand the complex factors that may limit the application of research within the healthcare system and to find and test ways to overcome them. Her research goal is to accelerate the translation of research into practice so that it is implemented throughout the cancer control system to benefit the population. She is internationally recognized for her knowledge of cancer survivorship and on integration of cancer care.

Current affiliations

  • Director, Knowledge Translation Research, Health Services Research Program, Cancer Care Ontario and OICR;
  • Giblon Professor and Vice Chair (Research) Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto;
  • Clinician Scientist I, OICR;
  • Chair, Institute Advisory Board on Chronic Conditions, Canadian Institute for Health Research;
  • Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation;
  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Research interests

  • Knowledge translation;
  • Cancer survivorship;
  • Coordination and quality of cancer care;
  • Pragmatic clinical trials;
  • Integration of cancer care.

Select publications

Carroll JC, Makuwaza T, Manca D, Sopcak N, Permaul JA, O’Brien MA, Heisey R, Eisenhauer EA, Easley J, Krzyzanowska M, Miedema B, Pruthi S, Sawka C, Schneider N, Sussman J, Urquhart R, Versaevel C, Grunfeld E.
Primary care providers’ experiences with and perceptions of personalized genomic medicine.
Can Fam Physician. 2016;62:e626-35.Senior Responsible Author.

Grunfeld E.
It takes a team: CanIMPACT: Canadian team to improve community-based cancer care along the continuum.
Can Fam Physician. 2016;62:781-82. CoauthorSenior Responsible Author.

Rubin G, Berendsen A, Crawford SM, Dommett R, Earle C, Emery J, et al.
The expanding role of primary care in cancer control.
The Lancet Oncology. 2015; 16(12):1231-72. Lead Author (Part 7: Integration of primary and specialist care)

Grunfeld E, Manca D, Moineddin R, Thorpe KE, Hoch JS, Campbell-Scherer D, Meaney C, Rogers J, Beca J, Krueger P, Mamdani M.
Improving chronic disease prevention and screening in primary care: results of the BETTER pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial.
BMC Family Practice. November 2013; 14:175. Principal Author.

Grunfeld E, Julian J, Pond G, Maunsell E, Coyle D, Folkes A, Joy A, Provencher A, Rayson D, Rheaume D E, Porter G, Paszat L F, Pritchard K, Robidoux A, Smith S, Sussman J, Dent S, Sisler J, Wiernikowski J, Levine M N.
Evaluating survivorship care plans: results of a randomized clinical trial with breast cancer patients.
J Clin Oncol. 2011;29(36): 4755-62. Principal Author.


BETTER: Building on existing tools to improve chronic disease prevention and screening.
See website www.better-program.ca

Previous experience

  • Director, Cancer Outcomes Research, Cancer Care Nova Scotia;
  • Active Staff, Division of Medical Oncology, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre;
  • Professor and Senior Clinical Scholar, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia;
  • Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Ottawa;
  • Active Staff, Division of Medical Oncology, The Ottawa Hospital;
  • Fellow, National Cancer Institute of Canada, University of Oxford;
  • D.Phil., Epidemiology, University of Oxford;
  • MD, McMaster University, Hamilton.

Opportunities to collaborate

Co-Principal Investigator of Building on Existing Tools to Improve Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care for Wellness of Cancer Survivors and Patients: The BETTER WISE Project. Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity. PI: Dr. Donna Manca.

Principal Investigator of the Knowledge Translation Research Network: Implementation of Innovations at OICR.

Principal Investigator of the Canadian Team to Improve Community-Based Cancer Care along the Continuum (CanIMPACT) with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Related links

Dalla Lana School of Public Health – Dr. Eva Grunfeld

Institute of Clinical Evaluative Science – Dr. Eva Grunfeld



Department of Family and Community Medicine (U of T)

Contact information

Program Coordinator:
Julia Baxter