Research InterestsHealth Policy, Health Service Delivery, Knowledge Translation, Screening, Experimental (e.g., RCTs), Cancer Care, Chronic Diseases (e.g., diabetes, HBP, CVD)
AcceptingGraduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows
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
The focus of Dr. 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 health care 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 on cancer survivorship and on integration of cancer care.
Coordination and quality of cancer care
Pragmatic clinical trials
Integration of cancer care
Co-Principal Investigator. 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 (AIHS) Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity (CPRO). PI: Dr. Donna Manca. Amount funded: $2,705,822
Principal Investigator. Knowledge Translation Research Network: Implementation of Innovations. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Amount funded: $243,315
Principal Investigator. Canadian Team to Improve Community-Based Cancer Care along the Continuum (CanIMPACT). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Amount funded: $2,476,364
Publications and Awards
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honours and Awards
2016 Chair, Chronic Conditions Institute Advisory Board, Canadian Institutes for Health Research
2014 Recipient, 2014 ICRF, Scientific Honoree, (Research Award)
2013 Recipient, Outstanding Contribution to Family Medicine Research - Award of Excellence, University of Toronto (Research Award)
2015 Outstanding research publication, first place, Dept of Family and Community Medicine
2015 Outstanding research publication, Dept of Family and Community Medicine
2013 - present Clinician Scientist Award, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, (Research Award; renewed)
2008 - 2013 Clinician Scientist Award, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, (Research Award)
2008 - present Giblon Professorship, University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Toronto (Research Award)