Khara Sauro

Dr. Khara Sauro

Pronouns: she/her


Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Surgery

Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology

Member at Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute


O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.210.5463


Office: TRW3D41

Preferred method of communication

Admin Assistant

Francis Leighton

Office: 403.210.3904



Dr. Khara Sauro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences with cross appointments in the Departments of Surgery and Oncology. She is a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute. Dr. Sauro holds a PhD in Community Health Sciences (Health Services Research) from the University of Calgary and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Implementation Science within the Department of Critical Care Medicine (University of Calgary).


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Improving the care of patients with cancer who undergo surgery
Summary of Research

As a Head & Neck Cancer Health Services Researcher with the Ohlson Research Initiative, Dr. Sauro’s research focuses on improving the quality and safety of care for patients with Head and Neck Cancer, especially those who undergo major surgical treatment, to optimize the health of these patients. Dr. Sauro has a particular interest in leveraging routinely collected administrative data to evaluate the quality of healthcare and the application of knowledge translation and quality improvement methodologies for improving healthcare delivery. She uses diverse methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) in order to ask and appropriately answer clinically relevant research questions.

Current research projects include: Evaluating the quality of care of Head and Neck Cancer patients in Alberta using routinely collected “big data”, examining transitions in care among Cancer patients, examining the association between hospital adverse events and organizational factors, systematic review of hospital safety, examining healthcare resource use among critically ill patients.


Course number Course title Semester
MDCH681 Health Research Methods Winter 2022
MDCH700 Foundations of Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Spring 2022


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