Khara Sauro

Assistant Professor

Community Health Sciences, Oncology, Surgery


University of Calgary

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Office: 403.210.5463

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Francis Leighton


Research and teaching

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 Head and Neck 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.


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).