Aisha Lofters


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Lofters is a family physician with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She currently holds a Career Development Award in Prevention from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. Her research interests include cancer screening, immigrant health and health equity, using a broad range of methods including secondary database analysis and community-based participatory research.

Please note: Dr. Lofters is not taking any summer students in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Naimer, MS, Kwong, JC, Bhatia, D, Moineddin, R, Whelan, M, Campitelli, MA et al.. The Effect of Changes in Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines on Chlamydia Testing. Ann Fam Med. 2017;15 (4):329-334. doi: 10.1370/afm.2097. PubMed PMID:28694268 PubMed Central PMC5505451.
  2. Lofters, A, Jain, A, Siu, W, Kyte, M, Lee-Foon, N, Scott, F et al.. Ko-Pamoja: the feasibility of a lay health educator-led breast and cervical screening program for Black women in Ontario, Canada (short report). Cancer Causes Control. 2017; :. doi: 10.1007/s10552-017-0920-0. PubMed PMID:28685277 .
  3. Kouyoumdjian, FG, Pivnick, L, McIsaac, KE, Wilton, AS, Lofters, A, Hwang, SW et al.. Cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality in people who experience incarceration in Ontario, Canada: A population-based retrospective cohort study. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (2):e0171131. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171131. PubMed PMID:28225780 PubMed Central PMC5321272.
  4. Dunn, SF, Lofters, AK, Ginsburg, OM, Meaney, CA, Ahmad, F, Moravac, MC et al.. Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening After CARES: A Community Program for Immigrant and Marginalized Women. Am J Prev Med. 2017;52 (5):589-597. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.11.023. PubMed PMID:28094134 .
  5. Kirst, M, Shankardass, K, Singhal, S, Lofters, A, Muntaner, C, Quiñonez, C et al.. Addressing health inequities in Ontario, Canada: what solutions do the public support?. BMC Public Health. 2017;17 (1):7. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3932-x. PubMed PMID:28056891 PubMed Central PMC5217561.
  6. Voruganti, T, Moineddin, R, Jembere, N, Elit, L, Grunfeld, E, Lofters, AK et al.. Comparing stage of diagnosis of cervical cancer at presentation in immigrant women and long-term residents of Ontario: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open. ;4 (3):E424-E430. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160029. PubMed PMID:27975046 PubMed Central PMC5143024.
  7. Jiang, L, Lofters, A, Moineddin, R, Decker, K, Groome, P, Kendell, C et al.. Primary care physician use across the breast cancer care continuum: CanIMPACT study using Canadian administrative data. Can Fam Physician. 2016;62 (10):e589-e598. . PubMed PMID:27737994 PubMed Central PMC5063785.
  8. Hulme, J, Moravac, C, Ahmad, F, Cleverly, S, Lofters, A, Ginsburg, O et al.. "I want to save my life": Conceptions of cervical and breast cancer screening among urban immigrant women of South Asian and Chinese origin. BMC Public Health. 2016;16 (1):1077. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3709-2. PubMed PMID:27733161 PubMed Central PMC5062908.
  9. Lofters, AK, Guilcher, SJ, Webster, L, Glazier, RH, Jaglal, SB, Bayoumi, AM et al.. Cholesterol testing among men and women with disability: the role of morbidity. Clin Epidemiol. 2016;8 :313-21. doi: 10.2147/CLEP.S108761. PubMed PMID:27621668 PubMed Central PMC5012623.
  10. Vahabi, M, Lofters, A. Muslim immigrant women's views on cervical cancer screening and HPV self-sampling in Ontario, Canada. BMC Public Health. 2016;16 (1):868. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3564-1. PubMed PMID:27557928 PubMed Central PMC4997745.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Physician, Academic Family Health Team, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences