Aisha Lofters


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Aisha 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 an 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.


Recent Publications

  1. Paszat, L, Sutradhar, R, O'Brien, MA, Lofters, A, Pinto, A, Selby, P et al.. BETTER HEALTH: Durham -- protocol for a cluster randomized trial of BETTER in community and public health settings. BMC Public Health. 2017;17 (1):754. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4797-3. PubMed PMID:28962558 PubMed Central PMC5622533.
  2. Lofters, AK, Vahabi, M, Kim, E, Ellison, L, Graves, E, Glazier, RH et al.. Cervical Cancer Screening among Women from Muslim-Majority Countries in Ontario, Canada. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2017;26 (10):1493-1499. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0323. PubMed PMID:28939586 .
  3. Vahabi, M, Lofters, A, Kim, E, Wong, JP, Ellison, L, Graves, E et al.. Breast cancer screening utilization among women from Muslim majority countries in Ontario, Canada. Prev Med. 2017;105 :176-183. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.09.008. PubMed PMID:28916289 .
  4. Madzima, TR, Vahabi, M, Lofters, A. Emerging role of HPV self-sampling in cervical cancer screening for hard-to-reach women: Focused literature review. Can Fam Physician. 2017;63 (8):597-601. . PubMed PMID:28807952 PubMed Central PMC5555324.
  5. Lofters, AK, Vahabi, M, Fardad, M, Raza, A. Exploring the acceptability of human papillomavirus self-sampling among Muslim immigrant women. Cancer Manag Res. 2017;9 :323-329. doi: 10.2147/CMAR.S139945. PubMed PMID:28769590 PubMed Central PMC5529114.
  6. 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.
  7. 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;28 (11):1207-1218. doi: 10.1007/s10552-017-0920-0. PubMed PMID:28685277 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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 .
  10. 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.
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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