Gillian Booth


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Gillian Booth is a Scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions within the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Booth is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a practicing endocrinologist. Dr. Booth’s research focuses on health outcomes related to diabetes; specifically how socioeconomic, environmental and health care factors influence the risk of diabetes and its complications. She has extensive experience in using large provincial health care and survey databases, and in using geographic information systems (GIS) methodology to study contextual factors influencing the development of diabetes. One of her major research interests is on the built environment and its role in the obesity and diabetes epidemics. Dr. Booth has made major contributions to diabetes policy and practice at both the national and provincial levels. She has served on several advisory committees for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System and she was the Methodology Chair for the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.


Recent Publications

  1. Howell, NA, Tu, JV, Moineddin, R, Chen, H, Chu, A, Hystad, P et al.. The probability of diabetes and hypertension by levels of neighborhood walkability and traffic-related air pollution across 15 municipalities in Southern Ontario, Canada: A dataset derived from 2,496,458 community dwelling-adults. Data Brief. 2019;27 :104439. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.104439. PubMed PMID:31720317 PubMed Central PMC6838449.
  2. Howell, NA, Tu, JV, Moineddin, R, Chu, A, Booth, GL. Association Between Neighborhood Walkability and Predicted 10-Year Cardiovascular Disease Risk: The CANHEART (Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team) Cohort. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019;8 (21):e013146. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.119.013146. PubMed PMID:31665997 PubMed Central PMC6898849.
  3. McGavock, J, Brunton, N, Klaprat, N, Swanson, A, Pancoe, D, Manley, E et al.. Walking on Water-A Natural Experiment of a Population Health Intervention to Promote Physical Activity after the Winter Holidays. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16 (19):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16193627. PubMed PMID:31569652 PubMed Central PMC6801820.
  4. Howell, NA, Tu, JV, Moineddin, R, Chen, H, Chu, A, Hystad, P et al.. Interaction between neighborhood walkability and traffic-related air pollution on hypertension and diabetes: The CANHEART cohort. Environ Int. 2019;132 :104799. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.070. PubMed PMID:31253484 .
  5. Ke, C, Kim, SJ, Shah, BR, Bierman, AS, Lipscombe, LL, Feig, DS et al.. Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Incidence of End-Stage Renal Disease and Mortality After Dialysis in Adults With Diabetes. Can J Diabetes. 2019;43 (7):483-489.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2019.04.006. PubMed PMID:31133437 .
  6. Fazli, GS, Moineddin, R, Bierman, AS, Booth, GL. Ethnic differences in prediabetes incidence among immigrants to Canada: a population-based cohort study. BMC Med. 2019;17 (1):100. doi: 10.1186/s12916-019-1337-2. PubMed PMID:31122233 PubMed Central PMC6533737.
  7. Campbell, DJT, Campbell, RB, Ziegler, C, McBrien, KA, Hwang, SW, Booth, GL et al.. Interventions for improved diabetes control and self-management among those experiencing homelessness: protocol for a mixed methods scoping review. Syst Rev. 2019;8 (1):100. doi: 10.1186/s13643-019-1020-x. PubMed PMID:31010419 PubMed Central PMC6477731.
  8. Booth, GL, Creatore, MI, Luo, J, Fazli, GS, Johns, A, Rosella, LC et al.. Neighbourhood walkability and the incidence of diabetes: an inverse probability of treatment weighting analysis. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019;73 (4):287-294. doi: 10.1136/jech-2018-210510. PubMed PMID:30696690 .
  9. Howell, NA, Farber, S, Widener, MJ, Allen, J, Booth, GL. Association between residential self-selection and non-residential built environment exposures. Health Place. 2018;54 :149-154. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.08.009. PubMed PMID:30286433 .
  10. Weisman, A, Fazli, GS, Johns, A, Booth, GL. Evolving Trends in the Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: A Review. Can J Cardiol. 2018;34 (5):552-564. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.03.002. PubMed PMID:29731019 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Institute of Health Policy, Management, & Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Scientist, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences