Gillian Booth


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Gillian Booth is a Scientist in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions (C-UHS) 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), an Associate 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.

Please note that Dr. Booth is unable to accept any new Keenan Research Summer Students for 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. Lipscombe, LL, Hwee, J, Webster, L, Shah, BR, Booth, GL, Tu, K et al.. Identifying diabetes cases from administrative data: a population-based validation study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018;18 (1):316. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3148-0. PubMed PMID:29720153 PubMed Central PMC5932874.
  4. Booth, GL, Luo, J, Park, AL, Feig, DS, Moineddin, R, Ray, JG et al.. Influence of environmental temperature on risk of gestational diabetes. CMAJ. 2017;189 (19):E682-E689. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.160839. PubMed PMID:28507087 PubMed Central PMC5433869.
  5. Tu, JV, Maclagan, LC, Ko, DT, Atzema, CL, Booth, GL, Johnston, S et al.. The Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team performance indicators for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: a modified Delphi panel study. CMAJ Open. 2017;5 (2):E315-E321. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20160139. PubMed PMID:28446446 PubMed Central PMC5498313.
  6. Tu, JV, Chu, A, Maclagan, L, Austin, PC, Johnston, S, Ko, DT et al.. Regional variations in ambulatory care and incidence of cardiovascular events. CMAJ. 2017;189 (13):E494-E501. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.160823. PubMed PMID:28385894 PubMed Central PMC5378509.
  7. Guilcher, SJT, Kaufman-Shriqui, V, Hwang, J, O'Campo, P, Matheson, FI, Glazier, RH et al.. The association between social cohesion in the neighborhood and body mass index (BMI): An examination of gendered differences among urban-dwelling Canadians. Prev Med. 2017;99 :293-298. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.02.022. PubMed PMID:28232099 .
  8. Ray, JG, Park, AL, Bartsch, E, Feig, DS, Booth, GL. Preterm birth and small for gestational birthweight in relation to maternal relative hypoglycemia and chronic hypertension. Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol. 2017;211 :220-222. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2017.01.049. PubMed PMID:28162805 .
  9. Fazli, GS, Creatore, MI, Matheson, FI, Guilcher, S, Kaufman-Shriqui, V, Manson, H et al.. Identifying mechanisms for facilitating knowledge to action strategies targeting the built environment. BMC Public Health. 2017;17 (1):1. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3954-4. PubMed PMID:28049454 PubMed Central PMC5210277.
  10. Alabousi, M, Abdullah, P, Alter, DA, Booth, GL, Hogg, W, Ko, DT et al.. Cardiovascular Risk Factor Management Performance in Canada and the United States: A Systematic Review. Can J Cardiol. 2017;33 (3):393-404. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2016.07.005. PubMed PMID:27876171 .
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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