Nancy Baxter


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Nancy Baxter is a Colorectal Surgeon in the division of General Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is a Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. She holds the position of Associate Dean, Academic Affairs at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health as well as being the GI Endoscopy Lead for Cancer Care Ontario. She is also Full Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHMPE). Dr. Baxter is a Full Member of both the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and School of Graduate Studies (SGS). She holds a Senior Scientist role in the Cancer Theme Group at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Her main research interests are in the evaluation of patterns of cancer care, the evaluation of cancer screening, determining the long-term consequences of cancer care for survivors and improving the quality and safety of surgery. She has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and has extensive experience in the use of large administrative data and cancer registry data from both Canada and the United States.

Please note: Dr. Baxter is currently not accepting students.

Recent Publications

  1. Gupta, S, Baxter, NN, Hodgson, D, Punnett, A, Sutradhar, R, Pole, JD et al.. Treatment patterns and outcomes in adolescents and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma in pediatric versus adult centers: An IMPACT Cohort Study. Cancer Med. 2020; :. doi: 10.1002/cam4.3138. PubMed PMID:32441450 .
  2. Nyhof, BB, Wright, FC, Look Hong, NJ, Groot, G, Helyer, L, Meiers, P et al.. Identifying opportunities to support patient-centred care for ductal carcinoma in situ: qualitative interviews with clinicians. BMC Cancer. 2020;20 (1):364. doi: 10.1186/s12885-020-06821-5. PubMed PMID:32354355 PubMed Central PMC7191683.
  3. Retrouvey, H, Zhong, T, Gagliardi, AR, Baxter, NN, Webster, F. How Ineffective Interprofessional Collaboration Affects Delivery of Breast Reconstruction to Breast Cancer Patients: A Qualitative Study. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-08463-0. PubMed PMID:32297084 .
  4. Austin, J, Wright, FC, Cheng, SY, Sutradhar, R, Baxter, NN, Look Hong, NJ et al.. Outcomes of Immunosuppressed Patients Who Develop Melanoma: A Population-Based Propensity-Matched Cohort Study. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-08265-4. PubMed PMID:32248374 .
  5. Dossa, F, Acuna, SA, Baxter, NN, Bayoumi, AM. Optimal Operative Strategy for Hinchey III Sigmoid Diverticulitis: A Decision Analysis. Dis. Colon Rectum. 2020; :. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001648. PubMed PMID:32229781 .
  6. Zhang, DDQ, Dossa, F, Arora, A, Cusimano, MC, Speller, B, Little, T et al.. Recommendations for the Prescription of Opioids at Discharge After Abdominopelvic Surgery: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5875. PubMed PMID:32159738 .
  7. Dossa, F, Dubé, C, Tinmouth, J, Sorvari, A, Rabeneck, L, McCurdy, BR et al.. Practice recommendations for the use of sedation in routine hospital-based colonoscopy. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2020;7 (1):e000348. doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2019-000348. PubMed PMID:32128226 PubMed Central PMC7039579.
  8. Sawka, AM, Ghai, S, Yoannidis, T, Rotstein, L, Gullane, PJ, Gilbert, RW et al.. A Prospective Mixed-Methods Study of Decision-Making on Surgery or Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid. 2020; :. doi: 10.1089/thy.2019.0592. PubMed PMID:32126932 .
  9. Dossa, F, Baxter, NN. Improving Gender Equality in the Surgical Workplace-Reply. JAMA Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.6027. PubMed PMID:32049265 .
  10. Dossa, F, Acuna, SA, Baxter, NN. Local excision after preoperative chemoradiation for T2 and T3 rectal cancers: is the wait over?. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020;5 (5):422-424. doi: 10.1016/S2468-1253(20)30001-7. PubMed PMID:32043981 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Surgeon, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Surgery, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • Senior Scientist, Cancer Theme Group, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Full Member, Institute of Medical Science