Nancy Baxter


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Nancy Baxter is a General Surgeon and Chief of the General Surgery Department at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Dr. Baxter is a full member of both the Institute of Medical Sciences and School of Graduate Studies. She holds a Senior Scientist role in the Cancer Theme Group at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and is an Scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

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 130 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. She was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Article of the Year (2015).

Recent Publications

  1. Baxter, NN, Sutradhar, R, Li, Q, Daly, C, Honein-AbouHaidar, GN, Richardson, DP et al.. Corrigendum: Do Primary Care Provider Strategies Improve Patient Participation in Colorectal Cancer Screening?. Am. J. Gastroenterol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2017.119. PubMed PMID:28417995 .
  2. Baxter, NN, Sutradhar, R, Li, Q, Daly, C, Honein-AbouHaidar, GN, Richardson, DP et al.. Do Primary Care Provider Strategies Improve Patient Participation in Colorectal Cancer Screening?. Am. J. Gastroenterol. 2017;112 (4):622-632. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2017.4. PubMed PMID:28244494 .
  3. Burstein, HJ, Krilov, L, Aragon-Ching, JB, Baxter, NN, Chiorean, EG, Chow, WA et al.. Clinical Cancer Advances 2017: Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer From the American Society of Clinical Oncology. J. Clin. Oncol. 2017;35 (12):1341-1367. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2016.71.5292. PubMed PMID:28148207 .
  4. Quan, ML, Paszat, LF, Fernandes, KA, Sutradhar, R, McCready, DR, Rakovitch, E et al.. The effect of surgery type on survival and recurrence in very young women with breast cancer. J Surg Oncol. 2017;115 (2):122-130. doi: 10.1002/jso.24489. PubMed PMID:28054348 .
  5. Bombard, Y, Rozmovits, L, Sorvari, A, Daly, C, Carroll, JC, Kennedy, E et al.. Universal tumor screening for Lynch syndrome: health-care providers' perspectives. Genet. Med. 2016; :. doi: 10.1038/gim.2016.150. PubMed PMID:27711070 .
  6. Baxter, NN. Understanding Postcolonoscopy Colorectal Cancers: The Next Frontier. Gastroenterology. 2016;151 (5):793-795. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2016.09.039. PubMed PMID:27702558 .
  7. Tinmouth, J, Vella, ET, Baxter, NN, Dubé, C, Gould, M, Hey, A et al.. Colorectal Cancer Screening in Average Risk Populations: Evidence Summary. Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016;2016 :2878149. doi: 10.1155/2016/2878149. PubMed PMID:27597935 PubMed Central PMC5002289.
  8. White, V, Daly, C, Anazodo, A, Bibby, H, Orme, LM, Pinkerton, R et al.. The Australian-Canadian Adolescent and Young Adult Collaborative Cohort Initiative: Initial Meeting Report. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017;6 (1):1-5. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2016.0046. PubMed PMID:27564221 .
  9. Glasgow, SC, Morris, AM, Baxter, NN, Fleshman, JW, Alavi, KS, Luchtefeld, MA et al.. Development of The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons' Rectal Cancer Surgery Checklist. Dis. Colon Rectum. 2016;59 (7):601-6. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000000606. PubMed PMID:27270511 PubMed Central PMC4902168.
  10. Honein-AbouHaidar, GN, Kastner, M, Vuong, V, Perrier, L, Daly, C, Rabeneck, L et al.. Systematic Review and Meta-study Synthesis of Qualitative Studies Evaluating Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in Colorectal Cancer Screening. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2016;25 (6):907-17. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-0990. PubMed PMID:27197277 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Surgeon and Division Chief, 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