Nancy Baxter


Affiliate Scientist


Dr. Nancy Baxter is a clinical epidemiologist, colorectal surgeon and health services researcher.  She holds the positions of scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. She is Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. 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 250 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. Sawka, AM, Ghai, S, Tomlinson, G, Baxter, NN, Corsten, M, Imran, SA et al.. A Protocol for a Pan-Canadian Prospective Observational Study on Active Surveillance or Surgery for Very Low Risk Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021;12 :686996. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2021.686996. PubMed PMID:34194396 PubMed Central PMC8237853.
  2. Goldstein, DP, Ghai, S, Corsten, M, Bissada, E, Audet, N, Zhang, H et al.. Proceedings of the Canadian Thyroid Cancer Active Surveillance Study Group 2019 national investigator meeting. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021;50 (1):40. doi: 10.1186/s40463-021-00514-0. PubMed PMID:34172096 PubMed Central PMC8228934.
  3. Brar, MS, de Buck van Overstraeten, A, Baxter, NN. Rectal Cancer Incidence is Low Following Rectal Diversion or Subtotal Colectomy for IBD: Results of a Population-based Study. J Crohns Colitis. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjab090. PubMed PMID:34165532 .
  4. Kagramanov, D, Sutradhar, R, Lau, C, Yao, Z, Pole, JD, Baxter, NN et al.. Impact of the model of long-term follow-up care on adherence to guideline-recommended surveillance among survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers. Cancer Med. 2021; :. doi: 10.1002/cam4.4058. PubMed PMID:34128353 .
  5. Youn, S, Wong, SA, Chrystoja, C, Tomlinson, G, Wijeysundera, HC, Bell, CM et al.. Bias estimation in study design: a meta-epidemiological analysis of transcatheter versus surgical aortic valve replacement. BMC Surg. 2021;21 (1):285. doi: 10.1186/s12893-021-01278-0. PubMed PMID:34098926 PubMed Central PMC8186071.
  6. Lofters, AK, Gatov, E, Lu, H, Baxter, NN, Guilcher, SJT, Kopp, A et al.. Lung Cancer Inequalities in Stage of Diagnosis in Ontario, Canada. Curr Oncol. 2021;28 (3):1946-1956. doi: 10.3390/curroncol28030181. PubMed PMID:34070989 PubMed Central PMC8161737.
  7. Paszat, LF, Sutradhar, R, Corn, E, Tinmouth, J, Baxter, NN, Rabeneck, L et al.. Decreased Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Incidence-Based Mortality in the Screening-Age Population of Ontario. J Can Assoc Gastroenterol. 2021;4 (3):146-155. doi: 10.1093/jcag/gwaa035. PubMed PMID:34056532 PubMed Central PMC8158646.
  8. Gomez, D, Simpson, AN, Sue-Chue-Lam, C, de Mestral, C, Dossa, F, Nantais, J et al.. A population-based analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on common abdominal and gynecological emergency department visits. CMAJ. 2021;193 (21):E753-E760. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.202821. PubMed PMID:34035055 PubMed Central PMC8177921.
  9. Simpson, AN, Snelgrove, JW, Sutradhar, R, Everett, K, Liu, N, Baxter, NN et al.. Perinatal Outcomes During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ontario, Canada. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4 (5):e2110104. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.10104. PubMed PMID:33978727 PubMed Central PMC8116980.
  10. Sue-Chue-Lam, C, Zhang, DDQ, Baxter, NN, Zywiel, MG, de Mestral, C. Hyaluronate carboxymethylcellulose sheets for the prevention of adhesive complications: a model-based cost-utility analysis. Colorectal Dis. 2021; :. doi: 10.1111/codi.15724. PubMed PMID:33973319 .
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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