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 Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and is 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 170 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.


Recent Publications

  1. Merchant, SJ, Brogly, SB, Goldie, C, Booth, CM, Nanji, S, Patel, SV et al.. Palliative Care is Associated with Reduced Aggressive End-of-Life Care in Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancer. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1245/s10434-018-6430-9. PubMed PMID:29569126 .
  2. Acuna, SA, Sutradhar, R, Kim, SJ, Baxter, NN. Solid Organ Transplantation in Patients with Preexisting Malignancies in Remission: A Propensity Score Matched Cohort Study. Transplantation. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002178. PubMed PMID:29557910 .
  3. Baxter, NN, Fischer, HD, Richardson, DP, Urbach, DR, Bell, CM, Rochon, P et al.. A Population-Based Study of Complications After Colorectal Surgery in Patients Who Have Received Bevacizumab. Dis. Colon Rectum. 2018;61 (3):306-313. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000000966. PubMed PMID:29420426 .
  4. Hart, TL, Charles, ST, Gunaratne, M, Baxter, NN, Cotterchio, M, Cohen, Z et al.. Symptom Severity and Quality of Life Among Long-term Colorectal Cancer Survivors Compared With Matched Control Subjects: A Population-Based Study. Dis. Colon Rectum. 2018;61 (3):355-363. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000000972. PubMed PMID:29377871 PubMed Central PMC5805591.
  5. Dossa, F, Josse, J, Acuna, SA, Baxter, NN. Health State Utility Values for Ileostomies and Colostomies: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2018; :. doi: 10.1007/s11605-018-3671-7. PubMed PMID:29363020 .
  6. Look Hong, NJ, Cheng, SY, Baxter, NN, Wright, FC. Melanoma patterns of care in Ontario: A call for a strategic alignment of multidisciplinary care. J Surg Oncol. 2018;117 (4):597-617. doi: 10.1002/jso.24936. PubMed PMID:29228470 .
  7. Acuna, SA, Lam, W, Daly, C, Kim, SJ, Baxter, NN. Cancer evaluation in the assessment of solid organ transplant candidates: A systematic review of clinical practice guidelines. Transplant Rev (Orlando). 2018;32 (1):29-35. doi: 10.1016/j.trre.2017.10.002. PubMed PMID:29169958 .
  8. Merchant, SJ, Lajkosz, K, Brogly, SB, Booth, CM, Nanji, S, Patel, SV et al.. The Final 30 Days of Life: A Study of Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer in Ontario, Canada. J Palliat Care. ;32 (3-4):92-100. doi: 10.1177/0825859717738464. PubMed PMID:29113549 .
  9. Paszat, L, Sutradhar, R, Baxter, NN, Tinmouth, J, Rabeneck, L. Repeat Colonoscopy within 6 Months after Initial Outpatient Colonoscopy in Ontario: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study. Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017;2017 :5917057. doi: 10.1155/2017/5917057. PubMed PMID:29082224 PubMed Central PMC5610890.
  10. Simpson, AN, Garbens, A, Dossa, F, Coyte, PC, Baxter, NN, McDermott, CD et al.. A Cost-Utility Analysis of Nonsurgical Treatments for Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000502. PubMed PMID:29049052 .
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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