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. Acuna, SA, Chesney, TR, Baxter, NN. Response to Comment on "Routine Use of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer". Ann. Surg. 2019;270 (6):e146-e147. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003650. PubMed PMID:31730558 .
  2. Sue-Chue-Lam, C, Castelo, M, Baxter, NN. Factors Associated With Mortality After Emergency Colectomy for Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding. JAMA Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4467. PubMed PMID:31721991 .
  3. Covelli, A, Facey, M, Kennedy, E, Brezden-Masley, C, Gupta, AA, Greenblatt, E et al.. Clinicians' Perspectives on Barriers to Discussing Infertility and Fertility Preservation With Young Women With Cancer. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2 (11):e1914511. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14511. PubMed PMID:31693121 .
  4. Litwin, O, Sontrop, JM, McArthur, E, Tinmouth, J, Rabeneck, L, Vinden, C et al.. Uptake of Colorectal Cancer Screening by Physicians is Associated With Greater Uptake by Their Patients. Gastroenterology. 2019; :. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2019.10.027. PubMed PMID:31682852 .
  5. Speller, B, Metcalfe, K, Kennedy, ED, Facey, M, Greenblatt, E, Scheer, AS et al.. The "Begin Exploring Fertility Options, Risks and Expectations" (BEFORE) decision aid: development and alpha testing of a fertility tool for premenopausal breast cancer patients. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019;19 (1):203. doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0912-y. PubMed PMID:31660965 PubMed Central PMC6819618.
  6. Lofters, AK, Baker, NA, Schuler, A, Rau, A, Baxter, A, Baxter, NN et al.. A "Tea and Cookies" Approach: Co-designing Cancer Screening Interventions with Patients Living with Low Income. J Gen Intern Med. 2019; :. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05400-0. PubMed PMID:31637642 .
  7. Peterse, EFP, Naber, SK, Daly, C, Pollett, A, Paszat, LF, Spaander, MCW et al.. Cost-effectiveness of Active Identification and Subsequent Colonoscopy Surveillance of Lynch Syndrome Cases. Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2019.10.021. PubMed PMID:31629885 .
  8. Dossa, F, Simpson, AN, Sutradhar, R, Urbach, DR, Tomlinson, G, Detsky, AS et al.. Sex-Based Disparities in the Hourly Earnings of Surgeons in the Fee-for-Service System in Ontario, Canada. JAMA Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.3769. PubMed PMID:31577348 PubMed Central PMC6777399.
  9. Armstrong, KA, von Schroeder, HP, Baxter, NN, Zhong, T, Huang, A, McCabe, SJ et al.. Stable rates of operative treatment of distal radius fractures in Ontario, Canada: a population-based retrospective cohort study (2004–2013). Can J Surg. 2019;62 (6):016218. doi: 10.1503/cjs.016218. PubMed PMID:31545562 .
  10. Nyhof, BB, Wright, FC, Look Hong, NJ, Groot, G, Helyer, L, Meiers, P et al.. Recommendations to improve patient-centred care for ductal carcinoma in situ: Qualitative focus groups with women. Health Expect. 2019; :. doi: 10.1111/hex.12973. PubMed PMID:31532871 .
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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