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 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.


Recent Publications

  1. Kennedy, ED, Simunovic, M, Jhaveri, K, Kirsch, R, Brierley, J, Drolet, S et al.. Safety and Feasibility of Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging Criteria to Identify Patients With "Good Prognosis" Rectal Cancer Eligible for Primary Surgery: The Phase 2 Nonrandomized QuickSilver Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.0186. PubMed PMID:30973610 .
  2. Merchant, SJ, Brogly, SB, Booth, CM, Goldie, C, Nanji, S, Patel, SV et al.. Palliative Care and Symptom Burden in the Last Year of Life: A Population-Based Study of Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancer. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1245/s10434-019-07320-z. PubMed PMID:30969388 .
  3. Gupta, S, Pole, JD, Baxter, NN, Sutradhar, R, Lau, C, Nagamuthu, C et al.. The effect of adopting pediatric protocols in adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in pediatric vs adult centers: An IMPACT Cohort study. Cancer Med. 2019; :. doi: 10.1002/cam4.2096. PubMed PMID:30912628 .
  4. Acuna, SA, Dossa, F, Baxter, NN. Unifying Design and Analysis for Superiority and Noninferiority Trials With Appropriate End Point-Reply. JAMA Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5858. PubMed PMID:30785629 .
  5. Speller, B, Sissons, A, Daly, C, Facey, M, Kennedy, E, Metcalfe, K et al.. An evaluation of oncofertility decision support resources among breast cancer patients and health care providers. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019;19 (1):101. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-3901-z. PubMed PMID:30728004 PubMed Central PMC6366104.
  6. Corter, AL, Speller, B, Sequeira, S, Campbell, C, Facey, M, Baxter, NN et al.. What Young Women with Breast Cancer Get Versus What They Want in Online Information and Social Media Supports. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2018.0125. PubMed PMID:30648917 .
  7. Acuna, SA, Chesney, TR, Baxter, NN. ASO Author Reflections: Clarifying the Controversy Generated by Non-inferiority Trials of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer. Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1245/s10434-018-7050-0. PubMed PMID:30556114 .
  8. Daly, C, Micic, S, Facey, M, Speller, B, Yee, S, Kennedy, ED et al.. A review of factors affecting patient fertility preservation discussions & decision-making from the perspectives of patients and providers. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2019;28 (1):e12945. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12945. PubMed PMID:30375696 .
  9. Acuna, SA, Wood, T, Chesney, TR, Dossa, F, Wexner, SD, Quereshy, FA et al.. Operative Strategies for Perforated Diverticulitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Dis. Colon Rectum. 2018;61 (12):1442-1453. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001149. PubMed PMID:30371549 .
  10. Llovet, D, Serenity, M, Conn, LG, Bravo, CA, McCurdy, BR, Dubé, C et al.. Reasons For Lack of Follow-up Colonoscopy Among Persons With A Positive Fecal Occult Blood Test Result: A Qualitative Study. Am. J. Gastroenterol. 2018;113 (12):1872-1880. doi: 10.1038/s41395-018-0381-4. PubMed PMID:30361625 .
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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