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. Gomez, D, Nantais, J, Telesnicki, T, de Mestral, C, Wilton, AS, Stukel, TA et al.. A Population-based Analysis of the COVID-19 Generated Surgical Backlog and Associated Emergency Department Presentations for Inguinal Hernias and Gallstone Disease. Ann Surg. 2022; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000005403. PubMed PMID:35081578 .
  2. Baxter, NN, Facey, M, Ruco, A, Baker, NA, Sorvari, A, Benmessaoud, A et al.. Nimble Approach: fast, adapting, calculating and ethically mindful approach to managing colorectal cancer screening programmes during a pandemic. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2022;9 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2021-000826. PubMed PMID:35046092 .
  3. Zgardau, A, Ray, JG, Baxter, NN, Nagamuthu, C, Park, AL, Gupta, S et al.. Obstetrical and Perinatal Outcomes in Female Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer: A Population-Based Cohort Study. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022; :. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac005. PubMed PMID:35043954 .
  4. Mortazavi, M, Baxter, NN, Gupta, S, Gupta, AA, Lau, C, Nagamuthu, C et al.. Impact of locus of care on outcomes in adolescents and young adults with osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma treated at pediatric versus adult cancer centers: An IMPACT cohort study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2022; :e29458. doi: 10.1002/pbc.29458. PubMed PMID:35029312 .
  5. Carmona, CA, Yee, S, Seminsky, M, Glass, K, Foong, S, Lipson, E et al.. Surgeon and Patient Reports of Fertility Preservation Referral and Uptake in a Prospective, Pan-Canadian Study of Young Women with Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022; :. doi: 10.1245/s10434-021-11254-w. PubMed PMID:35001240 .
  6. Persaud, N, Ally, M, Woods, H, Workentin, A, Baxter, NN, Boozary, A et al.. Racialised people in clinical guideline panels. Lancet. 2022;399 (10320):139-140. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02759-8. PubMed PMID:34998499 .
  7. de Mestral, C, Gomez, D, Wilton, AS, Lee, DS, Albalawi, Z, Austin, PC et al.. A Population-Based Analysis of Diabetes-Related Care Measures, Foot Complications, and Amputation During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ontario, Canada. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5 (1):e2142354. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.42354. PubMed PMID:34985514 PubMed Central PMC8733837.
  8. Lofters, AK, Baker, NA, Corrado, AM, Schuler, A, Rau, A, Baxter, NN et al.. Care in the Community: Opportunities to improve cancer screening uptake for people living with low income. Prev Med Rep. 2021;24 :101622. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101622. PubMed PMID:34976677 PubMed Central PMC8684029.
  9. Cusimano, MC, Liu, J, Azizi, P, Zipursky, J, Sajewycz, K, Sussman, J et al.. Adverse Fetal Outcomes and Maternal Mortality Following Non-Obstetric Abdominopelvic Surgery in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann Surg. 2021; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000005362. PubMed PMID:34966066 .
  10. Baxter, NN, Kennedy, EB, Bergsland, E, Berlin, J, George, TJ, Gill, S et al.. Adjuvant Therapy for Stage II Colon Cancer: ASCO Guideline Update. J Clin Oncol. 2021; :JCO2102538. doi: 10.1200/JCO.21.02538. PubMed PMID:34936379 .
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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