Gillian Booth




Dr. Gillian Booth is a Scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions within the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Booth is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a practicing endocrinologist. Dr. Booth’s research focuses on health outcomes related to diabetes; specifically how socioeconomic, environmental and health care factors influence the risk of diabetes and its complications. She has extensive experience in using large provincial health care and survey databases, and in using geographic information systems (GIS) methodology to study contextual factors influencing the development of diabetes. One of her major research interests is on the built environment and its role in the obesity and diabetes epidemics. Dr. Booth has made major contributions to diabetes policy and practice at both the national and provincial levels. She has served on several advisory committees for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System and she was the Methodology Chair for the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.


Recent Publications

  1. Wang, R, Rouleau, G, Booth, GL, Brazeau, AS, El-Dassouki, N, Taylor, M et al.. Understanding Whether and How a Digital Health Intervention Improves Transition Care for Emerging Adults Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Realist Evaluation. JMIR Res Protoc. 2023;12 :e46115. doi: 10.2196/46115. PubMed PMID:37703070 PubMed Central PMC10534286.
  2. Ke, C, Lipscombe, LL, Weisman, A, Zhou, L, Austin, PC, Shah, BR et al.. Change in the Relation Between Age and Cardiovascular Events Among Men and Women With Diabetes Compared With Those Without Diabetes in 1994-1999 and 2014-2019: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Diabetes Care. 2023;46 (10):e200-e202. doi: 10.2337/dc23-0952. PubMed PMID:37599640 .
  3. Ozaki, AF, Ko, DT, Chong, A, Fang, J, Atzema, CL, Austin, PC et al.. Prescribing patterns and factors associated with sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor prescribing in patients with diabetes mellitus and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. CMAJ Open. 2023;11 (3):E494-E503. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20220039. PubMed PMID:37311594 PubMed Central PMC10270657.
  4. Sharan, R, Wiens, K, Ronksley, PE, Hwang, SW, Booth, GL, Austin, PC et al.. The Association of Homelessness With Rates of Diabetes Complications: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Diabetes Care. 2023;46 (8):1469-1476. doi: 10.2337/dc23-0211. PubMed PMID:37276538 .
  5. Fazli, GS, Booth, GL. Call for Action on the Upstream Determinants of Diabetes in Canada. Can J Diabetes. 2023; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2023.05.011. PubMed PMID:37271429 .
  6. Sanmugalingham, G, Mok, E, Cafazzo, JA, Desveaux, L, Brazeau, AS, Booth, GL et al.. Text message-based intervention, Keeping in Touch (KiT), to support youth as they transition to adult type 1 diabetes care: a protocol for a multisite randomised controlled superiority trial. BMJ Open. 2023;13 (5):e071396. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-071396. PubMed PMID:37156577 PubMed Central PMC10174028.
  7. Wiens, K, Bai, L, Austin, PC, Ronksley, PE, Hwang, SW, Spackman, E et al.. Long-term association between homelessness and mortality among people with diabetes. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2023;11 (4):229-231. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(22)00358-8. PubMed PMID:36958867 .
  8. den Braver, NR, Beulens, JWJ, Wu, CF, Fazli, GS, Gozdyra, P, Howell, NA et al.. Higher Neighborhood Drivability Is Associated With a Higher Diabetes Risk in Younger Adults: A Population-Based Cohort Study in Toronto, Canada. Diabetes Care. 2023;46 (6):1177-1184. doi: 10.2337/dc22-1549. PubMed PMID:36950930 .
  9. Shah, BR, Austin, PC, Ke, C, Lipscombe, LL, Weisman, A, Booth, GL et al.. Growing Income-Related Disparities in Cardiovascular Hospitalizations Among People With Diabetes, 1995-2019: A Population-Based Study. Diabetes Care. 2023;46 (4):751-756. doi: 10.2337/dc22-1936. PubMed PMID:36720121 .
  10. Astell-Burt, T, Hipp, JA, Gatersleben, B, Adlakha, D, Marselle, M, Olcoń, K et al.. Need and Interest in Nature Prescriptions to Protect Cardiovascular and Mental Health: A Nationally-Representative Study With Insights for Future Randomised Trials. Heart Lung Circ. 2023;32 (1):114-123. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2022.11.008. PubMed PMID:36588036 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Institute of Health Policy, Management, & Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Scientist, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences