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. Sue-Chue-Lam, C, Castelo, M, Benmessaoud, A, Kishibe, T, Llovet, D, Brezden-Masley, C et al.. Randomised controlled trials of non-pharmacological interventions to improve patient-reported outcomes of colonoscopy: a scoping review. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2023;10 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2023-001129. PubMed PMID:37277204 .
  2. Youlden, DR, Pole, JD, Baxter, NN, Aitken, JF. Long-term surgical consequences of childhood cancer. Lancet Oncol. 2023;24 (6):582-583. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(23)00166-3. PubMed PMID:37182537 .
  3. Punnett, A, Baxter, NN, Hodgson, D, Sutradhar, R, Pole, JD, Lau, C et al.. Treatment patterns and outcomes in adolescents and young adults with nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma: an IMPACT cohort study. Br J Haematol. 2023;201 (6):1081-1087. doi: 10.1111/bjh.18757. PubMed PMID:37015867 .
  4. Gupta, S, Li, Q, Nathan, PC, D'Agostino, N, Baxter, NN, Fox, C et al.. Prevalence, severity, and predictors of symptom burden among adolescents and young adults with cancer. Cancer Med. 2023;12 (10):11773-11785. doi: 10.1002/cam4.5837. PubMed PMID:36970969 PubMed Central PMC10242332.
  5. Shickh, S, Sebastian, A, Clausen, M, Mighton, C, Elser, C, Eisen, A et al.. Great expectations: patients' preferences for clinically significant results from genomic sequencing. Hum Genet. 2023;142 (4):553-562. doi: 10.1007/s00439-023-02543-3. PubMed PMID:36943453 .
  6. Mighton, C, Clausen, M, Shickh, S, Baxter, NN, Scheer, A, Sebastian, A et al.. How do members of the public expect to use variants of uncertain significance in their health care? A population-based survey. Genet Med. 2023;25 (5):100819. doi: 10.1016/j.gim.2023.100819. PubMed PMID:36919843 .
  7. Simpson, AN, Gomez, D, Baxter, NN, Miazga, E, Urbach, D, Ramlakhan, J et al.. Patient, family and professional suggestions for pandemic-related surgical backlog recovery: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open. 2023;11 (2):E255-E266. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20220109. PubMed PMID:36918209 PubMed Central PMC10019322.
  8. Nantais, J, Baxter, NN, Saskin, R, Logsetty, S, Gomez, D. Population-level trends in emergency general surgery presentations and mortality over time. Br J Surg. 2023; :. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znad041. PubMed PMID:36869820 .
  9. Castelo, M, Paszat, L, Hansen, BE, Scheer, AS, Faught, N, Nguyen, L et al.. Comparing Time to Diagnosis and Treatment Between Younger and Older Adults With Colorectal Cancer: A Population-Based Study. Gastroenterology. 2023;164 (7):1152-1164. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2023.02.024. PubMed PMID:36841489 .
  10. Tricco, AC, Nincic, V, Darvesh, N, Rios, P, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, MM et al.. Global evidence of gender equity in academic health research: a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2023;13 (2):e067771. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-067771. PubMed PMID:36792322 PubMed Central PMC9933760.
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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