Nancy Baxter


Affiliate Scientist


Dr. Nancy Baxter is a clinical epidemiologist, colorectal surgeon and health services researcher.Ā  She holds the positions of scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michaelā€™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, de Mestral, C, Stukel, TA, Irish, J, Simpson, AN, Wilton, AS et al.. Characterizing the Impact of Procedure Funding on the Covid-19 Generated Procedure Gap in Ontario: A Population-Based Analysis. Ann Surg. 2022; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000005781. PubMed PMID:36538613 .
  2. Doherty, C, McClure, JA, Baxter, NN, Brackstone, M. Complications From Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy in Patients Undergoing Immediate Breast Reconstruction: A Population-Based Study. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2023;8 (2):101104. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2022.101104. PubMed PMID:36533164 PubMed Central PMC9748137.
  3. Castelo, M, Sue-Chue-Lam, C, Paszat, L, Scheer, AS, Hansen, BE, Kishibe, T et al.. Clinical Delays and Comparative Outcomes in Younger and Older Adults with Colorectal Cancer: A Systematic Review. Curr Oncol. 2022;29 (11):8609-8625. doi: 10.3390/curroncol29110679. PubMed PMID:36421332 PubMed Central PMC9689013.
  4. Castelo, M, Paszat, L, Hansen, BE, Scheer, AS, Faught, N, Nguyen, L et al.. Measurement of clinical delay intervals among younger adults with colorectal cancer using health administrative data: a population-based analysis. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2022;9 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2022-001022. PubMed PMID:36410773 PubMed Central PMC9680148.
  5. Morris, VK, Kennedy, EB, Baxter, NN, Benson, AB 3rd, Cercek, A, Cho, M et al.. Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: ASCO Guideline. J Clin Oncol. 2023;41 (3):678-700. doi: 10.1200/JCO.22.01690. PubMed PMID:36252154 .
  6. Gomez, D, Acuna, SA, Joseph Kim, S, Nantais, J, Santiago, R, Calzavara, A et al.. Incidence and Mortality of Emergency General Surgery Conditions Among Solid Organ Transplant Recipients in Ontario, Canada: A Population-based Analysis. Transplantation. 2022; :. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000004299. PubMed PMID:36117253 .
  7. Castelo, M, Sue-Chue-Lam, C, Paszat, L, Kishibe, T, Scheer, AS, Hansen, BE et al.. Time to diagnosis and treatment in younger adults with colorectal cancer: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2022;17 (9):e0273396. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0273396. PubMed PMID:36094913 PubMed Central PMC9467377.
  8. Anpalagan, T, Schmocker, S, Raval, M, Baxter, NN, Brar, MS, Easson, A et al.. Home to Stay: A randomized controlled trial protocol to assess use of a mobile app to reduce readmissions following colorectal surgery. Colorectal Dis. 2022;24 (12):1616-1621. doi: 10.1111/codi.16312. PubMed PMID:36004553 .
  9. Shickh, S, Mighton, C, Clausen, M, Adi-Wauran, E, Hirjikaka, D, Kodida, R et al.. "Doctors shouldn't have to cheat the system": Clinicians' real-world experiences of the utility of genomic sequencing. Genet Med. 2022;24 (9):1888-1898. doi: 10.1016/j.gim.2022.04.024. PubMed PMID:35612591 .
  10. Cusimano, MC, Baxter, NN, Sutradhar, R, McArthur, E, Ray, JG, Garg, AX et al.. Evaluation of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Physicians Compared With Nonphysicians. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5 (5):e2213521. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.13521. PubMed PMID:35604685 PubMed Central PMC9127555.
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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
  • SeniorĀ Scientist, Cancer Theme Group, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Full Member, Institute of Medical Science