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, 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 .
  2. 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.
  3. 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; :. doi: 10.1111/codi.16312. PubMed PMID:36004553 .
  4. 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 .
  5. 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.
  6. Shickh, S, Hirjikaka, D, Clausen, M, Kodida, R, Mighton, C, Reble, E et al.. Genetics Adviser: a protocol for a mixed-methods randomised controlled trial evaluating a digital platform for genetics service delivery. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (4):e060899. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-060899. PubMed PMID:35487723 PubMed Central PMC9058789.
  7. Snelgrove, JW, Simpson, AN, Sutradhar, R, Everett, K, Liu, N, Baxter, NN et al.. Preeclampsia and Severe Maternal Morbidity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Population-Based Cohort Study in Ontario, Canada. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2022;44 (7):777-784. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2022.03.008. PubMed PMID:35395419 PubMed Central PMC8979839.
  8. Shickh, S, Oldfield, LE, Clausen, M, Mighton, C, Sebastian, A, Calvo, A et al.. "Game Changer": Health Professionals' Views on the Clinical Utility of Circulating Tumor DNA Testing in Hereditary Cancer Syndrome Management. Oncologist. 2022;27 (5):e393-e401. doi: 10.1093/oncolo/oyac039. PubMed PMID:35385106 PubMed Central PMC9075003.
  9. Paszat, L, Sutradhar, R, Luo, J, Tinmouth, J, Rabeneck, L, Baxter, NN et al.. Uptake and Short-term Outcomes of High-risk Screening Colonoscopy Billing Codes: A Population-based Study Among Young Adults. J Can Assoc Gastroenterol. 2022;5 (2):86-95. doi: 10.1093/jcag/gwab014. PubMed PMID:35368324 PubMed Central PMC8972288.
  10. Ruco, A, Baxter, NN, Jacobson, J, Tinmouth, J, Llovet, D. Using Facebook to promote the uptake of colorectal cancer screening. BMC Public Health. 2022;22 (1):323. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-12732-w. PubMed PMID:35168576 PubMed Central PMC8848656.
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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