Nancy Baxter

Professor and Head of Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, The University of Melbourne


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Born in South Porcupine Ontario, Dr. Nancy Baxter obtained her MD and her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed her board certifications in general surgery and colorectal surgery. She practiced as an academic surgeon for 20 years.

Dr. Baxter is the Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She continues to maintain her appointment as Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She is a scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Senior Scientist in the Cancer Theme Group with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

She was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health from 2016-2020 and the Provincial GI Endoscopy Lead for Ontario at Cancer Care Ontario from 2013 – 2020.

She is a clinical epidemiologist and health services researcher interested in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening, long-term cancer survivorship, and quality of surgical care. She has extensive experience in the use of administrative and cancer registry data to evaluate long-term consequences of cancer care with over 300 peer-reviewed articles. Professor Baxter was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Health Policy Research article of the year for 2014/15 and was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2016.

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