Professor Nancy Baxter

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Professor Nancy Baxter

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Professor Nancy Baxter is currently the Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s #1 School of Public Health.  She is a clinical epidemiologist, colorectal surgeon and health services researcher.  Before joining the University of Melbourne, she was the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, a Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  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.  Nancy moved from Toronto to Melbourne in February 2020 for the adventure, and COVID did not disappoint her!  As a researcher, Nancy has been in the public eye for a number of publications particularly in the area of cancer screening and quality of surgical care.  She has almost 400 peer-reviewed articles and has had continual national (Canadian) research funding for almost 20 years.  She also applies the use of linked health administrative data and cancer registry data to evaluate long-term consequences of cancer care for adults.  As a public health leader, Professor Baxter has been a leading voice in the Australia media during the pandemic, helping Australians understand the pandemic and how their individual and collective actions can have real impact on the health of their families and communities.