Professor Nancy Baxter announced as new Head of MSPGH

After nearly two decades of leading the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Professor Terry Nolan AO will be stepping down at the end of his current term. The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is delighted to announce Professor Nancy Baxter as the new Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

Nancy is a clinical epidemiologist, general surgeon and health services researcher. She will be joining us from Canada, where she is currently a Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

As a strategic and dedicated leader, Nancy has been responsible for academic programs and innovative student experiences in her role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In this capacity, she led the development of a new Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health and an Advanced Standing Master of Public Health in Family and Community Medicine.

An established clinical researcher with an international reputation, Nancy has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters and is widely known for her contributions to health services and outcomes. Nancy has held continuous national funding since 2004 and secured over CAD$11 million in peer-reviewed funds as principal/co-principal investigator, and was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Health Policy Research article of the year for 2014/15. Nancy has extensive experience in using cancer registry data and health administrative data to examine the long-term impact of cancer care for adults. She has been elected to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1991), American College of Surgeons (2007) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2016).

Nancy is also the Ontario Provincial Endoscopy Lead for Cancer Care Ontario, where she has played a major role in influencing public policy and transforming the funding strategy for endoscopies, enabling best-practice pricing and reducing the use of deep sedation in routine hospital-based endoscopies.

Throughout her leadership roles in surgery, health and public policy, Nancy has demonstrated strengths as a collaborator with the ability to span disciplines and geographic boundaries.

Reflecting on her appointment Nancy said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. The opportunity to help the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health continue to achieve great things as a world leader in public health is an exciting one”.

Nancy will begin in her appointment at the beginning of term in 2020, joining the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health as it celebrates its first 20 years.

The Faculty would also like to express our gratitude to Professor Terry Nolan AO for his leadership of the School over the past 20 years. After stepping down as Foundation Head of the School, Professor Nolan will initially be undertaking a sabbatical, following which he will continue a Professorial role in the Faculty. Professor Nolan has been instrumental in building the School in scope, reputation and funding, to its current position as a leader in the field of public health, education and research.