Dr. Gillian Booth

A practicing endocrinologist, Dr. Gillian Booth investigates the socioeconomic, environmental and health-care factors behind Canada's diabetes epidemic.

Using large, provincial health-care and survey databases and geographic-information systems, Dr. Booth’s research has revealed important links between neighbourhood characteristics (such as walkability, retail food options and socioeconomic status) and residents’ risk of obesity and diabetes. Dr. Booth co-authored four high-impact reports on the social determinants of diabetes, including the groundbreaking 2007 Toronto Diabetes Atlas, and has made major contributions to diabetes policy and practice at both the national and provincial levels.

Dr. Booth is a MAP scientist, an endocrinologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, a scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and an adjunct scientist with ICES. She is a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine and is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation as well as the Institute of Medical Sciences.