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Lorraine Lipscombe, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC

Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Director, Centre for Integrated Diabetes Care, Women's College Hospital
Staff Physician, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Women's College Hospital
Medical Co-Director, Endocrine Clinic at Women’s College Hospital
Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Senior Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences


Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is a scientist at Women's College Research Institute, an endocrinologist at Women's College Hospital, and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and assistant professor in the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. In addition, she is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She serves as the Director of the new Centre for Integrated Diabetes Care and the Medical Co-Director of the Endocrine clinic at Women’s College Hospital.

Dr. Lipscombe has developed a successful research program that focuses on the prevention, care and outcomes of diabetes, with a specific focus on diabetes in women. Her team is currently piloting a home-based lifestyle intervention program for women with recent gestational diabetes, to lower their future risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, Dr. Lipscombe is leading a research program addressing the complex relationship between type 2 diabetes and cancer. Her studies of population-based health administrative data have shown that diabetic women get fewer screening mammograms, and that postmenopausal breast cancer survivors have a higher incidence of diabetes. She is now studying other factors that increase breast cancer risk in diabetic women. Another key area of interest focuses on the improvement of health service delivery for diabetes management. Dr. Lipscombe has shown that low-income patients with diabetes have higher mortality rates, and thus must be the focus of greater preventive efforts.

Dr. Lipscombe has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, and was recently awarded the prestigious New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Her research program has been supported by the Lawson Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

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  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)