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Lorraine Lipscombe, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC

Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Director, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, 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 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 has developed a home-based lifestyle intervention program for women with recent gestational diabetes to lower their future risk of type 2 diabetes, which is currently being evaluated in a clinical trial. 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; that breast cancer survivors have a higher incidence of diabetes; and diabetes patients diagnosed with cancer experience higher rates of acute diabetic complications. Dr. Lipscombe has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers. Her research program has been supported by the Lawson Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Dr. Lipscombe was featured in a podcast with Diabetes Canada to address diabetes in women, including risk factors, the link to breast cancer and more. Listen here

Select Awards

  • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2012-2017)
  • Goldie Award for Research, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto (2015)


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MSc, Clinical Epidemiology, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, 2005

MD, McGill University, 1998

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  • University of Toronto

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  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)