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Lisa Barbera

Senior Adjunct Scientist

ICES Affiliation
  • ICES Central
  • Cancer Research Program



Contact Lisa Barbera



  • MPA, Queen's University
  • FRCPC, Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto
  • MD, University of Ottawa
  • BSc, University of Toronto

Research Focus

  • Cancer
  • Palliative care/End-of-life care
  • Outcomes research
  • Women's health

Other Affiliations

  • Head, Division of Radiation Oncology, Department of Oncology, Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Chief, Section of Radiation Oncology, Clinical Department of Oncology, Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services
  • Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Recent ICES Grants

  • An evaluation of survival, patient reported outcomes, and costs for advanced gastrointestinal cancers

    Principal investigator: Coburn N
    Principal knowledge user: Kennedy E
    Knowledge users: Barbera L, Law C, Mittmann N, Moody L, Wei A
    Co-applicants: Bubis L, Chan K, Earle C, Karanicolas P, Mahar A, Paszat L, Sutradhar R
    Collaborators: Booth C, Darling G,  Eisen A, Finnerty D (patient advisor), Porter G, Viola R

    Dr. Natalie Coburn and her co-investigators have received a Partnerships for Health System Improvement for Cancer Control Operating Grant through the Canadian Institute of Health Research. The team has been awarded $758,176 over four years with 20% matching through the Sherif and MaryLou Hanna Chair in Surgical Oncology Research Chair, to conduct population health cancer research in collaboration with patients, decision-makers and knowledge users. The goals of the project are to look at patient-reported outcomes, costs and survival among patients diagnosed with advanced gastrointestinal cancers. This project is unique in that it combines patient and physician opinion to determine meaningful research questions and produce results that can be used by patients.

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant
    2017-2021; $947,717
  • What is the impact of a provincial program to screen for symptoms on health service use?

    Principal Investigator: Barbera L
    Co-investigators: Earle L, Howell D, Mittmann N, Seow H, Sutradhar R

    Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Innovation Grant
    2016-2019; $193,417
  • Survival, treatment patterns and identifying predictors of receipt of adjuvant therapy for curative pancreatic adenocarcinoma: a population-based analysis

    Principal investigator: Coburn N
    Co-investigators: Mittmann N, Earle C, Barbera L

    Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Operating Grant
    2013-2015; $120,000

Recent Awards & Recognition

Recent ICES Publications