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Natalie Coburn (Groce)

Senior Adjunct Scientist

ICES Affiliation
  • ICES Central
  • Cancer Research Program



Contact Natalie Coburn (Groce)


  • MPH, Harvard University
  • MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Focus

  • Cancer
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Surgery
  • Health care quality
  • Health economics

Other Affiliations

  • Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
  • Adjunct Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Head, Division of General Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Recent ICES Grants

  • Development and external validation of a personalized model to predict survival in esophageal cancer patients

    Principal investigator: Coburn N
    Co-investigators: Compton CC, Darling GE, Davis LE, Decker KM, Gupta V, Hess K, Hsu AT, Kidane B, Mahar AL, Manuel DG, Ringash J, Turner DC

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant: Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts
    2019-2020; $100,000
  • An evaluation of patient reported outcomes, patterns of symptoms severity, survival and healthcare costs for neuroendocrine tumours (NETs)

    Principal investigator: Hallett J
    Co-investigators: Coburn N, Davis LE, Earle CC, Gotlib Conn L, Herman J, Isenberg-Grzeda E, Law CH, Mahar AL, Mittmann N, Moody L, Myrehaug S, Singh S, Wright FC

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Scheme Grant
    2019-2024; $248,626
  • 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

Recent ICES Publications