Natalie Coburn (Groce)
Dr. Coburn is a hepato-pancreaticobiliary surgical oncologist, serving as head of the Division of General Surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is appointed as an associate professor in the department of surgery at the Institute of Health Policy, Evaluation and Management at the University of Toronto. She conducts her research as an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Coburn obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then performed her general surgery residency at Brown University, serving as administrative chief resident in her fifth year. She obtained a Masters of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from Harvard University, followed by surgical oncology fellowship training at the University of Toronto. In 2008, she was awarded a Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute grant and a Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Career Scientist Award to conduct an in-depth analysis of the factors that lead to differences in survival for patients resected of gastric cancer. She has worked with Cancer Care Ontario on several initiatives, including leading the surgical mortality analyses for the CSQI, the Gastric Cancer Quality Improvement Project, and an initiative to improve referral systems for patients with colorectal liver metastases. She serves an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada surgical oncology licensing examination.