Ellen TothEllen Toth, MD

Office:      362C, Heritage Medical Research Centre
Mail:         University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2S2
Phone:     780-407-3636
Fax:         780-407-6702
Email:      ellen.toth@ualberta.ca





Current Position

Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Dept. of Medicine


Research Area

Dr. Toth’s research interests fall into two main areas:


  • 1. Diabetes in Aboriginals; and
  • 2. Clinical diabetes care, particularly in type 1 diabetes.



Current Research Activities


Throughout Dr. Toth’s clinical and research career her efforts have been in the field of diabetes. She has described a very high incidence of type 1 diabetes in the Province of Alberta.


In addition, she is interested in Health Services Research, having initiated the DOVE (Diabetes Outreach Van Enhancement) Study, a comparison of surrogate outcomes of diabetes care in two Northern Alberta Health Regions exposed to a diabetes outreach service.


She also was the lead applicant of the SLICK project, a project designed to address the complications of diabetes in First Nations Communities in Alberta. SLICK stands for Screening for Limbs, Eyes, Cardiovascular and Kidney Complications of Diabetes.


A similar project is now underway in cooperation with Alberta Health and Wellness: The Mobile Diabetes Screening Initiative.



MD, University of Buenos Aires


Select Publications


EL Toth, KC Lee, RM Couch, LF Martin. High Incidence of IDDM over six years in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Diabetes Care. 1997; 20: 311-313, 1997.


JA Johnson, SR Majumdar, SH Simpson, EL Toth.  Decreased Mortality Associated with the use of Metformin Compared to Sulfonylurea Monotherapy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.  Diabetes Care. 25(12): 2244-2248, 2002. [Impact Factor: 5.477]


EL Toth, SM Majumdar, RZ Lewanczuk, TK Lee, JA Johnson.  Compliance with Clinical Practice Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes in Rural Patients: Treatment Gaps and Opportunities for Improvement.  Pharmacotherapy. 23(5): 659-665, 2003. [Impact Factor: 0.976]


J Klinke, EL Toth.  Pre-conception Care for women with type 1 diabetes.  Canadian Family Physician. 49:769-773, 2003.  [Impact Factor: 0.365]


SR Majumdar, LM Guirguis, EL Toth, RZ Lewanczuk, TK Lee, JA Johnson.  Controlled trial of a multifaceted intervention for improving quality of care for rural patients with type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes Care. 26: 3061-3066, 2003. [Erratum: Diabetes Care 2004; 27: 1525, 2004. [Impact Factor: 7.071]


SL Bowker, CG Mitchell, SR Majumdar, EL Toth, JA Johnson.  Lack of insurance coverage for testing supplies is associated with poorer glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.  CMAJ. 171(1): 39-43, 2004.  Impact Factor: 5.941


JA Johnson, DT Eurich, EL Toth, RZ Lewanczuk, TK Lee, SR Majumdar SR.  Generalizability and Persistence of a Multifaceted Intervention for Improving Quality of Care for Rural Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.  Diabetes Care. 28: 783-788, 2005.


EL Toth, K Cardinal, D Moyah, K Ralph-Campbell. Partnerships to address the epidemic of diabetes in Aboriginals in Alberta. Can J Diabetes. 29(4):415-419, 2005.

S Virani, D Strong, M Tennant, M Greve, S Shade, H Young, EL Toth, and the Implementation Committee of the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative. Rationale and Design for the SLICK Project: Screening for Limb, I-Eye, Cardiovascular and Kidney (SLICK) Complications in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes in Alberta’s First Nations Communities.  Canadian Journal of Public Health. 97(3):241-7, 2006