Susan Horton is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She received her BA in economics from Cambridge University, and her PhD in economics from Harvard University. She has held faculty appointments at University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Waterloo in the area of global health economics, and served at various times as Chair, Dean and Vice-President at those universities. Her earlier work on the economics of nutrition is well known, and her contributions to the Lancet series on breastfeeding are particularly highly cited.
Currently she is focusing on non-communicable disease in low- and middle-income countries, particularly on cancer and on diagnostics. She is co-Deputy Chair of the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics, which was published in October 2021. Her work on cancer includes several articles on the cost-effectiveness of childhood cancer treatment in various low- and middle-income countries, work on strengthening health systems for breast cancer care in a collection from the Breast Health Global Initiative published in Cancer 2020, and a recent paper on the cost-effectiveness of multi-cancer early detection published in Cancer in 2022.
Sue has worked in more than twenty low- and middle-income countries including Bolivia, Jamaica, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana, and consulted for over a dozen UN organizations, international development banks and international research organizations. She has served in various capacities on national and international Boards and Technical Advisory Committees, including the Boards of Trustees of the African Economic Research Consortium and the International Food Policy Research Institute; the SUN Secretariat Advisory Committee on nutrition costing; three American Society of Clinical Oncology guidelines panels on cervical cancer; and technical advisory committees for the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the US National Institutes for Health, among others. According to Google Scholar, there have been more than 24,000 citations of her work as of September 2022.