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Richard Baker, M.D., is vice dean of Medical Education for the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
An ophthalmologist, he formerly served as executive director of the Center for Health Services Research and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. He held a joint faculty appointment at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and was a member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, where he served as associate director of the Jules Stein Center for Eye Epidemiology. His previous positions at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science include provost, dean of the College of Medicine, president of the Charles Drew University Multi-Specialty Practice Group, associate vice president for Research, associate dean for Research, assistant dean for Medical Student Research and director of the Charles Drew National Institutes of Health – Research Centers in Minority Institutions Biomedical Research Center. He has also served as associate dean for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
Dr. Baker received his undergraduate degree in physics from Stanford University in 1977. He received a medical doctorate degree from Harvard Medical School and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. His postdoctoral training includes a fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School and a National Institutes of Health fellowship in chronic disease epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Baker has been recognized for his scientific and civic contributions by National Medical Fellowships as a Distinguished Alumnus, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the National Association of Public Hospitals, the California legislature, Tavis Smiley/Microsoft, the City of Lynwood and numerous community organizations. He is an elected member of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumer Research Council of America.
He is the founding director of the Drew Health Services Research Center and co-founder and executive director of the Drew Urban Telemedicine Center of Excellence. He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Medical Association, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the Latino Physicians of California and Healthy African American Families. He also has served on the boards of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, the UCLA School of Medicine Board of Visitors, the California Black Health Network, the Drew Economic Development Corp., the Drew Faculty Practice Plan and the Los Angeles Eye Institute.
Dr. Baker has been the principal investigator for multiple studies and has published more than 200 articles and book chapters in the areas of ophthalmology, telemedicine, epidemiology and health services research. He has served on numerous expert panels for the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.