Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Vice Dean of Medical Education

Richard Baker

Office Address

540 East Canfield, 1207 Scott Hall


Vickie Muhammad

Office Phone

313-577-5196 | Fax: 313-577-6474


Richard S. Baker, M.D., is vice dean of Medical Education and professor of Ophthalmology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Baker has previously held senior leadership positions at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and at the University of California at Los Angeles. Previous positions at Charles Drew University include university provost, dean of the College of Medicine, president of the Charles Drew University Multi-Specialty Practice Group, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, associate vice president for Research, associate dean for Research and director of the Charles Drew NIH-RCMI Biomedical Research Center. Previous leadership positions at UCLA include associate dean at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and associate director of the Jules Stein Center for Eye Epidemiology.

Dr. Baker 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education, the National Medical Fellowships Alumni Association and the Latino Physicians of California. His previous board service includes the Board of Directors of the California Medical Association, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, the Hispanic Serving 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 founding board member of the Los Angeles Eye Institute.

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 (Public Health) and has been recognized as one of “Americas Top Ophthalmologist” by the Consumer Research Council of America.

A native of Harlem, New York, Dr. Baker received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Stanford University. He was awarded his medical degree by Harvard Medical School, with concurrent doctoral training in Health Sciences Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Baker was awarded a fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School. He then went on to complete an internship in General Surgery at the University of Minnesota. After completion of his internship, Dr. Baker was awarded a National Institutes of Health Fellowship in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at the Charles Drew University.

Dr. Baker has served on numerous expert panels for the National Institutes of Health and for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as serving as chair of the Council on Scientific and Clinical Affairs of the California Medical Association. He has been principal investigator of multiple studies and is a published author in the fields of Ophthalmology, Telemedicine, Epidemiology and Health Services Research, with more than 200 scientific publications, book chapters and presentations.

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