Dr. Baker is Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety and a senior member of the emergency department’s operations management team. He strives to improve healthcare through systems improvements and to achieve personal excellence in patient care while serving as a clinical educator and researcher. His quality improvement experience includes having participated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program”.
Dr. Baker received his MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1990 and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Northwestern University in 1994. As a new attending at Lincoln Medical Center (Bronx, NY) he demonstrated early interest and expertise in operations management and was appointed Associate Director of the Surgical Section of the ED where he spearheaded a variety of projects towards improving systems of care within the ED (as well as chaired the hospital’s Disaster Committee) and co-authored an early article evaluating an instructional model for emergency ultrasonography.
In 1997, Dr. Baker joined the BU Emergency Medicine group, initially helping kick-start the department’s staffing and administering of an affiliated community ED with a new EM residency rotation. He transitioned full-time to the BMC campus in 2002 where he plays a key role among the department’s leadership in the areas of operations management and quality improvement. His interests, expertise and activities are varied and, in addition to the above, include emergency preparedness, ultrasound, critical care, competency evaluation and EMS. He supports the hospital through a variety of committees and projects. His responsibilities extend beyond the hospital. Dr. Baker has chaired SAEM’s Web Evolution Committee and Co-Chaired SAEM’s Operations as well as Clinical Directors Interest Groups. Locally, he’s chaired the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals’ EMS Committee and sits on the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council’s Medical Control Committee.
- Quincy Medical Center
- University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD
- University of Pennsylvania, BA
- Published on 5/27/2017
Hanchate AD, Paasche-Orlow MK, Dyer KS, Baker WE, Feng C, Feldman J. Geographic Variation in Use of Ambulance Transport to the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Oct; 70(4):533-543.e7. PMID: 28559039.
- Published on 10/1/2016
Palermo NE, Modzelewski KL, Farwell AP, Fosbroke J, Shankar KN, Alexanian SM, Baker WE, Simonson DC, McDonnell ME. OPEN ACCESS TO DIABETES CENTER FROM THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT REDUCES HOSPITALIZATIONS IN THE SUSEQUENT YEAR. Endocr Pract. 2016 Oct; 22(10):1161-1169. PMID: 27732094.
- Published on 6/13/2016
Palermo NE, Modzelewski KL, Farwell AP, Fosbroke J, Shankar KN, Alexanian SM, Baker WE, Simonson DC, McDonnell ME. OPEN ACCESS TO DIABETES CENTER FROM THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT REDUCES HOSPITALIZATIONS IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEAR. Endocr Pract. 2016 Jun 13. PMID: 27295016.
- Published on 5/12/2016
Dahn CM, Manasco AT, Breaud, Kim S, Moin O, Rumas N, Mitchell PM, Nelson KP, Baker WE, Feldman JM. Poster session presented at: Annual Meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine; 2016 May 12; New Orleans, LA. A critical analysis of unplanned transfer to the ICU within 48 hours of admission from the ED as a quality measure. 2016.
- Published on 5/11/2016
Dahn CM, Manasco AT, Breaud AH, Kim S, Rumas N, Moin O, Mitchell PM, Nelson KP, Baker W, Feldman JA. A critical analysis of unplanned ICU transfer within 48 hours from ED admission as a quality measure. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Aug; 34(8):1505-10. PMID: 27241571.
- Published on 4/1/2016
Sullivan RP, Baker WE, Byrne MW. Young Woman With Syncope. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Apr; 67(4):557, 562. PMID: 27015924.
- Published on 9/30/2015
Baker WE, Medzon R. Brown D, editor. Scientific American emergency medicine [Internet]. Thoracic Trauma. Decker Intellectual Properties. 2015.
- Published on 1/1/2015
Baker WE. In Schaider J, Hayden SR, Wolfe R, Barkin RM, Rosen P, editors. Rosen & Barkin’s 5 minute emergency medicine consult. Vertigo. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia. 2015.
- Published on 1/24/2013
Burke LG, Joyce N, Baker WE, Biddinger PD, Dyer KS, Friedman FD, Imperato J, King A, Maciejko TM, Pearlmutter MD, Sayah A, Zane RD, Epstein SK. The effect of an ambulance diversion ban on emergency department length of stay and ambulance turnaround time. Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Mar; 61(3):303-311.e1. PMID: 23352752.
- Published on 5/1/2012
Rathlev NK, Obendorfer D, White LF, Rebholz C, Magauran B, Baker W, Ulrich A, Fisher L, Olshaker J. Time series analysis of emergency department length of stay per 8-hour shift. West J Emerg Med. 2012 May; 13(2):163-8. PMID: 22900106.
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