Dr. Baker is Senior Vice Chair for Administration of the emergency department. He strives to improve healthcare through systems improvements, while serving as a clinical educator and researcher. His quality improvement training includes having completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 10-month “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 (EM) at Northwestern University in 1994. He served as Associate Director of the Surgical Section of the ED (as well as chaired the hospital’s Disaster Committee) at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx (NY), a public hospital Level I trauma center with one of the busiest EDs in the nation, located in (at the time) the poorest congressional district in the US. It was there that Dr. Baker’s dedication to safety net hospitals was codified and was the path to BMC. The EM chair of Boston City Hospital/BMC trained and practiced at Lincoln.
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 critical care, equitable healthcare innovations-technology, sepsis, emergency preparedness, ultrasound, competency evaluation and EMS. He supports the University and hospital through a variety of committees and projects, including as serving as faculty/mentor to the BMC QI Hub and BUMC Early Career Faculty Development Program.
His responsibilities extend beyond the hospital. Dr. Baker has chaired the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s ED Administration & Clinical Operation’s and SAEM’s Web Evolution Committees as well as SAEM’s Operations and Clinical Directors Interest Groups. Local EMS committee membership includes Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (previously chaired) and Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council’s Medical Control Committee and Board of Directors.
- University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD
- University of Pennsylvania, BA
- Published on 3/25/2021
Ortega R, Nozari A, Baker W, Surani S, Edwards M. Intranasal Naloxone Administration. N Engl J Med. 2021 Mar 25; 384(12):e44. PMID: 33761209.
- Published on 8/1/2020
Baker WE, Solano JJ. Quality Assurance in the Emergency Department. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2020 Aug; 38(3):663-680. PMID: 32616286.
- Published on 6/19/2020
Pare JR, Camelo I, Mayo KC, Leo MM, Dugas JN, Nelson KP, Baker WE, Shareef F, Mitchell PM, Schechter-Perkins EM. Point-of-care Lung Ultrasound Is More Sensitive than Chest Radiograph for Evaluation of COVID-19. West J Emerg Med. 2020 Jun 19; 21(4):771-778. PMID: 32726240.
- Published on 9/4/2019
Hanchate AD, Paasche-Orlow MK, Baker WE, Lin MY, Banerjee S, Feldman J. Association of Race/Ethnicity With Emergency Department Destination of Emergency Medical Services Transport. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 09 04; 2(9):e1910816. PMID: 31490537.
- Published on 10/26/2018
Hanchate AD, Dyer KS, Paasche-Orlow MK, Banerjee S, Baker WE, Lin M, Xue WD, Feldman J. Disparities in Emergency Department Visits Among Collocated Racial/Ethnic Medicare Enrollees. Ann Emerg Med. 2019 03; 73(3):225-235. PMID: 30798793.
- Published on 10/5/2018
Blair RA, Palermo NE, Modzelewski KL, Alexanian SM, Baker WE, Simonson DC, McDonnell ME. REDUCED IMPACT OF DIABETES CLINIC REFERRAL ON HIGH-FREQUENCY EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT USERS. Endocr Pract. 2018 Dec; 24(12):1043-1050. PMID: 30289310.
- 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.
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