William Baker, MD

Associate Professor
Senior Vice Chair, Quality and Safety
Residency: Northwestern University

Academic Interests:
Operations management (to improve the delivery of healthcare)
Quality improvement
Emergency ultrasound

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 system optimization and to achieve personal excellence  in patient care while serving as a clinical educator and researcher.

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 amongst 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 currently chairs SAEM’s Web Evolution Committee and Co-Chairs SAEM’s Operations interest Group. Locally, he chairs the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals’ EMS Committee and sits on the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council’s Medical Control Committee.

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