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2001 Gold Medalist, Dr. Stephen R. Baker


A member of the ASER Executive Committee since 1994, Stephen R. Baker, MD, ​was a professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology and director of the Radiology Residency Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Jersey Medical School, Newark.

Dr. Baker has also served the Society as a member of the Program Committee since 1991 and chairman of that committee in 1992, president-elect in 1994-1995 and president in 1995-1996. He has been coordinator and director of the Imaging Symposium and chairman of the Continuing Education Committee since 1995; a CME liaison  since 1994; a member of the Strategic Planning Committee since 1998; a member of the Membership Committee and International Member Subcommittee since 1999; a councilor to the American College of Radiology from 1977 to the present, and a liaison to the American College of Radiology from 1995 to 2000.

Board certified in radiology, Dr. Baker received his medical degree in 1968 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and a master's degree in philosophy (geography) from Columbia University in New York City in 1980. He took his internship at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY, from 1968-1969 and his residency training in radiology at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1969-1972, when he was appointed instructor of medicine at Albert Einstein. From 1973 to 1975, he served in the US Army as a major at Fort Campbell, KY.

Returning to Albert Einstein College of Medicine after completing his military duty, Dr. Baker rose through the academic ranks there from assistant professor of radiology (1975-1976 and 1979-1982) to assistant clinical professor (1976-1979), associate professor (1983-1987), and professor of radiology (1987-1990). From 1980 to 1990, he was also director of the Radiology Residency Program, and from 1986 to 1990 he was acting chairman of the Department of Radiology. Other appointments include lecturer in geography at Columbia University from 1978-1990, clinical professor of physical therapy at Ithaca College in New York from 1981 to 1991, and professor at the UMDNJ Public Health School commencing this year. He accepted his current positions at the New Jersey Medical School in 1990. 

Dr. Baker has also held hospital appointments as a radiologist at the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1972-1973 and 1975-1976); Fort Campbell Army Hospital (1973-1974); director of radiology; 1974-1975); Perth Amboy Hospital (1976-1978); Bayshore Community Hospital, Keyport, NJ (1976-1978); Cabrini Hospital, New York (1978-1979); Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (1980-1990); Lyons Hospital, Lyons, NJ (consultant, 1980-1990); East Orange VA Medical Center, East Orange, NJ (beginning in 1994); Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus, NJ (acting director of radiology, 1995-1996); St. Mary Hospital, Hoboken, NJ; and St. Francis Hospital, Jersey City, NJ. He has also been chief of radiology service at the University Hospital, UMDNJ, in Newark, NJ. 

The Gold Medal nominee's major research interests lie in radiology management, radiology consultation, plain abdominal radiology, diverticulosis and related disorders, the use of mammography and medical geography. His bibliography includes 113 articles of which he was author or co-author; 42 book chapters, videotapes and CD-ROMs; 48 abstracts; nine book reviews; 38 scientific exhibits; 23 audiotape editorials and a variety of instructional audio and videotapes, as well as film and slide series. He is the sole or lead author of six books, including ​The Plain Film of the Abdomen​ (1990) and its second edition, ​The Plain Film of the Abdomen with Correlative Imaging​ (1999), which together are considered the definitive works on the subject. Dr. Baker has also served on the Editorial Board of ​Emergency Radiology​ and was a guest editor in 1998 and 2000. In addition, he was on the editorial boards of ​Practical Reviews in Radiology​, ​Radiology​, ​RadioGraphics​, ​the ​American Journal of Roentgenology​, and the ​Asian Oceanian Journal of Radiology​. Previously, he was on the editorial boards of ​Social Science and Medicine​, the ​International Dictionary of Biology and Medicine​, ​Investigative Radiology​, ​Medi Trends​, and ​The Innovator​.

In addition to being an active member of ASER, Dr. Baker is a member or former member of more than 15 medical and scientific associations, including the Radiological Society of North America (Re-fresher Course Committee and Scientific Program Committee), the American College of Radiology (chairman of the Accreditation Committee for General Radiology, the New York State Radiological Society, the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments, the Society of Urban Physicians (president, 1990), the Academy of Radiology Research (board member, Commission on Recriutment and Commission on Regulatory Issues), the American Roentgen Ray Society (Scientific Program Committee, 1996) and the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology.

He has been a visiting professor at more than 45 universities and hospitals around the world, including St. Louis University, the University of Virginia, Massachusetts General Hospital, The University of Pennsylvania, Marroquin University in Guatemala City, Universita "La Sapienza" in Rome, Oslo University in Norway, Taipei Medical College in Taiwan, Beijing Medical College in China and Cambridge University in England. Dr. baker also served as president of the Case of the Week, Inc. and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Radiology Outreach Foundation.

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