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Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine names chair of surgery


Christopher "Chip" Baker, M.D.

ROANOKE, Va., August 30, 2010—Dr. Christopher “Chip” Baker has been named Chair of the Department of Surgery for Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

“Chip is a broadly accomplished academician who will help us further our education and research mission,” said Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “His experience with leading the growth and development of many clinical programs is well-suited to help further grow and develop the medical school.”

Baker is an outstanding surgeon with years of clinical and leadership experience in top-ranked health care systems, as well as medical schools. Baker is well known for his physician leadership experiences, including positions at the American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, the Association for Surgical Education, and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Chip is known by many of his colleagues as a compassionate, caring, team-oriented and visionary leader.

“I am pleased to be joining such a distinguished group of educators and researchers,” said Baker. “This is a key time in the development of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and I look forward to working with the leadership team and the rest of the faculty to promote this unique program.”

Prior to joining Carilion Clinic, Baker served as the Isidore Cohn Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  Baker is also an active member of the Spirit of Charity Trauma Team at University Hospital

Baker graduated magna cum laude from Williams College and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical training at the University of California at San Francisco where he won the Resident Research Award.  He spent his early faculty years at Yale.  As Professor of Surgery at UNC School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Baker was named Teacher of the Year at both institutions.  He has also received a national Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education.