Military Bios

Rear Admiral Michael S. Baker:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Medical Corps Commander, Naval Medical Forces Korea
Rear Admiral Michael Baker is a native of Pasadena, Calif. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, Hershey. Rear Adm. Baker completed his residency training in General Surgery from 1975-79 as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, and completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1981. He was awarded Board Certification by the American Board of Surgery in 1980, re-certified in 1990 and in 2000, and has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1985.
Rear Adm. Baker was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the Naval Reserve in 1980. He served as Officer in Charge of Shock Trauma Platoon A, 4th FSSG in 1981-82. He was the Staff Medical Officer for Special Boat Unit 11 from 1982-86, where he earned the “Officer in Charge Combatant Craft, Riverine” insignia. He then served with 4th MAW MED MAG 42. As Staff Medical Officer for NR Naval Forces Central Command from 1986-1990, he worked on medical intelligence and war plans for Persian Gulf contingencies. He attended the medical management of diving at Panama City Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, and deployed to the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq tanker war, where he studied and published on warm water diving in the United Nations Diving Manual.
Rear Adm. Baker served with the 1st Medical Battalion during Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990-91, and was recalled to the area as Force Surgeon (acting) for Naval Forces Central Command during Operation Southern Watch in 1993. In 1996, Rear Adm. Baker became the first Naval Reserve officer to head the Medical Civic Assistance Program (MEDCAP) Team for Operation Cobra Gold in Thailand. In 1997 he was part of the first naval unit to visit Cambodia in 22 years as a medical officer on the MEDCAP Team deployed by Naval Special Warfare Group One during Operation Flash Canoe.
Rear Adm. Baker was the Director of Surgical Services for NR Fleet Hospital 21 in Dallas, Tex., from 1994-97, and Executive Officer of NR Fleet Hospital 9 in Everett, Wash., from October 1997 to September 1998. He was Commanding Officer of NR Fleet Hospital Fort Dix, N.J., from October 1998 to September 2000. He was then assigned as Staff Medical Officer for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb.
Rear Adm. Baker is currently assigned as the Commander, Naval Medical Forces Korea, Navy Medicine’s only Force Command.
Rear Adm. Baker has authored over 50 articles on surgery and military medicine and made presentations at numerous national and international conferences. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and consults and teaches for the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at PACOM in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) for the Joint Medical Readiness Training Team at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.
Rear Adm. Baker’s awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Fleet Marine Force Ribbon. He also wears the OIC Combat Craft (Riverine) warfare insignia.
Rear Adm Baker was awarded the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Wellcome Award and Medal for his work in military medicine in 1994. He received the Barry Goldwater Service Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in March 2004 and the Order of Military Medical Merit from the US Army Medical Department in October 2004.
Rear Adm. Baker is in private practice as a general, vascular, and trauma surgeon. He is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General and Vascular Surgery at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Updated: 2 February 2005


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