David W Baker, MD/MPH

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

About this Investigator

Dr. Baker is the Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Northwestern.  His research has covered two broad, overlapping areas.  The first area examines strategies to reduce health care disparities for vulnerable populations, including addressing disparities by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health literacy, language, and insurance coverage.  Dr. Baker co-led the development of the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults, the most widely used measure of health literacy in published research studies, and he has studied the effect of health literacy on health behaviors, medication adherence, health care use, hospitalization, and mortality.  Dr. Baker's recent work has been developing health communication tools and methods to address low health literacy and conducting controlled trials to examine whether these improve outcomes. The second area of Dr. Baker's research focuses on examining strategies to improve quality of care, especially population health strategies using electronic health records and information systems.  At The Joint Commission, he oversees the Department of Health Services Research.

 

Education

1991
MPH in Public Health
University of California-Los Angeles
1985
MD
University of California-Los Angeles
1988
Residency in Internal Medicine
University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles LAC Harbor
1988
Internship in Internal Medicine
University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles LAC Harbor

Lab Members

David Liss, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Jody Ciolino, PhD
Assistant Professor
Tiffany Brown
Research Project Manager
Ji Young Lee
Statistican Analyst & Programmer 2
Dyanna Gregory
Statistican Analyst & Programmer 2
Andrew Cooper
Statistican Analyst & Programmer 2