Laurence H. Baker, DO
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, Departments of Internal
Medicine and Pharmacology, Division of Hematology/Oncology
University of Michigan Medical School
Laurence H. Baker, DO, is professor of Internal Medicine and
Pharmacology, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, Division of
Hematology/Oncology, University of Michigan Medical School.
Dr Baker has 30 years’ experience in the treatment of sarcoma
and design of clinical trials for new sarcoma therapies. In July, 2003, he was
elected by his peers as Chair-Elect of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), the
largest cancer clinical trials organization in the world. SWOG’s membership
lists nearly 4000 of the nation’s leading physicians and scientists at 283
institutions in the United States and Canada. He became chair at the Spring
Meeting in Denver, Colorado, in April 2006. Dr Baker is a scientific consultant
to the National Cancer Institute and several universities, a member of many
prestigious organizations, and a nationally recognized expert in sarcoma
treatment. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed literature and has
authored or co-authored 50 books and/or book chapters, and is regularly invited
to speak as a guest lecturer.
In 1987, Dr Baker became the director of the Meyer L. Prentis
Comprehensive Cancer Center of Metropolitan Detroit where he remained until his
recruitment to the University of Michigan in 1994. He served as the Deputy
Director and Director for Clinical Research at the University of Michigan until
Dr Baker received his medical degree from the University of
Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines, in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1966.
After receiving his degree, he did a medical residency at Detroit Osteopathic
Hospital which was followed by an oncology fellowship at Wayne State
University. Dr Baker joined the faculty of the Department of Oncology at Wayne
State University upon completion of his fellowship in 1972.