- Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
Brian Baker joined the faculty of the Mercy College Physician Assistant Program in January 2011, where he serves as the Associate Director and teaches courses well suited to his background in medicine and the law. In addition to his PA Program responsibilities, Dr. Baker has been a member of various committees and task forces including the Mercy College Institutional Review Board and the School of Health and Natural Sciences Health Professional Lab Safety Committee.
While a member of the PA Program faculty, Dr. Baker has engaged in various community service opportunities through participation in the PA Program’s Mobile Health Vehicle Initiative and international medical missions undertaken by PA Program faculty and students. Participation in these activities has enabled him to help underserved communities both locally and globally by bringing them much needed medical services. These experiences have been rewarding and educational but, more importantly, have allowed him to give something back to the global community and become part of a larger cooperative spirit.
Prior to joining Mercy College, Dr. Baker was General Counsel for a company that managed ambulance departments for hospitals in the tri-state area. Previously, he served as the Deputy General Counsel for an 1,100-bed healthcare system on Long Island, where he was counsel to senior management, physicians, and other staff members, and managed the day-to-day operations of the Office of Legal Affairs. Dr. Baker was also Privacy Officer, helping to implement and provide ongoing monitoring of the health system’s HIPAA compliance program.
Dr. Baker received a B.A. in Biology from Lehigh University. He subsequently received his M.D. degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Juris Doctor degree from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.
J.D. (Cum Laude) – Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
M.D. – American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
B.A. Biology – Lehigh University