Dr. Michael Baker

Member of Public Standing

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Dr. Michael Baker is the Rose Family Chair in Palliative Medicine and Complex Care at University Health Network (UHN) and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. His career interests have included cancer research, medical administration, leadership in patient safety, and a consulting practice in hematology and complex medical care.

He was Physician-in-Chief of UHN for 18 years.

Michael’s research has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia and aspects of cancer control, leading to more than 100 publications in this field. He has chaired several national and provincial cancer research committees, and served as President of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Michael is the recipient of several prestigious awards including The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and to membership in the Order of Canada.

In 2018, Dr. Baker received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Haifa in recognition of his distinguished accomplishments and lifelong contribution to Canadian medicine, and his support of the State of Israel.