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Dr. Todd Baker received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR) in 1998 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR) in 2001. He then re-located to Ft. Hood, TX to begin a three-year Emergency Medicine Residency. Graduating in 2004, Dr. Baker then was stationed at Ft. Polk, LA, where he became the Regimental Surgeon for the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Quickly transitioning up to Ft. Lewis, WA four months later, he helped guide the medical footprint of the four-thousand soldier unit into one of the Army's new Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. In June of 2006, Dr. Baker joined the medical staff of Madigan Army Medical Center, where he served as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine for the University of Washington.
In September, 2007, he traveled to Ft. Campbell, KY to join the 86th Combat Support Hospital, or CSH, for its fifteen month tour in Iraq. Dr. Baker served as the Chief of Emergency Medicine, Ibn Sina Hosptial, "Baghdad ER," for the entire fifteen-month tour of the 86th CSH. He also served as the Theater Consultant to the Surgeon General for Emergency Medicine for the last ten months of his tour. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service in Iraq
During Dr. Baker's seven plus years serving in the Army, he was published in multiple medical journals, to include Annals of Emergency Medicine and EM Clinics of North America. While in Iraq, he was interviewed by the German periodical, Der Spiegel, was focused in an amazing photograph taken by AP Photographer Maya Alleruzzo that was published in newspapers nationwide, and focused in an article in the University of Arkansas Medicine Alumni Magazine. He was selected as the Department of Emergency Medicine's "Teacher of the Year" for 2007 by the residents training at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Dr. Baker's academic interests focus on emergency ultrasound techniques and trauma resuscitation, and he was instrumental in updating the medical ultrasound systems used in all combat support hospitals throughout Iraq. Dr. Baker has taught hundreds of physicians from all specialty backgrounds emergency trauma ultrasound techniques, including speaking at both regional and national conferences nationwide. Separating from the military in March, 2009, he has continued educating others by teaching multiple ultrasound courses across American, to both military and civilian medical providers alike.
Since his separation from the military, Dr. Baker has re-located to Branson, MO, where he is currently serving as Co-Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Skaggs Regional Medical Center. He continues to travel and teach trauma ultrasound techniques and trauma resuscitation courses nationwide.
Dr. Baker has been featured in several publications including ACEP News, EM News, Internal Medicine News, and Branson Tri-Lakes Weekly, as well as local radio and television programs. He will be filming a national television program on one of his experiences from "Baghdad ER" in September of 2011.