Last Name

William Baker, MD

TitleClinical Associate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentEmergency Medicine
Address771 Albany St
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-6803
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-4915-2553
Other Positions
InstitutionQuincy Medical Center

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Baker is Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety and a senior member of the emergency department’s operations management team. He strives to improve healthcare through systems improvements and to achieve personal excellence in patient care while serving as a clinical educator and researcher. His quality improvement experience includes having participated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's "Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program".

Dr. Baker received his MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1990 and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Northwestern University in 1994. As a new attending at Lincoln Medical Center (Bronx, NY) he demonstrated early interest and expertise in operations management and was appointed Associate Director of the Surgical Section of the ED where he spearheaded a variety of projects towards improving systems of care within the ED (as well as chaired the hospital’s Disaster Committee) and co-authored an early article evaluating an instructional model for emergency ultrasonography.

In 1997, Dr. Baker joined the BU Emergency Medicine group, initially helping kick-start the department’s staffing and administering of an affiliated community ED with a new EM residency rotation. He transitioned full-time to the BMC campus in 2002 where he plays a key role among the department’s leadership in the areas of operations management and quality improvement. His interests, expertise and activities are varied and, in addition to the above, include emergency preparedness, ultrasound, critical care, competency evaluation and EMS. He supports the hospital through a variety of committees and projects. His responsibilities extend beyond the hospital. Dr. Baker has chaired SAEM’s Web Evolution Committee and Co-Chaired SAEM’s Operations as well as Clinical Directors Interest Groups. Locally, he's chaired the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals’ EMS Committee and sits on the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council’s Medical Control Committee.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Quality and patient safety
  • ultrasound in emergency medicine
  • Emergency department operations
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  1. Palermo NE, Modzelewski KL, Farwell AP, Fosbroke J, Shankar KN, Alexanian SM, Baker WE, Simonson DC, McDonnell ME. OPEN ACCESS TO DIABETES CENTER FROM THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT REDUCES HOSPITALIZATIONS IN THE SUSEQUENT YEAR. Endocr Pract. 2016 Oct; 22(10):1161-1169. PMID: 27732094.
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  2. Dahn CM, Manasco AT, Breaud, Kim S, Moin O, Rumas N, Mitchell PM, Nelson KP, Baker WE, Feldman JM. Poster session presented at: Annual Meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine; 2016 May 12; New Orleans, LA. A critical analysis of unplanned transfer to the ICU within 48 hours of admission from the ED as a quality measure. 2016.
  3. Dahn CM, Manasco AT, Breaud AH, Kim S, Rumas N, Moin O, Mitchell PM, Nelson KP, Baker W, Feldman JA. A critical analysis of unplanned ICU transfer within 48 hours from ED admission as a quality measure. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Aug; 34(8):1505-10. PMID: 27241571.
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  4. Sullivan RP, Baker WE, Byrne MW. Young Woman With Syncope. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Apr; 67(4):557, 562. PMID: 27015924.
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  5. Baker WE, Medzon R. Brown D, editor. Scientific American emergency medicine [Internet]. Thoracic Trauma. Decker Intellectual Properties. 2015.
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  6. Baker WE. In Schaider J, Hayden SR, Wolfe R, Barkin RM, Rosen P, editors. Rosen & Barkin’s 5 minute emergency medicine consult. Vertigo. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia. 2015.
  7. Burke LG, Joyce N, Baker WE, Biddinger PD, Dyer KS, Friedman FD, Imperato J, King A, Maciejko TM, Pearlmutter MD, Sayah A, Zane RD, Epstein SK. The effect of an ambulance diversion ban on emergency department length of stay and ambulance turnaround time. Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Mar; 61(3):303-311.e1. PMID: 23352752.
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  8. Rathlev NK, Obendorfer D, White LF, Rebholz C, Magauran B, Baker W, Ulrich A, Fisher L, Olshaker J. Time series analysis of emergency department length of stay per 8-hour shift. West J Emerg Med. 2012 May; 13(2):163-8. PMID: 22900106.
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  9. Husain LF, Hagopian L, Wayman D, Baker WE, Carmody KA. Sonographic diagnosis of pneumothorax. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2012 Jan; 5(1):76-81. PMID: 22416161.
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  10. Baker WE. Evaluation of physician competency and clinical performance in emergency medicine. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2009 Nov; 27(4):615-26, viii. PMID: 19932396.
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  11. Duong D, Baker WE, Adedipe A. Clinician-performed ultrasound diagnosis of ruptured interstitial pregnancy. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Nov; 27(9):1170.e1-2. PMID: 19931781.
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  12. Ramirez-Schrempp D, Dorfman DH, Baker WE, Liteplo AS. Ultrasound soft-tissue applications in the pediatric emergency department: to drain or not to drain? Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Jan; 25(1):44-8. PMID: 19148015.
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  13. Freeman K, Dewitz A, Baker WE. Ultrasound-guided hip arthrocentesis in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2007 Jan; 25(1):80-6. PMID: 17157689.
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  14. Baker WE, Servais EL, Burke PA, Agarwal SK. Blunt carotid injury. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2006 Apr; 8(2):167-73. PMID: 16533491.
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  15. Baker WE, Wassermann J. Unsuspected vascular trauma: blunt arterial injuries. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2004 Nov; 22(4):1081-98. PMID: 15474783.
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  16. Miller RR, Baker WE, Brandeis GH. Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome in a cognitively impaired nursing home resident. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2004 Sep; 17(7):351-2. PMID: 15343084.
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  17. Lanoix R, Baker WE, Mele JM, Dharmarajan L. Evaluation of an instructional model for emergency ultrasonography. Acad Emerg Med. 1998 Jan; 5(1):58-63. PMID: 9444344.
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  18. Baker WE, Bilimoria MM, Victor MG. Motor-scooter handlebar syndrome: blunt traumatic injury of the femoral artery. J Trauma. 1996 Jun; 40(6):1017-20. PMID: 8656456.
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