David Baker

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

David W. Baker, MD, MPH is the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.  Much of Dr. Baker’s research has focused on issues related to health care delivery for historically underserved and vulnerable populations, including health literacy, racial and ethnic healthcare disparities, lack of health insurance coverage, and language barriers.  He was one of the Principal Investigators for the Literacy in Health Care Study, the first major study examining the prevalence of functional health literacy.  He was one of the developers of the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults, and he has published extensively on the measurement of health literacy and the consequences of inadequate health literacy.  He has developed a variety of print and multimedia interventions to improve health communication and to improve patient self-management skills and health behaviors, and he has led efforts to use multifaceted interventions to improve preventive services and care for patients with diabetes, heart failure, and other acute and chronic diseases.  Dr. Baker is currently the Principal Investigator and Director for the Center for Advancing Equity in Clinical Preventive Services, a federally-funded Center for Excellence.  He has published over 200 original research articles and book chapters, and he has won numerous awards, including the 2013 American College of Physicians’ Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award.