Robert B Baker

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Description of Bioethics Expertise

Research Interests:
History of medical ethics and bioethics and international bioethics


Robert Baker, PhD. is Director of the Union Graduate College-Mount Sinai School of Medicine Bioethics Program and William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy at Union College (Schenectady, NY), where he directs the college’s Rapaport Everyday Ethics Across the Curriculum initiative. Baker earned his BA with Honors in History from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and was a post-doctoral fellow at Albany Medical College. He is also an on-going visiting fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. A four-time National Endowment for the Humanities awardee, Baker is founding chair of the Affinity Group on the History of Medical Ethics of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited numerous books, scholarly articles and reports including the award-winning American Medical Ethics Revolution (Johns Hopkins 1999), The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and a 2008 report on African American physicians and organized medicine, published in JAMA, that prompted the board of the American Medical Association to apologize publicly for its past treatment of African American physicians. Baker was founding co-project director, and is a currently on the faculty of, an on-going project funded by the Fogarty Center of the National Institutes of Health that supports the use of E-Education methods to train administrators, bioethicists, and researchers in Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union about international standards of research ethics.


Educational History:
* 1959 BA with Honors in History, City College of New York
* 1967 Ph.D., University of Minnesota: Moore's Realism and Non-Natural Properties
* 1974 Council of Philosophical Studies Institute on Medicine and Morals, Haverford College
* 1977-78 Fellow, Department of Preventive and Community Medicine, Albany Medical College
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