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. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
His career interests have included cancer research, medical administration, leadership in patient safety, and a consulting practice in hematology and complex medical care. He has been active in philanthropy both as a donor and as a champion for major donations to medical research and education.
In 1985 he established the Dr. Ralph Halbert visiting scholars program in hematology research between Hebrew University and University of Toronto. In 2006 he led the creation of a joint leukemia research program between Weizmann Institute and University Health Network.
Dr Baker’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 for three years. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
He was the Physician-in-Chief of University Health Network for a period of 18 years, and was the inaugural holder of the Charles H. Hollenberg Chair in Medicine. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and is a member of the Quality Committee of the Boards of Directors of UHN and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Dr Baker 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. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Haifa at the 2018 Mount Carmel Dinner in Toronto.