Richard S. Baker, M.D.

Work Titles
CTSI Co-Leader, Pilot and Collaborative Translational Clinical Studies Program Member, Institutional Steering Committee Member, Internal Advisory Board
Charles Drew University Director, Division of Urban Epidemiology and Informatics Director, Medical Student Research Dean, College of Medicine and Science Vice President for Research, Assistant Dean of Research, Charles Drew University Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
UCLA Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
M.D., Harvard/M.I.T Program, Cambridge MA, 1984 - 1984
M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1977 - 1984
B.S., Stanford University, 1973 - 1977
Academic Experience:
1987 - 1989 University of Minnesota, Epidemiology
1984 - 1987 Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School, Opthalmic Epidemiology

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(323) 563-5911

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(323) 563-4889


Mailing Address:

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Detailed Biography:

Dr. Baker's primary research interest is in the field of ophthalmic epidemiology. Current projects include statistical analysis of national and statewide databases to produce definitive population-based estimates of the distribution and the determinants of major ophthalmic entities, including severe ocular injury, endophthalmitis, corneal transplantation surgery, enucleation surgery, and complications of cataract surgery. In addition, Dr. Baker was initiator of an ongoing collaborative effort with the epidemiology group of Charles R. Drew University. The purpose of this project is to provide population-based comparative assessment of functional vision, daily activity, and quality of life among the nonHispanic White, African American, Hispanic, and Asian-Pacific Island elderly populations of Los Angeles County.

Current clinical research interests include the application of imaging technology for assessment of the ophthalmic manifestations of HIV infection, substance abuse, and hypertension.


A selected list of publications:

George Sheba, Hamilton Alison, Baker Richard S   How Do Low-Income Urban African Americans and Latinos Feel about Telemedicine? A Diffusion of Innovation Analysis International journal of telemedicine and applications, 2012; 2012: 715194.
Calderón José Luis, Bazargan Mohsen, Sangasubana Nisaratana, Hays Ron D, Hardigan Patrick, Baker Richard S   A comparison of two educational methods on immigrant Latinas breast cancer knowledge and screening behaviors Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2010; 21(3 Suppl): 76-90.
Bazargan Mohsen, Ani Chizobam, Bazargan-Hejazi Shahrzad, Baker Richard S, Bastani Roshan   Colorectal cancer screening among underserved minority population: discrepancy between physicians' recommended, scheduled, and completed tests Patient education and counseling, 2009; 76(2): 240-7.
Ani Chizobam, Bazargan Mohsen, Hindman David, Bell Douglas, Rodriguez Michael, Baker Richard S   Comorbid chronic illness and the diagnosis and treatment of depression in safety net primary care settings Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM, 2009; 22(2): 123-35.
Norris Keith C, Baker Richard S, Taylor Robert, Montgomery-Rice Valerie, Higginbotham Eve J, Riley Wayne J, Maupin John, Drew-Ivie Sylvia, Reede Joan Y, Gibbons Gary   Historically black medical schools: addressing the minority health professional pipeline and the public mission of care for vulnerable populations Journal of the National Medical Association, 2009; 101(9): 864-72.
Fleming Erik S, Perkins James, Easa David, Conde José G, Baker Richard S, Southerland William M, Dottin Robert, Benabe Julio E, Ofili Elizabeth O, Bond Vincent C, McClure Shelia A, Sayre Michael H, Beanan Maureen J, Norris Keith C   Addressing health disparities through multi-institutional, multidisciplinary collaboratories Ethnicity & disease, 2008; 18(2 Suppl 2): S2-161-7.
Bazargan Mohsen, Ani Chizobam O, Hindman David W, Bazargan-Hejazi Shahrzad, Baker Richard S, Bell Douglas, Rodriquez Michael   Correlates of complementary and alternative medicine utilization in depressed, underserved african american and Hispanic patients in primary care settings Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 2008; 14(5): 537-44.
Ani Chizobam, Bazargan Mohsen, Bazargan-Hejazi Shahrzad, Andersen Ronald M, Hindman David W, Baker Richard S   Correlates of self-diagnosis of chronic medical and mental health conditions in under-served African American and Latino populations Ethnicity & disease, 2008; 18(2 Suppl 2): S2-105-11.
Fleming Erik S, Perkins James, Easa David, Conde Jose G, Baker Richard S, Southerland William M, Dottin Robert, Benabe Julio E, Ofili Elizabeth O, Bond Vincent C, McClure Shelia A, Sayre Michael H, Beanan Maureen J, Norris Keith C   The role of translational research in addressing health disparities: a conceptual framework Ethnicity & disease, 2008; 18(2 Suppl 2): S2-155-60.
Heslin Kevin C, Robinson Paul Langham, Baker Richard S, Gelberg Lillian   Community characteristics and violence against homeless women in Los Angeles County Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2007; 18(1): 203-18.
Wei Jack C, Valentino Daniel J, Bell Douglas S, Baker Richard S   A Web-based telemedicine system for diabetic retinopathy screening using digital fundus photography Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 2006; 12(1): 50-7.
Calderón José L, Baker Richard S, Fabrega Horacio, Conde José G, Hays Ron D, Fleming Erik, Norris Keith   An ethno-medical perspective on research participation: a qualitative pilot study MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine, 2006; 8(2): 23.
Baker Richard S, Bazargan Mohsen, Calderón José L, Hays Ron D   Psychometric performance of the National Eye Institute visual function questionnaire in Latinos and non-Latinos Ophthalmology, 2006; 113(8): 1363-71.
Heslin Kevin C, Casey Richard, Shaheen Magda A, Cardenas Fernando, Baker Richard S   Racial and ethnic differences in unmet need for vision care among children with special health care needs Archives of ophthalmology, 2006; 124(6): 895-902.
Bazargan Mohsen, Bazargan-Hejazi Shahrzad, Baker Richard S   Who is playing doctor? -- The gap between self-perceived versus professionally diagnosed chronic conditions among the underserved minority Preventive medicine, 2006; 41(5-6): 883-6.
Bazargan Mohsen, Calderón José L, Heslin Kevin C, Mentes Christina, Shaheen Magda A, Ahdout Jennifer, Baker Richard S   A profile of chronic mental and physical conditions among African-American and Latino children in urban public housing Ethnicity & disease, 2005; 15(4 Suppl 5): S5-3-9.
Baker Richard S, Bazargan Mohsen, Bazargan-Hejazi Shahrzad, Calderón José L   Access to vision care in an urban low-income multiethnic population Ophthalmic epidemiology, 2005; 12(1): 1-12.
Bazargan Mohsen, Norris Keith, Bazargan-Hejazi Shahrzad, Akhanjee Lutful, Calderon José L, Safvati Shahriar D, Baker Richard S   Alternative healthcare use in the under-served population Ethnicity & disease, 2005; 15(4): 531-9.
Calderón Jose L, Shaheen Magda, Pan Deyu, Teklehaimenot Senait, Robinson Paul L, Baker Richard S   Multi-cultural surveillance for ectopic pregnancy: California 1991-2000 Ethnicity & disease, 2005; 15(4 Suppl 5): S5-20-4.
Ogunyemi Dotun, Bazargan Mohsen, Norris Keith, Jones-Quaidoo Sean, Wolf Kenneth, Edelstein Ronald, Baker Richard S, Calmes Daphne   The development of a mandatory medical thesis in an urban medical school Teaching and learning in medicine, 2005; 17(4): 363-9.
Bazargan Mohsen, Bazargan-Hejazi Shahrzad, Baker Richard S   Treatment of self-reported depression among Hispanics and African Americans Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2005; 16(2): 328-44.
Bazargan Mohsen, Bazargan Shahrzad H, Farooq Muhammad, Baker Richard S   Correlates of cervical cancer screening among underserved Hispanic and African-American women Preventive medicine, 2004; 39(3): 465-73.
Baker Richard S   Diabetic retinopathy in African Americans: vision impairment, prevalence, incidence, and risk factors International ophthalmology clinics, 2003; 43(4): 105-22.
Kingston Ann E, Griffey Kelly, Johnson Michael P, Chamberlain Mary-Jo, Kelly Gerald, Tomlinson Rosemarie, Wright Rebecca A, Johnson Bryan G, Schoepp Darryle D, Harris John R, Clark Barry P, Baker Richard S, Tizzano Joseph T   Inhibition of group I metabotropic glutamate receptor responses in vivo in rats by a new generation of carboxyphenylglycine-like amino acid antagonists Neuroscience letters, 2002; 330(2): 127-30.

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