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Laurence Baker

Board Member
Dr. Laurence Baker received his osteopathy degree in 1966 from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines. After completing an oncology fellowship at Wayne State University, in Detroit, Dr. Baker joined the faculty in 1972. In 1986, he became director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, a position he held until 1992. In 1987, Dr. Baker accepted the directorship of the Meyer L. Prentis Comprehensive Cancer Center of Metropolitan Detroit. He joined the University of Michigan in 1994 where he served as associate chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology until April 2005, when he became chairman of the Southwest Oncology Group, the largest clinical trials organization in the United States. Dr. Baker's interests include sarcoma research, clinical trials and new drug development. Most recently, he has turned his attention to survivorship issues of patients treated for cure of a sarcoma. In October 2014 he established the first Sarcoma Survivorship Program located in the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. The clinic addresses long-term care for sarcoma survivors by preventing or diagnosing and treating chronic illnesses associated with sarcoma survivorship.