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Claudia R. Baquet, M.D., M.P.H. Claudia R. Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.

University of Maryland School of Medicine
685 West Baltimore Street, HSF 1, Suite 618
Baltimore, MD 21201
phone: (410) 706-1742
fax: (410) 706-6150

Dr. Claudia R. Baquet, Associate Dean for Policy and Planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, serves as an advocate for better health care, including issues relating to health needs and models for underserved communities, telemedicine, and rural health initiatives. Dr. Baquet also serves as Director of the NIH-supported EXPORT Center at the University of Maryland Comprehensive Center for Health Disparities. Throughout her government and academic careers, she has been a champion of issues related to health disparities and the underserved and is considered a leading national expert on cancer in minority and low-income populations.

Dr. Baquet served as the Associate Director for the Cancer Control Science Program and Director of the Special Populations Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute for 8 years and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at the U.S. Public Health Service. In her NCI roles, Dr. Baquet conducted research on cancer rates in special populations and developed intervention research trials on cancer screening and early detection, as well as tobacco use, prevention, cessation, and other interventions related to minorities and underserved whites.

Dr. Baquet has authored many journal articles, reports, and book chapters in various publications, such as Cancer, the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and the American Journal of Managed Care.

Dr. Baquet's honors and achievements are numerous. In FY2002, she was ranked third out of 44 University of Maryland, Baltimore, faculty members for bringing over $8 million in annual funding to the campus. She was Chair of the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control's Subcommittee on Cancer Disparities and developed the first U.S. State Cancer Plan's separate Cancer Disparities chapter, which was completed with the publication of the Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Plan: Our Call to Action 2004-2008. In 2003, Dr. Baquet served as Co-Chair of the National Workgroup to "Enhance the Level and Quality of Health Disparities Research" of the HHS Cancer Progress Review Group Roundtable on Cancer and Health Disparities. In 2004, Dr. Baquet received the Health and Human Services National Best Practice Award in rural cancer clinical trials awarded by the Committee on Science and Policy of HHS, and in 2005, she received the National Institutes of Health Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Special Award for "Closing the Health Gap in Communities We Serve." Dr. Baquet received her M.D. in 1977 from Meharry Medical College, Tennessee, and her M.P.H. in Epidemiology in 1983 from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her residency was in Pathology at St. Louis University and the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital.

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Updated: 07/23/09