Meet the Editorial Board & Journal Staff

David Baker

David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP is Editor-in-Chief for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. He previously served as Deputy Editor for Medical Care and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Cardiac Failure and Congestive Heart Failure. Dr. Baker is also the Executive Vice President for Health Care Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. A member of the senior management team, he heads the Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, which is responsible for developing standards, survey methods, national patient safety goals, and performance measures across all of The Joint Commission’s accreditation and certification programs.

Before assuming his current position, Dr. Baker was Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University from 2002-2015, and Deputy Director of Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine. Dr. Baker is internationally known for his research into health literacy and the consequences of inadequate health literacy. In addition, he has conducted important studies examining racial and ethnic disparities, the impact of language barriers on health care, and differences in health outcomes for the uninsured. Dr. Baker has also conducted extensive research in quality of care, including the use of electronic health records for quality measurement, quality improvement, and population health management. He has published over 250 original research articles and book chapters and has won numerous awards, including the 2013 American College of Physicians’ Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award for his research.