Army Surgeon Brings Expertise to Winchester Hospital

06/20/12

Dr. Baker Joins Winchester Hospital

Joining the military was always something Christopher Baker, MD had planned on doing. After the terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001, the Michigan native enlisted in the U.S. Army.

While in the army, Dr. Baker performed orthopedic surgery at Walter Reed Medical Center and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. He was awarded the Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal for his service as chief of the department of surgery at his forward operating base while deployed in Iraq in 2009.

“I had an opportunity to serve and it was an honor to do so,” Dr. Baker said.

Joining the Winchester Hospital medical staff in the fall of 2011, Dr. Baker now uses the skills he learned in the army to help community residents.

Dr. Baker, who specializes in foot and ankle surgery, is trained to perform ankle replacement surgery.

This surgery can give local patients back the mobility they may have lost due to advanced arthritis. According to Dr. Baker, ankle replacement surgery would be a better option for some patients rather than fusion, which fuses the bones together.

“It just gives people more choices,” said Dr. Baker from his Stoneham-based practice. “Having ankle replacement surgery offers greater opportunities for the patient to return to their normal activities.”

Even though Dr. Baker is now serving the community, his connection to the army remains strong. He still serves in the reserves and was recently the keynote speaker at the Run for the Troops Dinner, which helps build homes to accommodate the unique injuries of soldiers. Addressing the sold out crowd, Dr. Baker recognized the sacrifices soldiers make to serve their country and spoke of how the needs of injured soldiers are met through organizations like Homes for Our Troops.

Anytime I can help out veterans, I’m more than happy to do so,” Dr. Baker said. “I love seeing them and I love helping them out any way I can.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.