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Claudia R. Baquet

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

Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Secondary Appointments: Administration
Additional Title(s): Associate Dean for Policy and Planning; Director, Center for Health Disparities
Location: HSF 1
Phone: (410) 706-1742
Fax: (410) 706-6150

Personal History:

• Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, HHS  1992-1994 (Minority Health)
• Former Associate Director for Cancer Control Science & Chief Special Populations Research Branch National Cancer Institute 1984-1992

 As Associate Dean for Policy and Planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Claudia R. Baquet serves as an advocate for better health care, including issues relating to the health needs and models for underserved communities, telemedicine and rural health initiatives. Dr. Baquet also serves as director of the Maryland Area Health Education Center Program, director of the Center for Health Policy/Health Services Research and director of the Center for Health Disparities. In 2003, she became director of the University of Maryland Comprehensive Center for Health Disparities. Dr. Baquet seeks to reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities.
In 2002, Dr. Baquet served as the chair of the Governor’s Commission for the Prevention of Infant Mortality and received the Governor’s Citation for the reduction of the Maryland infant mortality rate. Dr. Baquet is also the 2004 co-recipient of the U.S. Department HHS Best Practice Award for “Increasing Availability of Community-Based Clinical Trials on the Eastern Shore”. Dr. Baquet was formally recognized by the Maryland Senate for her work to reduce cancer disparities and most recently for her longstanding commitment to the community. Dr. Baquet’s recent awards include NIH’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Award for “Closing the Health Gap in the Communities We Serve, the American Public Health Association’s 2005 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health, the National Medical Association’s Council on Concerns for Women Physicians Research Award, and in May of 2006, Dr. Baquet received the “Racial Justice Award” from the YWCA of the Greater Baltimore Area.  
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 Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital.

Research Interests:

Maryland-Area Health Education Centers Program

Rural Health Information Center (RIC)

Cancer Disparities in Maryland

Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program

Special Populations Cancer Research Network


Books/Chapters in Books

Baquet, C.R., Cancer Prevention in Minority Populations: Cultural Implications for Health Care Professionals.  Edited by Marilyn Frank-Stromborg and Sharon J. Olsen, Oncology Nursing Society. 

Baquet, C.R., et al. Descriptive Epidemiology and Survival Experiences, In: National Cancer Institute, Vol. I - Report on Cancer in Minorities.  DCPC, 1984.

Baquet, C.R., et al. Cancer Statistics Review, In National Cancer Institute, Vol. II - Report on Cancer in Minorities.  DCPC, 1984.

Baquet, C.R., et al. Demographic and Health Services Patterns, In: National Cancer Institute, Vol. III Report on Cancer in Minorities.  DCPC, 1984.

Baquet, C.R., Ringen, K., Pollack, E., et al. Cancer Among Blacks and other Minorities: Statistical Profiles.  National Institutes of Health, 86, 1986.

Baquet, C.R., Ringen, K. Cancer Control in Blacks: Epidemiology and NCI Program Plans.  In: Advances in Cancer Control: Health Care Financing and Research.  Alan R. Liss, Inc., 1986.

Baquet, C.R., The Association of Tobacco to Cancer and other Health Conditions in Minority Populations, In: Proceedings from Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, The Impact of Cigarette Smoking on Minority Populations.  Publication No. HHS/PHS/CDC-87-8403, 1987.

Baquet, C.R., Ringen, K. Health Policy: Gaps in Access, Delivery, and Utilization of the Pap Smear in the United States.  Sage Publications, Inc., 23(4), 1988.

Baquet, C.R., Cancer Prevention and Control I the Black Population:  Epidemiology and Aging Implications, In: National Institute on Aging, Proceedings from the National Conference on the Black Aged, The Black American Elderly - Research Physical and Psychological  Health. Springer Publishing, Inc., 1986.

Baquet, C.R., Robinson, R. Cancer Control in Black Populations - Research and Applications Implications. In: Proceedings from Conference on New Horizons in Cancer Chemoprevention and Treatment Focus on Special Population.  Jamaica: Alan R. Liss, Inc., 1986.

Baquet, C.R., et al. Annotated Bibliography of Cancer - Related Literature on Black Populations.  National Institutes of Health, Publication No. 89 - 3024, 1988.

Baquet, C.R., Ringen, K. Health Policy: Gaps in Access, Delivery, and Utilization of the Pap Smear in the United States, In: Willis, D. P. (eds), Health Policies and Black Americans. Transactions Publisher, 1989.

Baquet, C.R., Clayton, L., Robinson, R.  Cancer Prevention and Control.  In: Jones, L.A. (ed), Minorities and Cancer. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1989.

Baquet, C.R., Gibbs T.  Cancer and Black Americans, In: edited by Ronald L. Braithwaite, R.L., Taylor, S.E. (eds), Health Issues in the Black Community. The Jossey-Bass Health Series, 1992.

Baquet, C.R., Contributor to: Foreword for Chapter 4, In: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection in African Americans. Mosby, 1993.

Baquet, C.R., Chapter 37: Cancer and Women, In: The Women's Complete Healthbook. Phillip Lief Publishers, 1995.

Baquet, C.R., Gibbs, T. Health Issues in the Black Community. In: Cancer and Black Americans.  Springer Publishers, 1995.

Baquet, C.R., Hunter, C. Cancer in Minorities, In: Greenwald, P., Kramer, B. (eds), Textbook on Cancer Prevention and Control.  Marcel Dekkar Publishers, 1995.

Baquet, C.R.,  et al. Cancer Disparities. In The Maryland Cancer Comprehensive Cancer Control,  Plan 2004-2008, Chapter 3, pp 62-83, April 2004.

Journal Articles

Baquet, C.R., Hammond, C., Commiskey, P., Brooks, S., Mullins, D. Health Disparities Research: A Model For Conducting Research On Cancer Disparities: Characterization and Reduction.  JAAMP, 13(2): April 2002.

Brooks, S., Mullins, C., Guo, C., Chen, T., Gardener, J., Baquet, C.R., Resource Utilization For Patients Undergoing Hysterectomy With Or Without Lymph Node Dissection For Endometrial Cancer. Gynecol Oncol., 85(2): 242-249. May 2002.

Brooks S, Langenberg P, Ghosh A, Moses G, Baquet C, Khanna N. (2002) Early

detection and screening for ovarian cancer: does physician specialty matter? Journal of the Association for Academic Minority Physicians 13(3):69-75.

Carter-Pokras, O., Baquet, C.R., What Is a "Health Disparity"? Public Health Reports,  117: September-October 2002.

Selaru, F., Yin, J., Olaru, A.,Mori, Y., Xu, Y., Epstein, S., Sato, F., Deacu, E., Wang, S.,  Sterian, A., Fulton, A., Abraham, J., Shibata, D., Baquet, C.R., Stass, S., Meltzer, S.,  An Unsupervised Approach to Identify Molecular Phenotypic Components Influencing Breast Cancer Features. Cancer Research, 64 (1584-1588): March 2004.

Brooks, S.E., Zhan, M., Cote, T., Baquet, C.R., Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results analysis of 2677 cases of uterine sarcoma 1989-1999.  Gynecologic Oncology 93,  (2004) 204-208.

Mullins, C.D., Wang, J., Cooke, J., Blatt, L., Baquet, C.R., Longitudinal verses Cross-Sectional Methodology for Estimating the Economic Burden of Breast Cancer.  Pharmacoeconomics 2004; 22 (5) 285-291.

Baquet, C.R., Carter-Pokras, O., Bengen-Seltzer, B., Healthcare Disparities and Models for Change.  The American Journal of Managed Care, Special Issue; September 2004; 10(1):SP5-SP11

Baquet, C.R., DeShields M. (2004) HHS National Best Practice Award (Peer Reviewed by HHS Office of Public Health and Science Committee), Department of Health and Human Services.

Baquet, C.R., Mack, KM., Bramble, J., DeShields, M., Datcher, D., Savoy, M., Hummel, K., Mishra, S.I., Brooks, S.E., Boykin-Brown, S., Maryland’s Special Population Cancer Network: Cancer Health Disparities Reduction Model.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved; May 2005

Baquet C. “A  Conversation with Lester Breslow”. Epidemiology, May 2005 (16) 3:410-413.

Baquet, C.R., Mack, K.M., Bramble, J., DeShields, M., Datcher, D., Savoy, M., Hummel, K., Mishra, S.I., Brooks, S.E., Boykin-Brown, S. “Maryland’s Special Populations Cancer Network: Cancer Health Disparities Reduction Model” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, May 2005, In press.

Baquet, C.R., Commiskey, P., Mack, K., Meltzer, S., Mishra, S.I. “Esophageal Cancer Epidemiology in Blacks and Whites: Racial and Gender Disparities in Incidence, Mortality, Survival Rates, and Histology.” Journal of the National Medical Association, 2005, Accepted for publication.

Baquet, C.R. et al, “Recruitment and Participation in Clinical Trials: SocioDemographic, Rural/Urban, and Health Care Access Predictors”, Cancer Detection and Prevention, submitted May 2005.

Mullins, C.D., Blatt, L., Gbarayor, C.M., Yang, H.K., Baquet, C.R., “Health Disparities: A Barrier to High-Quality Care”, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists, September 2005 (62).