Mr Baker qualified from Newcastle University and undertook his orthopaedic training in the Northern Deanery at a variety of hospitals across the North East of England. During his training he undertook specialist training in trauma surgery at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2014. He specialises in treating patients with degenerative hip and knee conditions that require hip and knee replacement surgery.
He is part of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) team writing the current national guidelines to support best practice for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. He is also working alongside other clinical experts writing national guidelines for the management of infection after knee replacement and also the management of the failing knee replacement. Mr Baker was awarded the prestigious American-British-Canadian (ABC) fellowship by the British Orthopaedic Association in 2017.
Mr Baker is one of the regions foremost clinical academics and has undertaken a significant amount of research in to the outcomes of patients undergoing hip and knee replacement procedures. He has completed a number of postgraduate qualifications including a Masters degree (2007), a Medical Doctorate (2013) and he was the National Joint Registry (NJR) research fellow between 2011 and 2012. He is the current Director of Research and Innovation for the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the current North East clinical lead for orthopaedic research and was recently appointed as the Royal College of Surgeons speciality lead for orthopaedics. He is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant holder leading a national study researching how to help patients get back to work after hip and knee replacement surgery.