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Claudia Baquet to Receive 2015 Dean's Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion

February 04, 2015

Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH
Longtime healthcare equities advocate Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH, who recently retired after 20 years as professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Dean’s Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion.  Dr. Baquet, who for many years directed the school’s Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research, will receive the award at the 8th Annual Celebrating Diversity Dinner on February 21, 2015.  The event, to take place at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, will also feature The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine and The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore, as speakers. 
 
Dr. Baquet, who was formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and associate director of Cancer Control Science at the National Cancer Institute, is being honored for her relentless work in bringing down barriers to participation in clinical trials and biomedical research among socioeconomically underserved populations and for bringing national attention to the field of study now known as health disparities. 
 
“Dr. Baquet’s tireless work for the poor and underserved has led to significant changes in our health care system, both regionally and nationally, said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine.  “She has been a valued member of the School of Medicine community for many years, and is most deserving of this honor.”
 
Dr. Baquet is a renowned expert on socio-economic barriers to research participation and the resulting disparities in disease prevalence and outcomes. Her research has informed national policy, race and ethnic-specific interventions. Her work has been instrumental in removing the mystery and stigma associated with clinical research and in building trust and confidence in the medical research community among minorities and the underserved. Dr. Baquet’s grant portfolio exceeds $78 million, from federal, state and foundation sources. 
 
“I am delighted and very honored to receive this tremendous award,” said Dr. Baquet, who retired from the School of Medicine on February 1. Her future plans include exploring her interest in global health. 
 
Dr. Baquet has chaired the Diverse Underserved Population Constituency Group of the National Rural Health Association; served on the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) National Advisory Committee on Cancer in Minorities and currently co-chairs the ACS Disparities Reduction Initiatives; served on the board of the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research; and was the chair for the National Managed Health Care Congress’ inaugural forum on “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities In Health Care: What Actions Now?” as well as a number of other local, state, national and global health advocacy initiatives. She was elected in 2014 to the American Association for Cancer Research “Minorities in Cancer Research Council.” Dr. Baquet is a recognized national and state leader in health policy 
 
A widely published investigator, Dr. Baquet’s contribution to the scientific literature includes numerous books and book chapters, as well as peer-reviewed articles in such prestigious publications as The Journal of Clinical Oncology; Cancer Research, the most-cited cancer journal in the world; and the international Journal of Gynecologic Oncology. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Health Care for the Poor and Underserved and as an epidemiology reviewer for Cancer, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
 
Dr. Baquet’s other honors and awards include the Department of Health and Human Services peer-reviewed National Best Practice Award; the Researcher of the Year Award from the Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians of the National Medical Association; and the David P. Rall National Policy Award, presented by the American Public Health Association. She was the 2012 recipient of the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2nd Annual Distinguished Lecture on Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and was honored just last month by the American Health Association’s Maryland Chapter with the 2014 Watkins-Saunders Award, which recognizes individuals whose work exemplifies excellence in endeavoring to diminish healthcare disparities in Maryland. In 2014, she was honored by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) with the “Scientist of the Year Award”. And also in 2014, she was honored by the Maryland Rural Health Association’s with an “Outstanding Rural Achievement Award.” She has also been recognized with awards from leaders in the Maryland General Assembly for her leadership on health policy and disparities. Throughout her career, she has been committed to the mentoring and training of diverse students, faculty and staff in careers in health disparities research, community outreach and development of sustained community partnerships to improve health.
 
Dr. Baquet will be presented with her Dean’s Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s 8th Annual Celebrating Diversity Reception and Dinner on Saturday, February 21 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, 110 South Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD. Tickets for this event are still available and can be purchased by contacting Becky Herman, Assistant Director of Special Events at 410-706-5057 or rherman@som.umaryland.edu.
 
About the University of Maryland School of Medicine
The University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world. http://medschool.umaryland.edu/

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