Champ Baker, MD, Georgia-Based, Orthopaedic Surgeon named Mr. Sports Medicine

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Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, was presented with the 2010 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, July 17th.

Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, was presented with the 2010 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, July 17th. This prestigious award is given annually to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the world of sports medicine and includes a $5,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. It is one of the top awards the Society presents each year. Dr. Baker is the 37th recipient of this distinguished award.                                                                                                                                        

Dr. Baker currently is a staff physician at The Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Medical College of Georgia. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Hughston Foundation. Dr. Baker also holds a teaching appointment at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, and at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia.

Dr. Baker is a Louisiana native who received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University where he received the prestigious Jasper Award for academics and athletics. He completed his residency through Letterman Army Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship at The Hughston Clinic before joining the staff in Columbus. He served as president of The Hughston Clinic from 1994 until 2000.

He has served in many different capacities for the AOSSM, including President in 2006. He has also served on the Board of Directors, the Medical Publishing Group Board of Trustees, as faculty on numerous courses and as a participating member of a wide variety of AOSSM committees.

In addition, Dr. Baker has been the team physician for numerous local and regional athletic teams, including the University of Alabama, and he is currently the team physician for Columbus State University. He has also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee as a volunteer physician. He is a past-president of the Board of Trustees of Columbus State University, Georgia Shoulder and Elbow Society, Southern Orthopaedic Association and the Georgia Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Baker’s specialties include sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He has edited or co-edited several medical textbooks on topics ranging from sports medicine to upper extremity injuries. He has written and published numerous scientific articles in orthopaedic journals, such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The topics range from anterior cruciate ligament surgery to rotator cuff problems and lateral epicondylitis. He has chaired or coordinated instructional courses and made numerous scientific presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances and is a past member of the editorial review boards or has been a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy:The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, and Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

Recently. Dr. Baker received the Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist Award from the Southern Orthopaedic Association and the President’s Challenge Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Dr. Baker is married to Sue Anne Owens Baker, and they have three children: Champ III, also an orthopaedic surgeon and married to Karin Baker, MD, Kate, and Sarah. They have one grandson.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, contact Lisa Weisenberger at lisa(at)aossm(dot)org or 847-292-4900.


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