Philip Baker (obstetrician)

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Philip Newton Baker DM, FRCOG, FMedSci, is a British obstetrician, currently head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester. He gained academic degrees from the universities of Nottingham, Cambridge, and Pittsburgh and then held top academic positions at the University of Nottingham and the University of Manchester.[1] Baker has over 450 scientific publications primarily in the field of pre-eclampsia and other obstetric topics.[2]

He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.[1]

Among his numerous textbooks is Obstetrics and Gynaecology: An evidence-based text for MRCOG, published by Taylor & Francis.[3]

In October 2000, Professor Philip Baker was condemned as negligent by a judge for “substandard and inappropriate” care of Dianne Bacon, whose baby was stillborn when she was eight months pregnant. Mrs Bacon won damages for the death of her baby after her request for a caesarean section was refused; an independent report from an obstetrics expert supported the hospital's management of Mrs Bacon and concluded that "the death of the baby was an unforeseeable tragedy."[4]

He later went on to become the dean of medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta. He resigned in 2011 after students reported him for delivering a plagiarized speech a convocation banquet[5]. The speech was reportedly lifted from an American doctor, Atul Gawande, who originally wrote and delivered the speech for the Stanford medical graduation in 2010[6][7].

Subsequently, Baker moved to New Zealand, taking a leading role at the National Centre of Growth and Development (Gravida) in Auckland.[1]


  1. ^ a b c “University announces new Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology”, University of Leicester, 8 June 2015
  2. ^ "Scopus preview - Scopus - Author details (Baker, Philip Newton)". Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  3. ^ Taylor & Francis. "Obstetrics and Gynaecology: An evidence-based text for MRCOG (2E)".
  4. ^ "Baby died after doctor ignored mother's pleas,' ' Daily Telegraph 19th October 2000' '
  5. ^ "U of Alberta dean stole speech: Med students". CBC News.
  6. ^ “U of A dean who copied part of speech resigns”, Toronto Star, 17 June 2011
  7. ^ “Alberta medical dean accused of plagiarism resigns”, CBC News, 17 June 2011

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