Ray Baker, M.D, FCFP, FASAM, is a physician, certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia since 1976. For twelve years he practiced occupational medicine and family medicine in Logan Lake, a small BC mining community. He is the recipient of the CSAM Lifetime Achievement Award.
As Assistant Professor, Dr. Baker designed and instituted the first comprehensive Addiction Medicine Curriculum at UBC’s Medical School. From 1993 to 1997 he represented Canada on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, North America’s credentialling body in this specialized area of medicine.
Dr. Baker served as principal author for the British Columbia standards of practice in Addiction Medicine, adopted as policy by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.
Ray has served as principal investigator on a major research project for the World Health Organization and in several stage 2 to stage 4 clinical trials investigating experimental treatments for smoking cessation, cocaine dependence, obesity and chronic back pain.
Dr. Baker has assessed or treated several thousand people with chronic pain, addictions and other invisible disabilities over the past 10 years. He has testified in provincial and Supreme court, arbitration and disciplinary hearings as an expert witness in areas of Addiction Medicine (medical, neurobiological, pharmacological, psychological and social effects of mood altering substances), chronic pain and the other invisible disabilities on numerous occasions.