Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Maria Baker, PhD, MS, LGC

Maria Baker, PhD, MS, LGC

Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology and Oncology
Disease Teams:
Survivorship
mjm23@psu.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Maria Baker’s research interests involve the study of hereditary cancer syndromes affecting both the adult and pediatric population, as well as the ethical, legal and social implications surrounding cancer predisposition testing.

In 1998, Dr. Baker developed the Penn State Health Cancer Genetics Program. She provides genetic counseling and testing services to individuals who are concerned about a personal and/or family history of cancer and offers various strategies to manage one’s risk for cancer including enhanced surveillance, positive lifestyle changes, chemoprevention, as well as the option of prophylactic surgery. Most recently, in 2016, Dr. Baker received support from the Four Diamonds fund to develop a Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program at Penn State Health.

Dr. Baker helped facilitate the successful passage of licensure of genetic counselors in Pennsylvania in 2011. She is currently working on the federal level, along with her professional colleagues, to secure recognition of genetic counselors by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as health care providers. In 2013, she served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Penn State Hershey Commission for Women, which represents the interests of more than 7,000 women on the Penn State Health campus. She also served as co-chair of the American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) at the College of Medicine from 2016 through 2018 to advance the successful participation and inclusion of women in academic medicine.

  • Neoplasms
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Testing
  • Counselors
  • Mutation
  • Genes
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Counseling
  • Patient Care
  • Guidelines
  • Software
  • Multiple Hamartoma Syndrome

Recent Publications

2022

Wadman, E, Conway, L, Garbarini, J & Baker, M 2022, 'Moral distress in genetic counseling: A study of North American genetic counselors', Journal of Genetic Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1002/jgc4.1551

2021

Gvozdjan, K, Casey, H, Mowery, C, Kumer, L, Fisher, C, Tyler, J, Bayerl, MG, Malysz, J, Naik, S, Rybka, W, Ehmann, C, Claxton, D, Mineishi, S, Baker, M, Hong, Z & Shike, H 2021, 'Unexpected Short-Tandem-Repeat Patterns in Post-Transplant Chimerism Testing: Investigation of 3 Cases with Help from Forensic Science', Laboratory Medicine, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 635-641. https://doi.org/10.1093/LABMED/LMAA022

2019

Farmer, MB, Bonadies, DC, Mahon, SM, Baker, MJ, Ghate, SM, Munro, C, Nagaraj, CB, Besser, AG, Bui, K, Csuy, CM, Kirkpatrick, B, McCarty, AJ, McQuaid, SW, Sebastian, J, Sternen, DL, Walsh, LK & Matloff, ET 2019, 'Errors in Genetic Testing: The Fourth Case Series', Cancer Journal (United States), vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 231-236. https://doi.org/10.1097/PPO.0000000000000391
Bann, DV, Jin, Q, Sheldon, KE, Houser, KR, Nguyen, L, Warrick, JI, Baker, MJ, Broach, JR, Gerhard, GS & Goldenberg, D 2019, 'Genetic variants implicate dual oxidase-2 in familial and sporadic nonmedullary thyroid cancer', Cancer Research, vol. 79, no. 21, pp. 5490-5499. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-19-0721

2018

Yee, NS, Lengerich, EJ, Schmitz, KH, Maranki, JL, Gusani, NJ, Tchelebi, L, Mackley, HB, Krok, KL, Baker, MJ, de Boer, C & Yee, JD 2018, 'Frontiers in gastrointestinal oncology: Advances in multi-disciplinary patient care', Biomedicines, vol. 6, no. 2, 64. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines6020064
Omaggio, NMF, Baker, M & Conway, LJ 2018, 'Have You Ever Googled a Patient or Been Friended by a Patient? Social Media Intersects the Practice of Genetic Counseling', Journal of Genetic Counseling, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 481-492. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10897-017-0206-4

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