Dr. Dennis H. Baker, specialist in Internal Medicine,
has been providing care to patients in Santa Barbara since 1987.
Dr. Baker earned his B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1977 and an M.S. in Physiology from Georgetown University in 1979. He graduated from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, with his M.D. degree in 1982 and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center in 1985. Dr. Baker is board certified in Internal Medicine and is certified in the subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He holds an academic appointment of Clinical Assistant Professor at the USC School of Medicine as a member of the Clinical Faculty of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. His professional interests include Preventive Medicine, and Palliative Care.
Prior to moving to Santa Barbara Dr. Baker served in the National Health Service Corps. He provided medical services to the uninsured and homeless in Venice, California. In more recent years he has committed time to caring for persons infected with HIV at the Public Health Clinic in Santa Barbara. He is committed to improving the care of patients at the end of life and utilizes these skills in his own practice as well as with the volunteer Hospice agencies in the community. He serves as one of the Medical Directors of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Cottage Hospital. He is also a Medical Director for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.
Dr. Baker is active in a number of professional medical organizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Baker is a longtime member and a Past President of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society. He has been a delegate to the California Medical Association. Additionally, his committee memberships at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital have included the Medical Advisory Panel, the Bioethics Committee, and the Medical Staff Informatics Committee.
Dr. Baker and his wife, Stephanie, are devoted to their two daughters and their chocolate lab. When not caring for his patients, some of his favorite activities include swimming, hiking, and music. He lives in the Upper East area of Santa Barbara.
Specialties and Education
Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine:
– Areas of Special Interest
Preventive Health Care
Palliative and End-of-Life Care
BA – University of California, Santa Barbara
MS – Georgetown University
MD – Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine
Residency – Internal Medicine – LAC + USC Medical Center
Licensure and Board Certification:
California State License in good standing
Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified, ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Academic and Administrative Appointments:
Clinical Assistant Professor, USC School of Medicine
Fellow, American College of Physicians