President of Surgeon and Medical Staff Dr David Baker Gets Promotion
JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman Health System has appointed a new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in David Baker, DO. Dr. Baker is currently Chairman of the Medical Staff at Freeman, is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, and specializes in General and Bariatric Surgery.
“Dr. David Baker’s broad understanding of healthcare and his great ability to develop relationships with colleagues are attributes that will stand us in good stead as he takes on the role of Medical Director at Freeman,” said Paula F . Baker, President and CEO of Freeman. “An exceptional and sympathetic physician and surgeon, Dr. Baker also has an innate capacity for leadership. This is a critical time as we continue to face the pandemic and the challenges who are associated with it, and we’re excited about everything Dr. Baker brings to the table. ”
Dr Baker joined Freeman as a surgeon in 2009 and works with Freeman General and Vascular Surgical Group. A native of the area, he was born in Freeman, graduated from Galena High School and received his undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, interned at Freeman, then residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and fellowship at the University. from Arkansas to Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“I want to be an accessible leader who builds trust and facilitates strong collaboration between clinical and non-clinical departments,” said Dr. Baker, “so that we can all advance the Freeman mission to our maximum potential. “
Freeman’s CMO oversees and directs the medical care provided by Freeman and also provides leadership for Freeman’s medical staff and governance of the medical staff. The Chief Medical Officer ensures that Freeman has a high performing medical staff with committed and loyal physicians. As a member of the leadership team, the Marketing Director is responsible for providing the necessary healthcare information to enable informed decision making.
Dr Baker holds the CMO position previously held by Dr Dennis Estep, who will assume the central role of medical director at Freeman OccuMed, which coordinates healthcare for businesses and industries in the region. Dr Estep has over 25 years of experience working with business leaders and will continue to lead in an area offering growth opportunities.
“A proven leader with unwavering determination, Dr Dennis Estep has played a pivotal role in guiding us through this pandemic and helping us protect the communities we serve,” said Baker. “He never wavered as he led our medical staff through extraordinarily difficult times, and we truly appreciate all he has accomplished. I am delighted that Freeman continues to benefit from Dr Estep’s expertise and determination as he returns to his role as head of Freeman OccuMed, the occupational health program he helped establish at Freeman ago. has many years. I really enjoy working alongside Dr Estep and look forward to our future successes.
Dr Baker will assume the role of Chief Marketing Officer on October 1, 2021.