Clifford Baker, MD
Clifford Baker, MD, is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and fellowship-trained in interventional spine and pain management. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of painful disorders of the spine and any painful condition that limits one's ability to perform their daily activities. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, including minimally-invasive techniques, neurostimulation, physical therapy, psychotherapy and medications, Dr. Baker is able to wholly treat painful disorders.
Dr. Baker completed an ACGME-accredited pain management fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. Prior to his fellowship training, he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal conditions, rehabilitation, and diagnosing neuromuscular disorders with electromyography. Dr. Baker's work earned him designation as Chief Resident in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at LLUMC. He served on several committees at Loma Linda University Medical Center, to evaluate and improve the residency program for future residents.
Dr. Baker completed an internship at LLUMC, where he was honored with the "Internal Medicine Resident of the Year" award for his compassionate care and work ethic. He received his Medical Degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, preceded by a Bachelor's of Science degree in Microbiology. He has also done extensive research and was the recipient of a NASA Space Grant to study the effects of microgravity on the immune system.
Dr. Baker is actively engaged in the community, having served at the Commitment to Underserved People Program (CUP), providing health care services to underserved communities. He devoted his time, expertise, and support to patients and their families suffering from Alzheimer's disease at the Alzheimer's Association of Tucson. Dr. Baker is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM & R), American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), and International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS).
In his free time, Dr. Baker enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, composing songs, playing the piano, and golfing.
Research & Experience
Areas of Specialty
Interventional Spine & Pain Management
Interventional Pain Management Fellowship
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda, AZ
Lime Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda, CA
Doctor of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Bachelors of Science, Microbiology
University of Arizona
Honors & Awards
Chief Resident, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2008
Internal Medicine Resident of the Year Award
Loma Linda University Medical Center, 2006
Clara & Oliver Springer Scholarship, 2003 & 2004
Recipient of NASA Undergraduate Research Space Grant, 1998
Arizona Sports Medicine Society Lecture Program, Spinal Cord Stimulators- Evidence and Indications, Rio Vista Recreation Center, February 2012.
The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Neck & Back Pain, Banner Olive Branch Senior Center, August 2011.
The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. What About My Degenerating Discs and Joints, Olive Branch Senior Center, November 2010.
The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. Chronic Back Pain Symptoms & Treatment, La Siena Senior Living, November 2010.
NASA Undergraduate Space Grant National Conference, Analyzing the Effects of Microgravity on the Development of the Immune System, 1999.