Cherokee Nation physician awarded American College of Physicians Mastership

November 20, 2017

Cherokee Nation physician and recipient of American College of Physicians Mastership Dr. James H. Baker.Cherokee Nation physician and recipient of American College of Physicians Mastership Dr. James H. Baker.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation physician Dr. James H. Baker was recently awarded a Mastership through the American College of Physicians for his contributions to the medical field.

According to ACP, "Election to Mastership recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career accomplishments and achievements, including the practice of internal medicine, academic contributions to our specialty, and service to the College.”

During review of candidates for a Mastership, the ACP’s Awards Committee considers several qualities, including strength of character, perseverance, leadership, compassion and devotion. Clinical expertise and commitment to advancing the art and science of medicine are also taken into account by the committee.

“I am so honored to receive this award from my peers and colleagues at the American College of Physicians,” said Baker. “I thank our Oklahoma ACP Chapter of 1,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students for nominating me.”

Baker, of Muskogee, is a general physician with more than 30 years of experience. He serves as medical director for Cherokee Nation Three Rivers Health Center and the tribe’s Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center.

Baker completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma in 1982 and completed his internal medicine residency at Kansas University in 1987.

The Mastership is the third award Baker has received from the ACP, including the Meritorious Service Award in 2014 and the Laureate Award in 2015. He is a former governor of the Oklahoma chapter of ACP and a current member.

“Dr. Baker is a great asset to our team of providers and is certainly to be commended for the example that he sets not only as a Cherokee Nation physician, but as a provider of internal medicine,” said Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

The ACP will honor 2017-18 Master recipients at the organization’s annual convention in April 2018 in New Orleans.

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