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Robert A Baldor MD

TitleChair and Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan – Baystate Regional Campus
DepartmentFamily Medicine at UMass Chan - Baystate
AddressBaystate Health Regional Campus
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield MA 01199
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    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

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    University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, United StatesBSMedical Technology
    University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, United StatesMD

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    Dr. Baldor is the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Major responsiblities include oversight of the Department's Undergraduate and Graduate Educational Programs. He also serves as the Director of Community Based Education for the medical school and the Director of Health Policy. Dr. Baldor is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and he completed his family practice internship and residency at Hahnemann Family Health Center in Worcester. Following three years with the Indian Health Service of New Mexico, he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Baldor has served as President of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians. He has published and lectured on a wide variety of family medicine and an eduational topics. He authored the textbook Managed Care Made Simple, a co-editor for the 5 Minute Clinical Consult, a widely utilized primer on the basics of managed care, healthcare costs, and the evolving U.S, healthcare system.  He recently completed editing the 5th Edition of the Bratton's Family Medicine Board Review.  Dr. Baldor's special medical interests include skin diseases, managed care, evidenced based medicine and care of persons with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, advancing quality primary care education from the medical student to the practicing physicianis of particular interest. His personal interests include grape physiology and fermentation.


    University of Vermont College of Medicine,1983
    Doctor of Medicine
    Family Practice Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical School-Hahnemann Family Health Center, 1986

    Harvard University, 1979
    Post-baccalaureate extension courses

    University of Vermont, 1977
    B.S. Medical Technology 

    Current Positions

    Sr. Vice Chairman, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    Director, Community-Based Education, UMMS Office of Medical Education
    UMMS Educational Policy Committee (Chair)


    Office of Medical Education:
    Director of Community Based Education (3/9 - Present)
    Director of Longitudinal Preceptor Program (6/08 - Present)
    Meyers Primary Care Institute:

    Director of Health Policy Education (3/97 - Present)
    Director of Managed Care Education for the Meyers Primary Care Institute
    See also:

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation & Research:
    Medical Director (3/03 - Present)

    Scholarly Activity

    2008 - Present Oral Health Interclerkship (Course Coordinator)
    2005 - Present People with Disabilities Interclerkship (Annual Keynote address)
    2000 - Present Cross-Cultural Medicine Interclerkship (Small Group Leader)
    1999 - Present Third Year Domestic Violence Interclerkship (Small Group Leader)
    1997 - Present Nutritional Medical Course Lecture Series (Use of Supplements)
    1996 - Present Third Year Health Policy Interclerkship (Course Director)
    1992 - Present Community Medicine Clerkship (Caring for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (MR)
    1990 - Present Third Year Core FP Clerkship Evidenced-based Medicine Workshop and Preceptor
    1990 - Present UMMS Advisor Program

    2010-2015  PI, Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine, (HRSA)
    2010-2011 Advisory Group Member, Health Surveillance of Adults w/ Intellectual Disabilities, (CDC)
    2007-2010 PI, Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine, (HRSA)
    2007-2010 PI, Residency Training in General & Pediatric Dentistry, (HRSA)

    Domino F (Editor), Baldor RA (Associate Editor), Golding J, Erhlich A (Associate Editors). The 5-Minute Clinical Consult, 2005- Present. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
    Baldor RA (Editor), Domino F, Ehrlich A (Associate Editors). Epocrates Lab Manual. 2000- Present www.online.epocrates.com
    RA, Common Skin Cancers, in Taylor’s Manual of Family Medicine, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2008.
    Fournier PO, Savageau JA and Baldor RA. A Shift in Referral Patterns for HIV/AIDS Patients. Journal of Family Practice 2008:57(2);E1-9.
    Baldor RA,Care of the Adult with Intellectual Disability (MR). In UpToDate. Rose, BD (Ed) UpToDate, Wellesley, MA 2007.
    Baldor RA, Recognizing the Signs of Antidepressant-Induced Mania or Hypomania. Advances in Primary Care Medicine Clinical Update 2007, Issue 2, 15-18.


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    1. Suridjan I, van der Flier WM, Monsch AU, Burnie N, Baldor R, Sabbagh M, Vilaseca J, Cai D, Carboni M, Lah JJ. Blood-based biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease: Future directions for implementation. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2023 Oct-Dec; 15(4):e12508. PMID: 38058357.
    2. Baldor RA, Pecci CC, Moreno G, Van Duyne V, Potts SE. A National CERA Study of the Use of Laborists in Family Medicine Residency Training. Fam Med. 2017 Feb; 49(2):114-121. PMID: 28218936.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Baldor R, Savageau JA, Shokar N, Potts S, Gravel J, Eisenstock K, Ledwith J. Hospitalist involvement in family medicine residency training: A CERA study. Fam Med. 2014 Feb; 46(2):88-93. PMID: 24573514.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Silk H, O'Grady Stille S, Baldor R, Joseph E. Implementation of STFM's "Smiles for Life" oral health curriculum in a medical school interclerkship. Fam Med. 2009 Jul-Aug; 41(7):487-91. PMID: 19582633.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Fournier PO, Savageau JA, Baldor RA. A shift in referral patterns for HIV/AIDS patients. J Fam Pract. 2008 Feb; 57(2):E1-9. PMID: 18248723.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Baldor R, Ennis M, Lasser D, Wertheimer R. The use of M&M Rounds in departments of FM. Fam Med. 2004 May; 36(5):310. PMID: 15129371.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Baldor RA, Field TS, Gurwitz JH. Using the "Question of Scruples" game to teach managed care ethics to students. Acad Med. 2001 May; 76(5):510-1. PMID: 11346546.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Baldor RA, Weiss BD. Family medicine training grants as a method of faculty development: are we doing it right? Fam Med. 1999 Mar; 31(3):205-6. PMID: 10086258.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Domino FJ, Baldor RA. Decrease hassles and costs by integrating your plans' formularies. Fam Pract Manag. 1998 Nov-Dec; 5(10):27-30. PMID: 10344926.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Field TS, Baldor RA, Casey LM, Chuman A, Lasser D, Ehrlich A, Gurwitz JH. Introducing managed care to the medical school curriculum: effect on student attitudes. Am J Manag Care. 1998 Jul; 4(7):1015-21. PMID: 10181991.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Baldor RA, Broadhurst J. Documenting resident procedure and diagnostic experience: simplifying the process. Fam Med. 1997 Oct; 29(9):629-33. PMID: 9354869.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Baldor RA. Alternative pathways to promotion needed. Fam Med. 1997 Mar; 29(3):158-9. PMID: 9085092.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Fournier PO, Baldor RA, Warfield ME, Frazier B. Patients with HIV/AIDS: physicians' knowledge, attitudes, and referral practices. J Fam Pract. 1997 Jan; 44(1):85-9. PMID: 9010375.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Baldor RA, Quirk ME, Dohan D. Magnetic resonance imaging use by primary care physicians. J Fam Pract. 1993 Mar; 36(3):281-5. PMID: 8454974.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Baldor RA, Luckmann R. A survey of formal training in the care of children in family practice residency programs. Fam Med. 1992 Aug; 24(6):426-30. PMID: 1397811.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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