Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
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August 3, 2005


Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., who recently completed a three-year term as chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, has been named chairman of the JHM Board of Visitors. This external committee, composed of 40 friends of Hopkins Medicine, serves as an advisory council to the Dean/CEO and focuses its efforts on defining ways to enhance future development.

Baker, 63, has been a long and steadfast supporter of Hopkins. A graduate of the University and its School of Medicine, h e served as vice chairman of The Johns Hopkins University board. As co-chair of the six-year Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign, which ended in 2000, he was instrumental in helping to raise $1.5 billion for the institutions.

With his wife, Frances Watt Baker, M.D., also a University and School of Medicine graduate, he funded The Frances Watt Baker, M.D. and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Deanship of the School of Medicine. The endowment provides the Dean/CEO with discretionary funds to support special projects.

A cardiac surgeon, Baker is president of Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Ltd., a cardiothoracic surgery group in Norfolk, and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He serves on numerous corporate boards, including WellPoint, a health benefits company, and was a long-term board member of Trigon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia. Trigon was Virginias largest managed care provider before it merged with Anthem and then Wellpoint.

As chairman of the Board of Visitors, Baker succeeds C. Michael Armstrong, who became chairman of the JHM Board of Trustees on July 1.


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