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Dr. Mesa Leventhal Baker

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Background Information

Employment History

Baltimore Jewish Times

Child Abuse Pediatrician

Para Los Ninos, University of New Mexico

Medical Director

Baltimore Child Abuse Center



Member of Advisory Board
The Awareness Center Inc



Medical Degree

Medical College of Pennsylvania

undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree

Pennsylvania State University

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Medical Director - Dr. Mesa Baker – Baltimore Child Abuse Center [cached]

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Medical Director - Dr. Mesa Baker
Feature article on Dr. Mesa Baker, Baltimore Jewish Times 6/08/2007
Doctor Treats The Molested
Dr. Mesa Leventhal Baker lives a frum life, deeply committed to her faith, her family and her synagogue.
When one is next to this UpperParkHeights resident, you feel her positive energy. You find yourself with a quicker step and at times a long-lost smile on your face.
Dr. Baker stays "up."
She wouldn't call it a survival method, but it probably is in a way. Because as medical director of the BaltimoreChildAbuseCenter, Dr. Baker has probably seen more "downers" in one day than any one of us could humanly handle.
She is a forensic pediatrician. Dr. Baker sees hundreds of cases of molestation yearly in her practice. And yes, some of them come from homes you and I would call "in our neighborhood."
"You have to be a really upbeat person to do this sort of work," she said while eating lunch on a warm spring Sunday afternoon.
Mesa is from Baltimore, born at St.AgnesHospital.
Dr. Baker said that child sex offenders operate on a spectrum of behavior. They go from married individuals who prefer a partner of the opposite sex to dedicated pedophiles who are often clever and insightful. They know, she said, "their target audience.
"For many, it's an addiction like other variations, I believe," Dr. Baker said.
She said also that she believes the Orthodox community to be about "20 years" behind everyone else in the validation and care of victims. Some of her patients, she said, are so in the dark about what's happened to them, that they don't even know the proper names for their own genitalia. They, instead, refer to these areas, she said, as "down there. As in, "He touched me down there.
Dr. Baker emphasized over and over again that child abuse is a crime that must be reported to the authorities. Allegations of child sexual abuse deserve the most experienced professional assessment you can get. It should also be done in a way that does not traumatize a child or put words in his/her mouth. That is why the BaltimoreChildAbuseCenter was developed as a child-friendly, supportive, neutral location to conduct a non-leading interview by an experienced forensic interviewer. To keep children and their families from having to repeat things over and over, a multi-disciplinary team approach is used.
The team is comprised of the forensic interviewer (a licensed clinical social worker or a psychologist), the detective from the Child Abuse Unit, the Child Protective Services worker and Dr. Baker.
Dr. Baker performs a close-up examination of a victim's skin, using a special camera, looking for changes or scarring.

The BCAC Team – Baltimore Child Abuse Center [cached]

Mesa Leventhal Baker, M.D., Medical Director

The BCAC Team – Baltimore Child Abuse Center [cached]

Mesa Leventhal Baker, M.D., Medical Director

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On the forefront of this effort is Dr. Mesa Leventhal-Baker, the medical director of the BCAC and a forensic pediatrician who sees hundreds of cases of molestation every year in her practice with the Center.

In the "survivor community," said ... [cached]

In the "survivor community," said Dr. Mesa Leventhal-Baker, medical director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, "they feel left out, at a loss how to finish some of these cases or to move on.When they finally come forward, they have no legal form to do so." It wasn't until the 1980s that the issue of child sex abuse came to attention, spurred by a number of highly publicized cases across the country."Maryland was behind the curve but we are now seeing some improvement in the state," she said.

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