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Mesa Leventhal Baker, M.D. Dr. Mesa Baker received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1984, and obtained her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1988.Dr. Baker completed her Internship and Residency training in Pediatrics in 1991 with the U.S. Army at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX.Dr. Baker served as Assistant Chief and then Chief of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Clinic of the Tripler Army Medical Center until 1995. During her tour in Hawaii, the military sent Dr. Baker for specialized training in forensic, pediatric, culposcopy exams at the San Diego Children's Hospital in November of 1991.Thereafter she served as the military child abuse examiner for Hawaii and the Southeast Pacific, going as far away as Japan to render expert testimony.She then worked as a general pediatrician and child sexual abuse examiner for Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1995-1997. When her husband finished his military obligation in urology, they relocated back to Baltimore, MD. After working in private pediatrics and forensic pediatrics part-time for a year, Dr. Baker became the Medical Director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center in 1998. Dr. Baker has been board certified in pediatrics since 1991 and a Fellow of the AAP since 1994.She has held Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatric posts with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda and the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu.She is currently an Associate Professor in Pediatrics with the University of Maryland and a Special Consultant in Child Abuse to Sinai Hospital. Her child abuse caseload averaged one case a week for her 6 years in the military.For the past 6 years at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Dr. Baker has seen 600-700 children per year, to reach a total of well over 3000 forensic sexual abuse exams.
Medical Director - Dr. Mesa Baker â€“ Baltimore Child Abuse Center
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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.
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