Born in Shenandoah, Va, in 1905, Dr Joel Baker graduated from medical school at the University of Virginia in 1928 and was recruited by Virginia Mason (VM) Hospital and Clinic founder Dr James Tate Mason, Sr, to Seattle, Wash, for his internship at VM. Dr Baker continued under a surgical preceptorship with Dr Mason and stayed at VM as a member of the medical staff for 42 years, he served as chair of the Department of Surgery for 34 years, and he was chair of the clinic for 19 years (1945-1964).
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