As Associate Dean for Policy and Planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Claudia Baquet serves as an advocate for better health care issues, including those relating to the changing role of academic health centers, telemedicine, and rural health initiatives. She also serves as Program Director of the State Area Health Education Center Project, Director of the Center of Health Policy/Health Services Research, Principal Investigator of the Maryland Special Populations Cancer Research Network, and Director of the Maryland Statewide Health Network.
For 9 years, Dr. Baquet served as Associate Director for Cancer Control Science at the National Cancer Institute. In that role, she conducted research on cancer rates in special populations and developed intervention research trials on cancer screening and early detection and tobacco use, prevention, and cessation for minorities and other underserved populations. She actively participates in a number of health-oriented organizations, such as the National Medical Association, American Public Health Association, Association of Academic Health Centers, and the American Society for Preventive Oncology.
Dr. Baquet has authored various published medical articles, reports, and book chapters. Titles include "Cancer in U.S. Women" for the text of the American Medical Women's Association's Cancers Among Blacks and Other Minorities: A Statistical Profile, "The Realities of Cancer in Minority CommunitiesCancer Prevention and Control," and "Socioeconomic Factors and Cancer Incidence Among Blacks and Whites."
Considered a leading national expert on cancer in minority and low-income populations,
Dr. Baquet also serves as an expert on cancer issues unique to women and their families. Her special interests include health reform needs and solutions for medically underserved communities, women's health research and policy, the changing role of academic health centers, cancer in racial/ethnic minorities, and culturally competent/sensitive health care delivery strategies.