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Joshua F. Baker

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CHERP COIN Investigator

Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania & Philadelphia VA Medical Center


Joshua F. Baker, MD, MSCE, is CHERP Core Investigator, Attending Physician at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Baker serves as Philadelphia Site Investigator for VA HSR&D study: SToRytelling to Improve DiseasE Outcomes in GOut: The STRIDE-GO Study.

You can hear Dr. Baker's video from July 29, 2021 on the Risk of Diabetes Among Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis on the Rheumatology & Arthritis Learning Network using this link:

Dr. Baker's research in rheumatology focuses on body composition, skeletal muscle health, obesity, metabolic health, disease activity assessment, and disease progression among patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. His work is supported largely by VA grants from Clinical Science Research & Development (R&D) and Rehabilitation R&D. Ongoing projects include work to understand the role of adipokines in the assessment of metabolic health and phenotype in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the assessment of skeletal muscle deficits using magnetic resonance spectroscopy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and the evaluation of benefit of incentivized exercise and other interventions to reduce pain and disability in patients with different forms of arthritis.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis