Title: Pharmacist, Educator
Company: Washington State University
Location: Chewelah, Washington, United States
Danial E. Baker, PharmD, FASHP, FASCP, Pharmacist and Educator at Washington State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacology.
While Dr. Baker did not go to college to become a pharmacist, during his time at Washington State University, he changed his major to study pharmacy. Because a doctorate of pharmacy was not available everywhere, he went to the University of Minnesota. There, he was asked to help teach a pharmacology course at a local technical vocation school, which introduced him to the field of education. After that experience, he applied for a faculty position at the University of Oklahoma. He taught there for three years, going on to relocate to Washington State University. Dr. Baker earned a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from Washington State University in 1978. He then received a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 1980. Upon completion of his degree, he became a licensed pharmacist in the state of Washington.
Dr. Baker’s work has influenced the lives of millions of people in the United States, particularly in their professions. Drug safety has been a cornerstone of his career. In the Pharmacopeia, they are influencing not only the quality of care but also the quality and safety of the medications treating the populations. Throughout his 40-year career, he has helped train new healthcare professionals and new pharmacists in the proper methods to care for each patient with whom they work. He additionally keeps in touch with his students, whether it be through conversations or letters. Earlier in life, Dr. Baker began his career with the St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute in 1980. He remained there for a year before joining the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor. After a three-year stint with the university, Dr. Baker moved on to Washington State University, where he remains to this day as the J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Professor in Pharmacy. He is also currently the director of continuing education and the director of the Drug Information Center. Previously, he has held positions such as assistant professor, associate professor, director of clinical pharmacy programs, interim chairman of the Pharmacy Department, associate dean of clinical programs, and associate dean of external, professional, and continuing education.
Looking toward the future, Dr. Baker wishes to continue to work with students in the pharmaceutical doctorate program. He is also very active with Pharmacopoeia in assisting with their initiative. Further, he handles winter and summer activities with the National Ski Patrol. He has been an outdoor emergency care administrator and a senior patrol professional for the Inland Empire Region of the National Ski Patrol since 1998. Dr. Baker also founded the 49 Degree North Ski Patrol Division, where has been the president and an emergency medical technician since 1994. As a testament to his success, Dr. Baker has received myriad awards, including but not limited to, the Pharmacist Achievement Award from Merck Sharp and Dohme in 1993, the title of Outstanding Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor by Inland Empire Region of the National Ski Patrol from 1999 to 2000, and the title of Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor by Pacific Northwest Division of the National Ski Patrol from 1999 to 2000, as well as 2010 until 2011. Dr. Baker is also listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.
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