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Research interests

Dr. Maria Baker’s research interests involve the study of hereditary cancer syndromes affecting both the adult and pediatric population, as well as the ethical, legal and social implications surrounding cancer predisposition testing.

In 1998, Dr. Baker developed the Penn State Health Cancer Genetics Program. She provides genetic counseling and testing services to individuals who are concerned about a personal and/or family history of cancer and offers various strategies to manage one’s risk for cancer including enhanced surveillance, positive lifestyle changes, chemoprevention, as well as the option of prophylactic surgery. Most recently, in 2016, Dr. Baker received support from the Four Diamonds fund to develop a Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program at Penn State Health.

Dr. Baker helped facilitate the successful passage of licensure of genetic counselors in Pennsylvania in 2011. She is currently working on the federal level, along with her professional colleagues, to secure recognition of genetic counselors by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as health care providers. In 2013, she served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Penn State Hershey Commission for Women, which represents the interests of more than 7,000 women on the Penn State Health campus. She also served as co-chair of the American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) at the College of Medicine from 2016 through 2018 to advance the successful participation and inclusion of women in academic medicine.

Professional information

Fellow, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (FACMG)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, College of Medicine (Hershey)

… → 1991

MS, University of Pittsburgh

… → 1985

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Research Output 2003 2019

  • 651 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 14 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Short survey

Genetic variants implicate dual oxidase-2 in familial and sporadic nonmedullary thyroid cancer

Bann, D. V., Jin, Q., Sheldon, K. E., Houser, K. R., Nguyen, L., Warrick, J. I., Baker, M. J., Broach, J. R., Gerhard, G. S. & Goldenberg, D., Nov 1 2019, In : Cancer Research. 79, 21, p. 5490-5499 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thyroid Neoplasms
Hydrogen Peroxide
1 Citation (Scopus)
Patient Care
Genetic Testing
1 Citation (Scopus)

Have You Ever Googled a Patient or Been Friended by a Patient? Social Media Intersects the Practice of Genetic Counseling

Omaggio, N. M. F., Baker, M. & Conway, L. J., Apr 1 2018, In : Journal of Genetic Counseling. 27, 2, p. 481-492 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Media
Genetic Counseling
Search Engine
Exploratory Behavior
2 Citations (Scopus)

Attitudes toward genetic counseling and testing in patients with inherited endocrinopathies

Gallagher, T. M., Bucciarelli, M., Kavalukas, S. L., Baker, M. J. & Saunders, B. D., Sep 1 2017, In : Endocrine Practice. 23, 9, p. 1039-1044 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genetic Counseling
Genetic Testing
Insurance Carriers
8 Citations (Scopus)
Clonal Evolution
Endometrioid Carcinoma
Endometrial Hyperplasia
Endometrial Neoplasms


Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Lidija Petrovic-Dovat (Recipient), Maria Baker (Recipient) & Ping Du (Recipient), 2015


Patient Satisfaction
Patient Satisfaction