Dr. Michael Baker

Patients come to Atlantic Plastic Surgery for aesthetic improvement. For plastic surgical procedures, this is accomplished through a safe and positive experience with our anesthesiologist. We are proud to have Dr. Michael Baker as our Director of Anesthesia since 2002.

Dr. Baker is also trained in internal medicine and has been practicing pain management, pre-operative medicine and anesthesia for over 25 years.

Dr. Baker is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesia and has guided our facility yearly through AAAASF certification and most recently Global certification.

Dr. Baker came to us from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he was Director of Ambulatory Anesthesia and Pre-Operative Testing, Clinical Director of the Operating Room, and an anesthesiologist for Anesthesia Associates of Massachusetts from 2000 to 2002. Prior to that, Dr. Baker was both Director of Anesthesia and Director of Pain Management at York Hospital in York, Maine where Dr. Baker resides with his family. Dr. Baker was also a clinical instructor of Anesthesia for Harvard Medical School in 2001 and 2002.

The safety of the individual case before him, at each moment of the day, is Dr. Baker’s first and foremost concern. Dr. Baker is concerned not only with patient safety, but also with the entire perioperative experience of each patient which includes their entire experience before, during and after. Dr. Baker believes that details matter: checking, re-checking, follow-through– so that the patients will have the safest and most comfortable experience possible. ?I like to put myself in the patients experience and imagine how this would feel to me. I would want to have an easy experience and one in which I had full confidence in my safe emergence from the procedure.?, states Dr. Baker.

Dr. Baker maintains yearly professional education through professional organizations. He maintains American Board certifications for both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He recently presented the study.

“Tummy Tuck with Liposuction: No Drains Needed” speaking to the anesthesia experience with this advanced procedure with Drs. Gray and Claytor to the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in New York City, April 11th to 16th, 2013.


Bachelor of Arts: 1978 Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Medical Degree: 1986 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Postdoctoral Training

1991 – 1992 Resident in Anesthesia, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA
1990 – 1991 Resident in Anesthesia, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

1987 – 1989 Resident, Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA
1986 – 1987 Internship, Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA

Soceity for Ambulatory Anesthesia

the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Hospital or Affiliated Institution Appointments

2002 – Present Director of Anesthesia, Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center, Portsmouth, NH
2010 – Present Staff Anesthesia, Mercy Hospital, Portland, ME
2002 – 2010 Director of Anesthesia, Dr. Richard L.Zeff Plastic Surgeon
2001 – 2002 Staff Anesthesiologist, Anesthesia Associates of Massachusetts
2000 – 2001 Director Ambulatory Anesthesia and Pre-Operative Testing
Clinical Director of Operating Room, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
1992 – 2000 Director of Anesthesia, York Hospital, York, ME
1992 – 2000 Director of Pain Management Center, York Hospital, York, ME

Academic Appointment

2000 – 2001 Instructor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Professional Presentations

“Tummy Tuck with Liposuction: No Drains Needed”, with Dr. Lawrence Gray and Dr. Brannon Claytor to the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in New York City,
April 11th to 16th, 2013.

Certification/ Professional Memberships

1990 American Board of Internal Medicine
1995 American Board of Anesthesiology
1996 American Board of Pain Medicine


1986 – Current Massachusetts
1989 – Current Florida
1993 – Current Maine
2000 – Current New Hampshire

Professional Societies

American Society of Anesthesia
Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia
American Society of Pain Medicine