Ray M. Baker, MD


Ray Baker

Dr. Ray Baker is an anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain medicine and non-surgical spine care. He has more than 25 years of clinical experience. He has served on the Veritas Health Medical Advisory Board for 20 years.


Dr. Baker is a fellowship-trained pain medicine and management physician with Washington Interventional Spine Associates. He specializes in spine-related interventions, helping patients with back and neck pain recover their quality of life. He is an assistant clinical professor and director of the Interventional Pain Service at the University of Washington, Department of Anesthesiology.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pain Medicine
  • American Board of Anesthesiology

Spine Medicine Leadership

  • Past President, International Spine Intervention Society
  • Past President, North American Spine Society
  • Founding Chairman, CMS Multi-Society Pain Workgroup
  • Chairman, UnitedHealthcare National Spine Advisory Board
  • Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, American Pain Society
  • Member, American Society of Anesthesiology
  • Member, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • Member, King County Medical Society
  • Member, Washington State Medical Society
  • Member, World Institute of Pain

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Professional Awards and Recognition

  • Top Seattle Doctors (2002-2007)
  • Best Doctors in America (2003-2006)


  • BA – Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • MD – University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Residency – Anesthesiology, University of California Irvine
  • Fellowship – Pain Medicine, University of Washington

About Veritas Health

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Profile last updated: January 21, 2020.