Maria J. Baker, Ph.D., M.S.Associate Professor in Medicine
Penn State Hershey Cancer Genetics Program
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Tel: (800) 243-1455 / (717) 531-1631 Fax: (717) 531-0647
Patient Services Provided
Cancer Genetic Counseling
Dr. Maria J. Baker received her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in 1985 and her Doctoral degree in Genetics from the Penn State University College of Medicine in 1991. She is a diplomat of both the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Genetic Counseling with dual certification as a Master’s trained genetic counselor and a Ph.D. medical geneticist.
Dr. Baker developed and coordinates the Penn State Hershey Cancer Genetics Program. She provides genetic counseling services to individuals who are concerned about a personal and/or family history of cancer. Clinical, as well as research-based, genetic testing is offered when appropriate based on the personal and/or family history of cancer. In addition, various cancer risk management strategies are discussed, including enhanced surveillance, positive lifestyle changes, chemoprevention, as well as the option of prophylactic surgery, to manage one’s personal risk for cancer. Dr. Baker also provides lectures to medical students, graduate students, and various physician and nurse professionals, as well as numerous organizations within the community.
Ph.D., Penn State University - State College (1991)
Impact of cancer genetic counseling and testing on individuals and their families.
Hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes.
Mukherjee A, McGarrity T, Staveley-O'Carroll, Ruggiero F, Baker MJ
Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer: Moving Beyond Non-Directiveness in Genetic Counseling.
Community Oncology, 6(1):41-45, 2009. McGarrity TJ, Baker MJW, Ruggiero FM, Thiboutot DM, Hampel H, Zhou XP, Eng C
GI Polyposis and Glycogenic Acanthosis of the Esophagus Associated With PTEN Mutation Positive Cowden Syndrome in the Absence of Cutaneous Manifestations.
American Journal of Gastroenterology, 98 (6):1429-1434, 2003. Green MJ, Peterson SK, Wagner Baker M, Friedman LC, Harper GR, Rubinstein WS, Mauger D
Effect of a Computer-Based Decision Aid on Knowledge, Perceptions and Intentions about Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Susceptibility: A Randomized Trial.
Journal of the American Medical Association, 292(4):442-452, 2004. Schreibman IR, Baker M, Amos C, McGarrity TJ
The Hamartomatous Polyposis Syndromes: A Clinical and Molecular Review.
American Journal of Gastroenterology, 100:476-490, 2005. Green MJ, Peterson SK, Wagner Baker M, Friedman LC, Harper GR, Rubinstein WS, Peters JA, Mauger DT
Use of an Educational Computer Program Before Genetic Counseling for Breast Cancer Susceptibility: Effects on Duration and Content on Counseling Sessions.
Genetics in Medicine, 7(4):221-229, 2005. Show all publications »
Honors and Awards
Press-Gainey patient satisfaction scores in 99th percentile nationally (2007-2008)