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Danial Baker

Danial Baker
Regents Professor, Pharmacotherapy Director of the Drug Information Center 509-358-7660 HSB 210P Spokane


Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Pharmacy, Washington State University


Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (FASCP)
Fellow of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (FASHP)

About Me

Danial E. Baker, PharmD, FASCP, FASHP received his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, Washington, and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Baker has been the director of WSU’s Drug Information Center since 1983 and is a Distinguished Regents Professor at WSU. He is also an adjunct professor for Gulf Medical University’s College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Baker is an assistant editor for Hospital Pharmacy. He is an editorial board member for Facts & Comparisons, The Formulary Monograph Service, and Hospital Pharmacy. Dr. Baker is the advisory board for Accredo Therapeutics’ Specialty Drug Advisory Board. He was a member of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Committee of Experts on Healthcare Quality and Safety, the Medicare Model Guidelines committee, and the USP Drug Classification (USP DC) Expert Panel from 2015 to 2020. He is currently on the USP Healthcare Safety and Quality Expert Committee (Vice-Chair) and Chair of the USP DC subcommittee for 2020-2025. He is also a peer reviewer for the various pharmacy and medical journals and professional associations.

He has served on the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee for Medco Health Solutions, LLC for 17 years, Washington State’s Drug Review Advisory Committee for three years, Washington State’s Drug Utilization and Education Council for 4 years, IHC Health Plans for 2 years, and Whatcom Medical Bureau’s Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee for three years. He has been a member of advisory boards or panels for various pharmaceutical manufacturers including Searle Pharmaceuticals, Upjohn, Astra, Syntex, Wyeth, Novartis, and Pharmacia.

He has published over 2700 papers in various pharmacy and medical journals, drug information systems, and textbooks. His professional focus has been drug information, managed care, evidence-based medicine, and outdoor emergency medical care.

Dr. Baker received numerous awards and honors including the Smith, Kline & French Laboratories Award for Superior Achievement in Clinical Pharmacy, WSPA Pharmacist of the Year, WSU Faculty Excellence Award, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, United States Pharmacopeia’s Thomas S. Foster Award, and numerous awards and recognitions from the National Ski Patrol. In 2021, he became the first pharmacy faculty member to be promoted to the rank of Regents Professor at WSU. He is a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

In my spare time I like to…

I enjoy Skiing, hiking, cycling, and photography and in my spare time I am part of the Ski Patrol at 49 Degrees North and Bike Patrol at Route of the Hiawatha.

My Favorite Quote

Carpe Diem, because tomorrow may not arrive!

Selected Publications

Monthly contributor to Hospital Pharmacy.

Monthly contributor to The Formulary Monograph Service (Wolters Kluwer) – five new drugs each month.

Thomas D, Zachariah S, Baker DE, Cooper S, Sreedharan J, Khalifa S. Impact of educational intervention in evidence-based drug information in interprofessional practice at a tertiary-level care hospital, J Interprofessional Educ Pract. 2022; online 13 January, 2022:100496.

Craft BM, Baker DE, Levien TL. Opicapone: New once-daily COMT inhibitor for the treatment of wearing off in Parkinson’s disease. Sr Care Pharm. 2022;37:55-61. doi:10.4140/TCP.n.2022.55.

Samad F, Burton SJ, Kwan D, Porter N, Smetzer J, Cohen MR, Tuttle J, Baker D, Doherty DE. Strategies to Reduce Errors Associated with 2-Component Vaccines. Pharm Med. 2020; Published November 5, DOI: 10.1007/s40290-020-00362-9.

Thomas D, de Souza IC, Woods D, Herman RA, Baker DE. Drug information training for pharmacists. In: Clinical Pharmacy Education Practice and Research: Clinical Pharmacy, Drug Information, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacoeconomics and Clinical Research. Philadelphia, PA; Elsevier, 2019.

Malone PM, Malesker MA, Kar I, Baker DE, Jagadesh SK. Pharmacy and therapeutics committee. In: Malone P, Malone M, Park S (eds). Drug Information: A Guide for Pharmacists. 7th Ed. New York, NY; McGraw Hill Education. 2021.

Malone PM, Malesker MA, Kar I, Baker DE, Jagadesh SK. Drug evaluation monographs. In: Malone P, Malone M, Park S (eds). Drug Information: A Guide for Pharmacists. 7th Ed. New York, NY; McGraw Hill Education. 2021.