Born in Boston and raised in New Hampshire, Dr. Christopher, "Chip" Baker trained as a general surgery resident from 1974 to 1981 at the University of California in San Francisco. During 1977 – 1979, pursued an NIH research Fellowship in immunology at San Francisco General Hospital. In 1981, Dr. Baker returned to the East Coast where he became an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine in New haven, CT. He ran the Level I Trauma Center there and advanced to Associate Professor in 1986.
In 1989, Dr. Baker moved to Chapel Hill, NC as Professor of Surgery at UNC School of Medicine. He was awarded the Teacher of the Year (1990 – 1991) in the UNC Department of Surgery and in 1992 gave the Convocation address as the Whitehead Lecturer. In 2001 – 2002, Dr. Baker was awarded the Anthony A. Meyer Mentor Award.
Dr. Baker returned to Boston in 2004 to join the Harvard Medical School faculty as Professor of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was Program Director for the Surgery Residency from 2005 -2007. While at Harvard, Dr. Baker received several awards, including the Harold Bengloff Award for Humanism in Education and the George W.B. Starkey Award for Excellence in Teaching. In December, 2007, Dr. Baker assumed the Chair of Surgery at LSU in New Orleans before coming to Roanoke in November of 2010 to serve as Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery at the Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.