Dr Michelle L. Baker



Michelle is an Australian trained ophthalmologist committed to providing high quality, patient-focused and evidence-based care.

Michelle was educated at the University of Melbourne Medical School and undertook her early resident years as a junior doctor in the prestigious Royal Melbourne Hospital. She then entered the Royal Australian College of Surgeons training scheme and rotated through the neurosurgery, cardiothoracic, plastics, maxillofacial and urology departments. Michelle acquired skills and knowledge important for managing any health condition.

Prior changing to ophthalmology, Michelle worked as an unaccredited ophthalmology registrar in the ophthalmology department at Flinders Medical Centre. She then entered the Victorian ophthalmology training scheme at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. Her ophthalmology training gave her an in depth understanding of diseases affecting the eye including glaucoma, cataract, diabetes, macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion. Michelle also received comprehensive procedural training and became proficient in surgeries for such conditions as glaucoma, cataract and pterygium, and also with laser for glaucoma and retinal conditions. Following the completion of her ophthalmology training Michelle undertook a further 2 ½ years of glaucoma fellowship training.  First at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and then in the United Kingdom at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital followed by the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. This advanced glaucoma training equipped Michelle with further skills and subspecialty interests in novel surgical techniques to manage advanced glaucoma (trabeculectomy surgery, Baerveldt and Paul tube implantation, Micropulse/Cyclodiode Laser and Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery techniques, such as PreserFlo microshunt and XEN implants) and complex cataract surgery.

Michelle is a clinician scientist with an interest in public health and clinical research. Concurrent with her ophthalmology training, Michelle completed a PhD in 2010 on Retinal Signs in Cerebrovascular Disease at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne. She has published over 18 peer-reviewed publications, with over 10 as first author.

Michelle also has a special interest in blindness prevention specific to indigenous eye health and developing world ophthalmology. Michelle volunteered with the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey to establish the state of Indigenous eye health in the Pilbara region of North Western Australia. Michelle has also worked closely with ophthalmologists in the Solomon Islands when she was the Principal Investigator of the Solomon Islands National Ocular Trauma Audit (SINOTA) which formed the research project for her Master of Public Health. SINOTA and the subsequent publications have formed the basis for blindness prevention programs in the Western Pacific.



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2010: Retinal Signs and Cerebrovascular Disease, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MB BS 2003, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Assoc. Science 1998, Capilano College, British Columbia, Canada


Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology
Member, Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society
Member, United Kingdom and Eire Glaucoma Society


Fu, Lanxing, Baker ML, Carley F, Au L. Subconjunctival Ab Externo Gel Stent Implantation for Refractory Glaucoma After High-Risk Penetrating Keratoplasty Cereus. 2020;12(6): e8873 (accepted for publication June 27, 2020)

Ciu P, Atik A, Baker, M, Liu L, Kwon, HJ, Liu, QQ, Kong G, Fan Gaskin J. A Comparison of Surgical Outcomes of Tube Shunt Surgery, bleb needle revision and revision trabeculectomy following failed trabeculectomy in a tertiary glaucoma unit. Poster abstract #54. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2018 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ceo.13405

Baker ML, Painter G, Hewitt AW, Islam A, Szetu J, Qalo M, Keeffe. Profile of Ocular Trauma in the Solomon Islands. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2014. July;42(5): 440-446.

Liew G, Baker ML, Wong TY, Hand P, Wang JJ, De Silva D, Lindley R, Mitchell P, Wong MC, Rochtchina E, Wardlaw JM, Hankey GJ, on behalf of the Multicentre Stroke Study Collaborative Group. Differing Associations of White Matter Lesions and Lacunar Infarction with Retinal Microvascular Signs. International Journal of Stroke. 2012. Sep 18: 1747-4949.

Wang JJ, Baker ML (joint first author), Hand P, Liew G, Hankey GJ, Lindley RI, Rochtchina E, Wong TY, Mitchell P. Transient Ischemic Attack and Acute Ischemic Stroke. 2011; 42: 404-408.

Baker ML, Wang JJ, Liew G, De Silva D, Lindley R, Mitchell P, Hand P, Lindley RI, Wong MC, Rochtchina E, Wong TY, Wardlaw JM, Hankey GJ, on behalf of the Multicentre Stroke Study Collaborative Group. Differential Associations of Cortical and Subcortical Cerebral Atrophy with Retinal Microvascular Signs in Acute Stroke Patients. Stroke. 2010;41; 2143-2150.

Baker ML, Hand P, Wong TY, Liew G, Rochtchina E, Mitchell P, Lindley RI, Hankey GJ, Wang JJ, on behalf of the Multicentre Stroke Study Collaborative Group. Retinopathy and Lobar Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Insights into Pathophysiology. Archives of Neurology. 2010:67: 1223-1230.

Cheung N, Liew G, Lindley RI, Liu EY, Wang JJ, Hand P, Baker ML, Mitchell P, Wong TY, on behalf of the Multicentre Stroke Study Collaborative Group. Retinal Fractals and Acute Lacunar Stroke. Annals of Neurology. 2010:68: 107-111.

Baker ML, Hand P, Liew G, Rochtchina E, Wong TY, Mitchell P, Lindley RI, Hankey GJ, Wang JJ, on behalf of the Multicentre Stroke Study Collaborative Group. Retinal Microvascular Signs in Deep Intracerebral Hemorrhage: clues to the underlying vasculopathy? Stroke. 2010;41: 618-623.

Baker ML, Wang JJ, Rogers S, Klein R, Kuller LH, Larsen EK, Wong TY. Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Cognitive Function, and Dementia. The Cardiovascular Health Study. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2009;127: 667-673.

Casson RJ, Baker ML, Edussuriya K, Senaratne T, Selva D, Sennanayake S. Prevalence and
Determinants of Angle Closure in Central Sri Lanka: The Kandy Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2009; 116: 1444-9.

Lindley RI, Wang JJ, Wong MC, Mitchell P, Liew G, Hand P, Wardlaw J, De Silva DA, Baker ML, Rochtchina E, Chen C, Hankey GJ, Chang HM, Fung VSC, Gomes L, Wong TY, on behalf of the Multi- Centre Retina and Stroke Study (MCRS) Collaborative Group. Retinal Microvasculature in Acute Lacunar Stroke: A Cross-Sectional Study. Lancet Neurology. 2009;8: 628-34.

De Silva, DA, Liew, Wong, Chang, HM, Chen C, Wang, JJ, Baker, ML, Hand P, Rochtchina E, Liu EY, Mitchell P, Lindley, RI, Wong TY, on behalf of the Multi-Centre Retinal Stroke Study Collaborative Group. Retinal Vascular Caliber and Extracranial Carotid Disease in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke: The Multi-Centre Retinal Stroke (MCRS) study. Stroke. 2009;40: 3695-9.

Baker ML, Hand PJ, Wang JJ, Wong TY. Retinal Signs and Stroke: Revisiting the Link Between the Eye and Brain. Stroke. 2008;39: 1371-9.

Lindley R, on behalf of The Multi Centre Retinal Stroke Study Collaborative Group. Retinal
Microvascular signs: A Key to Understanding the Underlying Pathophysiology of Different Stroke Subtypes? International Journal of Stroke. 2008;3: 297-305.

Baker ML. Hand P. Terson Syndrome in Spinal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2008. 15(3): 313-6.

Baker ML, Larsen EM, Klein R, Manolio TA, Siscovick DS, Kuller LH, Klein EK, Bernick C. Wong TY. Retinal Microvascular Signs, Impaired Cognitive Function and Dementia in Older Persons: The Cardiovascular Health Study. Stroke. 2007;38: 2041-7.

Baker ML, Allen P, Shortt J, Lewin S, Spencer A. Immune Recovery Uveitis in an HIV-Negative Individual. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2007;35: 189-190.

Baker ML, Le Mesurier R, Szetu J, Painter G, Hue J, McLellan S, Aluta W. Ocular Trauma in the Solomon Islands. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2006;34: 813-14.

Baker ML. Sight-seeing in the Solomon Islands. Medical Journal of Australia. 2005;182: 633-4.

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