Dr Michelle Baker is an Adelaide-based ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract surgery and glaucoma.
Michelle loves connecting with her patients and providing world-class evidence-based medicine tailored to each patient with adoption of innovative technologies and her surgical skill set.
Michelle studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and undertook her early resident years as a junior doctor at Royal Melbourne Hospital. She then entered the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons training scheme and rotated through the neurosurgery, cardiothoracic, plastic surgery, maxillofacial and urology departments. Michelle acquired knowledge and skills to manage any health condition.
Michelle then changed to ophthalmology and entered the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology Victorian training scheme at the Royal Victorian and Eye and Ear Hospital. Her ophthalmology training gave her an in-depth understanding of diseases affecting the eye including cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion. Following the completion of her ophthalmology training, Michelle completed medical and surgical fellowship training in glaucoma. First, at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and then in the United Kingdom at the Norfolk Norwich University Hospital followed by Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. This advanced surgical training equipped Michelle with further skills and subspeciality interests including angle closure disease and in novel surgical techniques to manage glaucoma (cataract surgery, laser, Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgical techniques (MIGS), trabeculectomy surgery, Paul and Baerveldt tube implantation).
Michelle is a clinician-scientist with an interest in public health and clinical research. Concurrent with her ophthalmology training, Michelle completed a PhD on Retinal Signs in Cerebrovascular Disease at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne. She has published over 18 peer-reviewed publications. Currently, Michelle is a researcher on the PROGRESSA study at Flinders University. This is a prospective study investigating how genetics and other clinical measures can be used to predict the risk of developing glaucoma in early signs of disease.
Michelle 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 was the Principal Investigator of the Solomon Islands National Ocular Trauma Audit (SINOTA) which formed the research project for her Masters of Public Health. SINOTA and the subsequent publications have formed the basis for blindness prevention programs in the Western Pacific.
Michelle is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society and Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
For patient information and resources: drmichellebaker.com.au
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
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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