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Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH
Professor, Family Medicine
Family Medicine Research Section
Family Medicine Residency
Phone: (206) 685-4799
e-mail: lmb@fammed.washington.edu


Biographical Information

Laura-Mae Baldwin is a Professor of Family Medicine, a practicing family physician, and the Director of the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN), a practice-based research network in the five state Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho region. Dr. Baldwin has established active research partnerships with clinical practices, clinical organizations, and health systems across the WWAMI region, with a focus on collaborative research that implements health care innovations and improves quality of care in real-world primary care setttings. Dr. Baldwin is also an investigator at the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies and Rural Health Research Center, bringing expertise in the use of large secondary databases to study racial/ethnic and rural-urban health disparities, cancer prevention and treatment, and perinatal health, all with an eye towards ensuring equitable access to high quality health services across the U.S.c


Teaching Interests & Roles

Research methods


Research Interests & Roles

• Rural Health
• Access to Care
• Practice-based Research in Primary Care
• Health Disparities
• Cancer Prevention and Care
• Health Workforce


Current Projects

Development of an Electronically Linked Practice Based Research Network in the WWAMI States. Funded by the National Center for Research Resources through the Clinical Translational Science Award mechanism.

Ovarian Cancer Screening, Testing, and Referral among Family Physicians, General Internists, and Obstetrician-Gynecologists. Funded by the CDC.

Dissemination of a Successful Electronic Communication and Pharmacist Care Model to Improve Hypertension Control in the Community. Pilot work funded by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and the Group Health Research Institute.

Access of Rural Patients with Early Stage Prostate Cancer Gain to Treatment Choices. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Perinatal Health Outcomes in Rural Areas: Have They Changed Over the Past Two Decades? Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.


Selected Publications

Sussman J, Baldwin L-M. The interface of primary and oncology specialty care: from diagnosis through primary treatment. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2010; 2010(40):18-24.

Baldwin L-M, Chan L, Andrilla CHA, Huff ED, Hart LG. Quality of care for myocardial infarction in rural and urban hospitals. J Rural Health. 2010; 26(1):51-57.

Baldwin LM, Grossman DC, Murowchick E, Larson EH, Hollow WB, Sugarman JR, Freeman WL, Hart LG. National trends in the perinatal and infant health of rural American Indians (AIs) and Alaska Natives (ANs): have the gaps between AI/ANs and whites narrowed? Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr;99(4):638-46. Epub 2008 Aug 13.

Baldwin LM, Cai Y, Larson EH, Dobie SA, Wright GE, Goodman DC, Matthews B, Hart LG. Access to cancer services for rural colorectal cancer patients. J Rural Health. 2008; 24(4):390-399.

Fenton JJ, Cai Y, Green P, Beckett LA, Franks P, Baldwin LM. Trends in colorectal cancer testing among Medicare subpopulations. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Sep;35(3):194-202. Epub. 2008 Jul 10.

Goff BA, Matthews BJ, Larson EH, Andrilla CHA, Wynn M, Lishner DM, Baldwin L-M. Predictors of comprehensive surgical treatment in patients with ovarian cancer. Cancer. 2007; 109(10):2031-2042.

Baldwin L-M, Klabunde C, Green P, Barlow W, Wright G. In search of the perfect comorbidity measure for use with administrative claims data: does it exist? Med Care. 2006; 44(8):745-753.

Hollow WB, Patterson DG, Olsen PM, Baldwin L-M. American Indians and Alaska Natives: how do they find their path to medical school? Acad Med. 2006; 81(10 Suppl):S65-S69.

Baldwin L-M, Patanian MM, Larson EH, Lishner DM, Mauksch LB, Katon WJ, Walker E, Hart LG. Modeling the mental health workforce in Washington State: using state licensing data to examine provider supply in rural and urban areas. J Rural Health. 2006; 22(1):50-58.
Baldwin L-M, Dobie SA, Billingsley K, Cai Y, Wright GE, Dominitz JA, Barlow W, Warren JL, Taplin SH. Explaining black-white differences in receipt of recommended colon cancer treatment. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2005; 97(16):1211-1220.

Baldwin L-M, Adamache W, Klabunde C, Kenward K, Dahlman C, Warren J. Linking physician characteristics and Medicare claims data: issues in data availability, quality, and measurement. Med Care. 2002; 40(8):IV-82:IV-95.

Baldwin L-M, Hart LG, Oshel RE, Fordyce MA, Cohen R, Rosenblatt RA. Hospital peer review and the National Practitioner Data Bank: clinical privileges action reports. JAMA. 1999; 282(4):349-355.

Baldwin L-M, Larson EH, Connell FA, Nordlund D, Cain KC, Cawthon ML, Byrns P, Rosenblatt RA. The effect of expanding Medicaid prenatal services on birth outcomes. Am J Public Health. 1998; 88:1623-1629.

Rosenblatt RA, Hart LG, Baldwin L-M, Chan L, Schneeweiss R. The generalist role of specialty physicians: is there a hidden system of primary care? JAMA. 1998; 279:1364-1370.


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