Spokane Physician Receives Trainer Award

Ryan Baker, M.D., a pediatrician at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane, was awarded the 2020 Washington State Athletic Trainers Association (WSATA) Physician Award. Dr. Baker, who also has a fellowship in sports medicine, is the only pedi­atrician with this specialization in the region.

The WSATA Physician Award recognizes a doctor in Washington who exemplifies the commitment of service to the profession of athletic training.

In addition to serving the Spokane Shriners Hospital, Dr. Baker is the team doctor for three local high schools. Dr. Baker is also one of the leaders on the Northeast Washington Sports Medicine Advisory Council, which helped to develop “concussion return to learn” and “return to play” protocols for the greater Spokane area. These guidelines are now used by area health care providers, schools, and club sports teams.

We congratulate Dr. Baker on this well-deserved recognition.