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May 20, 2005

Baker Receives Aerospace Medical Association Award

Susan P. Baker, MPH, professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, received the 2005 John Paul Stapp Award at the 76th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association on May 12, 2005. Professor Baker was recognized for her pivotal role in establishing injury prevention and control as a scientific discipline. Her research has addressed many aspects of aviation safety, as well as motor vehicle crashes and occupational injuries.

Susan P. Baker, MPH

Susan P.Baker, MPH

“I’m grateful to receive the Stapp Award. It means a lot to me as it honors the man who rode a rocket sled to a speed of 632 miles per hour and stopped in 1.4 seconds, which proved that properly restrained people could walk away from most crashes,” said Professor Baker.

Recognized as one of the pre-eminent researchers and teachers in injury epidemiology, Professor Baker pioneered the application of the public health model to aviation safety research and training. She is credited with the development of the Injury Severity Score, a standard tool for measuring the severity of injury by clinicians and researchers worldwide.

Professor Baker, the first director of the Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Center, is also a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board and a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. She served as vice chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Trauma Research and as president of the American Association for Automotive Medicine, now the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.

Contact for the Aerospace Medical Association: Pamela Day at 703-739-2240, ext. 101 or

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Lowe or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or