Dr. Zeyad Baker is Riverside Pediatric Group’s Chief Pediatric Officer - Bergen County. In addition to his role as C.P.O. at Riverside, Dr. Baker holds a number of other prominent academic and administrative positions. In 2010, he was appointed to the highest governing medical body in the state – the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Baker is an Attending Physician in Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center where, in addition to caring for Riverside’s newborns and patients at the hospital, he is responsible for teaching the medical students and pediatric residents from his alma mater, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where he is also a Clinical Asst. Professor of Pediatrics. Also, he is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
After graduating from Georgetown University and Ross University, Dr. Baker decided to return to his home state of New Jersey to complete his residency in pediatrics. During his three years of pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Baker received the highest honors and recognition afforded pediatricians in residency training, as he showed a devout passion to caring for his patients and passing on this compassion and dedication to those he worked with and taught. During his first year, he was awarded the nationally recognized and highly esteemed Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. During his second and third years of residency, Dr. Baker was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award, an honor bestowed upon those doctors that the medical school’s student body elects as the greatest teachers in their respective field. In his final year of residency, Dr. Baker was offered the vaulted position of Chief Resident of Pediatrics at UMDNJ, which he respectfully declined in order to pursue his present professional positions.
Since joining Riverside, Dr. Baker has received a number of professional accolades and has been invited to speak on public radio regarding childhood obesity and developmental disorders. His awards include:
- New Jersey Top Doc Award, 2011
- Patient Choice Award, 2010-2011
- Compassionate Doctor Award, 2011
Dr. Baker cares for patients in Riverside's Secaucus office. With regard to patient care, his philosophy is “The best treatment is prevention; proper communication and collaboration between the physician and the parents make for the best care for the child.” Dr. Baker believes that “all decisions regarding patient care are made with the parents - not for the parents”, as he states, “my primary function as a pediatrician is to educate and empower my patients’ parents in order to provide the best total care – emotional, intellectual and physical – for my patients.” Dr. Baker is married to Miriam Baker, Riverside’s Patient Care Coordinator and Executive Practice Administrator. They live in Bergen county with their son.