Stephen M. Baird, M.D.

Stephen Baird, M.D.

  • Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Acting Associate Director of Staff, Research and Development, VASDHS
  • M.D. - Stanford University, 1971
  • Residency Training: Stanford University 1972-74, Anatomic Pathology UCSD, 1974-76, Clinical Pathology
  • Board Certifications: Anatomic, Clinical and Immunopathology

Research Interests

My areas of interest are hematopathology and immunopathology, specifically in human lymphomas, mouse leukemia viruses and the use of mice with severe combined immune deficiency as recipients of human lymphoid cell grafts. This model can be used to study HIV infection EBV infection and lymphomagenesis.

Representative Publications

  1. Horner, A.A., Takabayashi, K., Beck, L., Sharma, B., Zubeldia, J., Baird, S., Tuck, S., Libet, L., Spiegelberg, H.L., Liu, F-T., Raz, E., Optimized Conjugation Ratios Lead to Allergen Immunostimulatory Oligodeoxynucleotide Conjugates with Retained Immunogenicity and Minimal Anaphylactogenicity, J Allergy Clin Immunol, pp. 413-420, 2002.
  2. Du, E., Overstreet, K., Zhou, W., Baird, G., Baird, S., Bouvet, M., Haghighi, P., Fine Needle Aspiration of Splenic Extramedullary Hematopoiesis Presenting as a Solitary Mass, ACTA CYTOLOGICA, Vol. 46, No. 6, pp. 1138-1142, 2002.
  3. Zhou, W., Katz, M.H., Deftos, L.J., Snyder, C.S., Baird, S., Bouvet, M., Metachronous Double Parathyroid Adenomas Involving Two Different Cell Types: Chief Cell and Oxyphil Cell, Endocrine Practice, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 522-525, 2003.
  4. Rhee, C-S., Libet, L., Chisholm, D., Takabayashi, K., Baird, S., Bigby, T.D., Le, C.H., Horner, A.A., Eyal, R., Allergen-Independent Immunostimulatory Sequence Oligodeoxynucleotide Therapy Attenuates Experimental Allergic Rhinitis, Immunology, Vol. 113, pp. 106-113, 2004.
  5. Takabe, K., Al-Refaie, W., Chin, B., Chu, P.K., Baird, S.M., and Blair, S.L., Can Large B-Cell Lymphoma Mimic Cystic Lesions of the Spleen, Int'l Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 83-88, 2005.
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Stephen M. Baird received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University. After residency at Stanford from 1972-74 in Anatomic Pathology and UCSD from 1974-76 in Clinical Pathology, Dr. Baird joined the faculty at UCSD in July 1976 as a Professor in Residence at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in immunopathology. Dr. Baird was promoted to Professor of Clinical Pathology in July, 1991. Currently, Dr. Baird is an active force at UCSD, contributing to teaching, patient care, research and administration.

Dr. Baird shares his deep expertise by teaching the first year Immunology Course and second year Hematology, as well as Histology, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine courses. He also lectures to the Pharmacology and Pathology Graduate students. He has won many teaching awards, including the Award for Distinguished Teaching from the UCSD Academic Senate.

At the VA Medical Center, Dr. Baird signs out Surgical Pathology and Cytology. He also shares coverage of Bone Marrows and Flow Cytometry. He reviews cases from the VA, Navy Hospital, Children's Hospital, Reno VA, and Sharp, Rees-Stealy Medical Center. 80% of that work is referral work from outside. He is currently Chairman of the Tumor Board, which meets and reviews several cases weekly. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Cancer Committee, which is in charge of the overall cancer program of the VA Medical Center.

Dr. Baird's research is collaborative. He is one of the advisors of two MD PhD students in the Biomedical Sciences program, overseeing their experiments, reviewing data (usually slides) from experiments and discussing next steps. He also provides consultation on mouse pathology for several investigators. This all leads to new, co-authored papers and book chapters published each year.

Administratively, he is in charge of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Medical Center, San Diego and is Acting Director of Staff for Research and Development at the VA. Running two big departments keeps him very busy.

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