Brandi Baker, MD
I am a neurologist at Memorial Healthcare System with a special interest in treating patients with immune disorders of the nervous system including Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I also diagnose and treat patients with seizures, headaches, transient ischemic attacks, stroke, memory problems, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathic pain, and other conditions.
I have been fascinated with the brain since childhood and was initially trained as a neuroscientist. However, I wanted to help people in my community more directly and thus left the research world to pursue medicine.
As a physician, I want my patients to feel heard and respected, and leave their appointment with a better understanding of their neurologic condition. I enjoy educating and empowering my patients, and encourage them to take an active role in treatment discussions. I listen carefully to my patients and use a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment strategies, understanding that every patient is unique.
As a certified yoga instructor and former chief of resident wellness, I also promote diet and lifestyle modifications that patients can incorporate to improve their overall health and happiness.
Related Medical Services
- University of Alabama - Birmingham, 2015
- Washington University, 2016, Internal Medicine
- Washington University, 2019, Neurology
- Outstanding Graduate Student - Graduate Student Spotlight Publication, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009
- Tykeson Fellow - Travel Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Tykeson Fellows Multiple Sclerosis Conference, Chicago, IL, 2008
- University Scholar Research Award - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2002
My research interests include neuro-integrative medicine and learning more about treatments for MS and other neurologic conditions.
Past research projects include:
- 2018-20: Neurosarcoid Research, Wash U, Evaluation of clinical presentation, radiographic features, CSF immune signatures, and treatment strategies of neurosarcoidosis patients.
- 2014: Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Research, UAB, Department of Neurology. Use of oral, injectable and infusion therapies for MS treatment and factors associated with switching therapies.
- 2010-11: Postdoctoral Fellow, UAB, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Neurobiology. Cellular mechanisms of oligodendrocyte cell death and influence of T cells/microglia in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis.
- 2004-09: Doctoral Research, UAB, Department of Cell Biology. Expression and function of Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling-3 (SOCS-3) in astrocytes and microglia, and the neuro-protective role of IL-27.
- 2002-04: Undergraduate Research, University of Florida, Department of Neuroscience. Effect of endogenous opioid receptor blockade on pain perception in a model of mild traumatic brain injury. Advisor: Robert Yezierski, PhD.
- 2020: Multiple Sclerosis: Emerging Concepts in Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies. Neurology Grand Rounds, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
- 2019: Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy. Neuroinfectious Disease Case Conference, Wash U, St. Louis, MO.
- 2019: Self-Compassion and Burnout in Resident Training. Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Symposium, Wash U, St. Louis.
- 2018: Neurosarcoidosis Case - Neurology Grand Rounds/CPC –Wash U, St. Louis, MO
- 2018: Treatment of Neurosarcoidosis – Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Wash U, St. Louis, MO.
- 2018: Clinical features and treatment of Neurosarcoidosis - St. Louis Foundation for Sarcoid Research Patient Conference, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.
- 2014: The future of multiple sclerosis treatment - Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Diseases summer camp, Children’s Harbor, Alexander City, Alabama.
- 2009: Oncostatin M-induced gene expression and regulation in astrocytes and microglia - Cell Biology Seminar Series, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- 2008: Early faculty careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - Graduate Student Seminar, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- 2007: Expression and function of SOCS-3 in primary astrocytes - Cell Biology Graduate Student Seminar, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- 2003: Effects of traumatic brain injury on sensory function - University Scholars Sympos., UF.
- 2002: Neurochemical effects of drugs on the brain - 5th Street Counseling Ctr. Ft. Lauderdale, FL.