The Barry Baker Endowed Chair
The Barry and Amy Baker Chair in Laryngeal, Head and Neck Research was established in 2008 by Amy and Barry Baker to support a clinician-scientist (currently Dr. Young J. Kim, Ph.D.) who holds a primary appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and serves as director of the Barry and Amy Baker Laboratory at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
As ardent supporters of Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, their gifts include undergraduate scholarships and the Barry Baker Fund for Laryngeal, Head and Neck Research which was established in 1999. The Barry and Amy Baker Laboratory at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center was named in their honor in 2003.
A veteran of the media industry, Barry Baker serves as a senior advisor at Lee Equity Partners, LLC, and was previously a managing director of Boston Ventures Limited Partnerships VI and VII at BV Investment Partners. In the health care world, he currently serves on the board of Prelude, the nation's leader in fertility treatment and the largest egg bank in North America. He is also on the board of the Eating Recovery Center, a national leader in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. Prior to this, he served as the president and chief operating officer of USA Network, Sy-Fy, Home Shopping Network, USA Studios, Ticketmaster, Match.com, Hotels.com, and other internet brands. He recently completed a 4-year term as the chairman of Intermountain's Park City Hospital, which he helped found.
Mrs. Amy Baker, a 20-year veteran with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in Washington, D.C.. and Los Angeles, California, and later with public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, served as a former member of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Advisory Board from 2006-2010. She is the co-owner of Jupiter Bowl, a premiere entertainment venue in Park City, Utah.
The Bakers' legacy at Vanderbilt includes two of their children, Brandace (B.A. '09) and Bryce (class of 2018), and their ongoing work, commitment to philanthropy, service, and good will for Vanderbilt and those affected by otolaryngological challenges.