Program Advisory Board

Neal A. Baer, MD

Dr. Baer is the Executive Producer of the CBS drama A Gifted Man. He was the former Executive Producer and Writer for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 2000-2011; Executive Producer and Writer for ER, NBC, 1994-2000; and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, 2001-2005.  Recently, Dr. Baer co-established the Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications, which links photographic storytelling projects around the world and makes that work available to NGOs and policymakers.  He has worked in South Africa and Mozambique since 2006, teaching photography to mothers with HIV and to AIDS orphans so that they can tell the world their own stories.  He has published numerous articles regarding health and the depiction of health and health care providers on television. Dr. Baer is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer and serves on a number of distinguished board of directors and associations.  Dr. Baer received his B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, from Colorado College; Ed.M., Education from Harvard University, 1979; M.A., Sociology from Harvard University, 1982; and M.D. from Harvard, Medical School, 1996.  He received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from Colorado College in 2000 and was the 2005 commencement speaker.