Neal A. Baer

Senior Fellow

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Neal A. Baer, M.D. is a Harvard-trained physician, practicing pediatrician and award-winning television writer and producer. Since 2000, he has served as executive producer of the NBC series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. He was previously Executive Producer of ER. He also has served as an adjunct professor at USC, teaching in the area of health communications, health promotion and disease prevention, and sex education.

Baer graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Colorado College. He holds Masters degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Education and from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Sociology. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship in pediatrics at Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles. He received the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Scholarship from the American Medical Association as the most outstanding medical student who has contributed to promoting a better understanding of medicine in the media. The American Association for the Advancement of Science selected him as a Mass Media Fellow.

Baer serves on the boards of numerous health care organizations, including the Venice Family Clinic, Advocates for Youth, Children Now and Physicians for Social Responsibility. 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 also has presented locally and internationally to medical and public health students and faculty, television producers and others on such topics as Utilizing the Media to Effect Social Change; Storytelling and Social Change; Domestic and International Policies Affecting HIV and AIDS; Teens, Sex and TV; and Health Messages in Primetime Television.

As a senior fellow, Baer works with the Institute for Photographic Empowerment, which he co-founded, to link photographic storytelling projects around the world and to make that work available to NGOs and policymakers.

Contact Baer at commlead@usc.edu.

Neal A. Baer In the News

Senior Fellow Neal Baer travelled to Mumbai with representatives from the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The World Bank, according to the Hindustan Times. During their visit, these groups are meeting with Bollywood actors and producers and creating ways to educate an American audience about India and the hardships that country currently faces.

According to The Wrap, Senior Fellow Neal Baer will be leaving his position as executive producer Law & Order: SVU at the end of this season. Baer is signing a contract to begin work on development with CBS Television. The senior fellow has been a part of L&O:SVU for the past 11 seasons.

Senior Fellow Neal Baer has been elected as a board member of the Venice Family Clinic, according to Variety.

Senior Fellow and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Executive Producer, Neal Baer guest-blogged for the website TV Squad about the new twists and guests on slate for L&O: SVU's twelfth's season. Also posted are some of favorite clips from the show's run.

Neal Baer, Senior Fellow, spoke with entertainment website Zap2It about the latest news on the upcoming season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He discusses the guest stars slated to enter the station this fall as well as other plot twists and turns that will take place during the show's 12th year.

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