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Medical Expert, Popular TV Producer Dr. Neal Baer Lectures for Contact Series

— by on November 12th, 2009

Dr. Neal Baer, executive producer of NBC’s award-winning series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and a medical expert, will present a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The title of his talk is “Medicine and Hollywood: Raising Awareness through Television.” There will be a reception after the lecture at the Alumni House. The event is free and open to the public.

Baer’s speech is sponsored by the Contact Committee, a student organization that brings prominent speakers to the campus each year.

Prior to his work on SVU, Baer was executive producer of ER for seven seasons and a member of the original staff. He was nominated for five Emmys as a producer. His latest endeavor is a photo-documentary project titled “The House Is Small but the Welcome Is Big” which shares stories of HIV in Africa from the perspectives of mothers and children.

Baer’s primary medical interests are in adolescent health. He has written extensively for teens on health issues for Scholastic Magazine, covering such topics as teen pregnancy, AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse and nutrition. He taught elementary school in Colorado and also worked as a research associate at the University of Southern California Medical School, where he focused on drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

Baer graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in 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.