Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth Recognizes Leading Sports Medicine Doctor

Champ Baker, MD, often the hero behind the scenes 

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC)-Duluth recently honored Champ Baker, Jr. MD, with the 2013 Pioneer in Sports Medicine award. Established to recognize those individuals who helped shape the industry, the award celebrates the accomplishments of sports medicine doctors.  

To keep athletes at the top of their game, Champ Baker, MD, trained under Jack Hughston, MD, founder of the Hughston Clinic, which was established in 1949. Because Dr. Baker continued Dr. Hughston’s tremendous legacy in sports medicine, he was honored by Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth. He’s successfully treated thousands of athletes, from students to professionals, during his more than 30 year career.

Dr. Baker has been the team physician for numerous local and regional athletic teams, including the University of Alabama. He has also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee as a volunteer physician. Dr. Baker holds a teaching appointment at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans. He is chairman of the Hughston Foundation Board and served as president of the Hughston Clinic from 1994 until 2000. The Hughston Clinic is a leading medical clinic specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine and is based in Columbus, Georgia.

As a freshman at LSU, Dr. Baker played basketball with Peter "Pistol Pete" Maravich. Although they were the same height, Dr. Baker didn’t demonstrate the same level of skill.  Based on that experience, a career in sports medicine became his primary focus.

On a local level, GMC-affiliated sports medicine doctors Gary Levengood, MD and Brian E. Morgan, MD, both trained as fellows under Dr. Baker’s direction at the Hughston Clinic. \

The Sports Medicine Program at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth offers a range of services for athletes of all ages and levels of competition. As the area’s largest network of fellowship trained sports medicine and orthopedic physicians, radiologists, physical and occupational therapists and certified athletic trainers, the program combines the needs of the community, doctors and athletic trainers working in the field. GMC offers Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) to all public high schools in Gwinnett County free of charge. GMC is the only hospital in Georgia to offer this service county-wide. Additionally, GMC provides education to the community, high school students, doctors and coaches and promotes careers in sports medicine through community events. 

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,500 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit or follow us at, or

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