Chip Baker, RN, MS, NP-C, ACHPN

The core members of the clinical team have professional training and certification in palliative medicine and palliative care nursing. Members of the core team are based in the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care System. Palliative care encompasses humanistic and scientific contributions from many perspectives; we rely on effective collaborations with community partners, faculty from other Schools at the University of North Carolina, and input from faculty outside of UNC.


Chip Baker is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who since graduating from Columbia University has specialized in caring for people living with HIV/AIDS. At Broadway House for Continuing Care, a 75-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility in Newark, NJ, Chip helped to develop a rigorous symptom management and end-of-life program for its staff and residents. He also was instrumental in introducing Complementary Medical practices to the standard therapeutic regimens available including reike, massage therapy, hypnosis, guided imagery, aromatherapy, herbal therapy, and chiropractic therapy. His palliative care expertise was enhanced with a 9-month internship at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. Collaborating with Dr. Jessica Israel, a geriatrician trained at the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, he provided inpatient, outpatient, and home-based palliative care and pain management to the coastal communities of NJ. Chip has been with UNC since February 2007 and was recently certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. His many interests include HIV/AIDS care, CAM therapies, and bereavement issues.