Michael J. Baron, MD, MPH

Southeast Region Director, 2018-2020

Dr. Michael Baron attained his Medical Degree, Masters in Public Health and completed an internal medicine internship at Tulane University, School of Medicine. He completed his first residency in Anesthesiology at Washington University in St Louis, School of Medicine and his Psychiatry training at Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine.  He has maintained board certifications in Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has practiced in the Nashville area since 1998 in a variety of settings including private practice, teaching hospitals and residential treatment centers specializing in the area of chronic pain and addiction. In 2006, he published original research showing that chronic opioid use increased chronic pain scores.  Dr. Baron was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners (BME) in 2010 and reappointed in 2015 as well he served as Chair of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database committee from 2014 where he helped write many different Department of Health rules pertaining to pain, prescribing controlled substances and addiction. Dr. Baron resigned from the Board of Medical Examiners and the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database committees in January 2017 to accept the Medical Director position of the Tennessee Medical Foundation – Physician Health Program. He continues to serve on the steering committee that publishes the Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines and on the committee for Nonresidential Buprenorphine Treatment Guidelines.  He was recently appointed to the Federation of State Medical Boards workgroup on Sexual Boundary Violations.  Dr. Baron has provided pro-bono psychiatric services at the Nashville/Davidson County Drug Court for the last many years.  He is married for over 30 years with 2 grown children. He is an accomplished wood worker and avid snow skier.