Today we welcome ER, Law & Order: SVU and A Gifted Man Writer and Producer, Dr. Neal Baer, to discuss the many facets of his incredibly prolific career in television, medicine and philanthropy.
Dr. Baer explains that the story is what interests and motivates him in everything he does from producing television to promoting social entrepreneurship.
This is an incredibly insightful episode with one of the giants behind the last two decades of network television drama.
Neal Baer is a Harvard trained physician, practicing pediatrician and award-winning television writer and producer. Dr. Baer was an Executive Producer of the hit show ER. As a member of the show’s original staff he was nominated for five Emmys as a producer. He also received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the episodes “Hell and High Water” and “Whose Appy Now?” and received a Writers Guild of America nomination for “Whose Appy Now?”
From 2000 – 2011 Baer was the Executive Producer of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. During his time on the show he won the Shine Award, the Prism Award and the Media Access Award.
Currently, he is the Executive Producer of the CBS series “A Gifted Man” starring Patrick Wilson. In 2012, Baer will release his first novel he co-wrote “Kill Switch” and a graphic novel called “Gap Year” which he also co-wrote.
Outside of his work in the entertainment profession, Baer has had much success in the medical field. After graduating from Harvard medical school he completed his internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. He received the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Scholarship from the American Medical Association as the most outstanding medical student who contributed to promoting a better understanding of medicine in the media. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences at USC.