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Neal Baer, M.D.
Neal Baer, M.D., is an executive producer and showrunner for the hit CBS television series Under the Dome, the number-one scripted show of 2013's summer season and the program that "changed the face of summer television," according to Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp. Under the Dome returned to the CBS schedule for its second season on Monday, June 30, 2014.

Previously he served as executive producer of the CBS medical drama A Gifted Man (2011) and executive producer of the hit NBC television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2000–11), where he oversaw a budget of $100 million and all aspects of producing and writing the show. During his tenure, SVU was honored with the Shine Award, People's Choice Award, the Prism Award, the Edgar Award, Sentinel for Health Award and the Media Access Award, and actors on the show won six Emmys in addition to the Golden Globe. The series regularly ranked among the top 10 television dramas in national ratings.

Prior to his work on SVU, Dr. Baer was executive producer of the groundbreaking NBC series ER, where he was a member of the show's original staff and a writer and producer for seven seasons. There he was nominated for five Emmys as a producer and received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in A Drama Series for the episodes "Hell and High Water" and "Whose Appy Now?" The latter episode also garnered him a Writers' Guild of America nomination.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Baer completed his internship in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The American Medical Association awarded him the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Scholarship, recognizing him as the most outstanding medical student who has contributed to promoting a better understanding of medicine in the media. In addition, the American Association for the Advancement of Science selected him as a Mass Media Fellow.

Dr. Baer graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Colorado College. He holds a master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a master's degree in sociology from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Before working in television, he spent a year at the American Film Institute as a directing fellow, and in 2000 he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colorado College.

Dr. Baer lives in Los Angeles. His son Caleb is a student at Williams College.

Entries by Neal Baer, M.D.

Closing the Gender Gap: Time to End Inequality in the Law

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:13 PM

A little girl enrolls in primary school. But in her country it costs money to go to high school. Her parents must make a decision so they pay her brother's tuition because they can't afford to send all their children. After all, men earn more money once they get a...

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'The Gay-friendliest Writer in Television' Comes Out in His 50s

(17) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 10:35 AM

I'm gay. There, I said it, and it only took five decades.

When I told my son Caleb, who's in college, 10 months ago, he asked, "It took you this long to figure it out?"

"No," I said. "It took me this long to say it."

"Oh," he replied. "Where...

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Ending the Backlog

(75) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 8:09 AM

Imagine the unimaginable: You've been raped. You manage to pull yourself together to report your rape to the police or a hospital. You tell them what happened, reliving the nightmare. You receive essential medical attention. Then, for the next four to six hours, you submit to the collection of DNA...

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Shooting Back

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2007 | 4:01 PM

Eighteen AIDS orphans are pointing their cameras with aplomb and shooting images of their lives: stark, compelling, lively, hopeful. They range in age from twelve to sixteen, and they've got a lot to say through their images about living without their parents, most often in small shacks by themselves. That's...

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Tell Us Your Stories

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2005 | 1:05 AM

America faces many challenges today: terrorism; AIDS, stem cell research; cloning; and the economic challenges of globalization. What makes these issues even more difficult is how to address them in a growing climate of fear and close-mindedness. I believe telling stories for social change is one way each of us...

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