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Neal Baer, MD is an American pediatrician and television writer and producer. He is best known for his work on the television shows ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Baer, who was born in 1955, graduated from high school in 1973. He then graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College. Baer spent a year at the American Film Institute as a directing fellow in 1988. Baer studied for a master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Sociology and focused on family policy. Baer attended Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1996. The final part of his training over-lapped with his work in television and he completed his degree by undertaking electives at UCLA and returning to Harvard during breaks in production. Baer graduated from Harvard Medical School and 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 has contributed to promoting a better understanding of medicine in the media.