Joanne Baird, MD

Joanne Baird, MD

Dr. Baird joins the Bayside Orthopaedic team as a previous Lieutenant Commander from Naval Hospital Pensacola where she served as Department Head of Orthopedic Surgery since 2017.  The New Jersey native completed her undergraduate education at The College of William and Mary with a major in Biology and recognition as a scholar/athlete. Dr. Baird earned her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, followed by service in the US Navy.

She completed her internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, including two years deployed onboard the USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42).  Extensive training in combat care and surgery, leadership roles and achievement during her 12-year military medical career earned LCDR Baird multiple awards including the Naval Commendation Medal for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service in 2019.   In 2018 she was recognized as one of the top 100 physicians in the Northwest Florida region for patient satisfaction.    

Dr. Baird completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida in 2020.

A stellar college soccer player, Dr. Baird has continued her passion for sports as a team physician during her Fellowship for college (Tuskegee)  to high school (Crestview, FL) football to wrestling and later baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays.   She has frequently contributed to research projects, books, peer-reviewed publications, and presented on topics from thrower’s shoulder to fracture care, low back pain, hand injuries and much more.  

Dr. Baird is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Trauma Association and Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. In her free time, you’ll find her running, playing golf, painting and raising new daughter Ryann with husband Chaz at home in Pensacola, FL.

Medical School

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Maryland


Categorical Orthopaedic Internship, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA


Orthopaedic Residency, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA


Sports Medicine – Andrews Institute, Gulf Breeze, FL

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons