Joanne Baird, MD

Joanne Baird, MD

Dr. Baird joined Bayside Orthopaedic in 2020 after an early medical career in the Navy –  a  Lt. Commander at 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.  

Dr. Baird completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida in 2020.  She was named to Mobile Bay Magazine’s 2021 class of “40 Under 40”.

A stellar college soccer player, Dr. Baird has continued her passion for sports as team physician to the Elberta HS Warriors on Friday nights.  Prior sidelines have found her with college and high school football teams in Tuskegee, AL and Crestview, FL as well as the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.

Dr. Baird 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.  She maintains a commitment to women’s health and athletic wellness at all ages.

Dr. Baird is trained in Mako robotic-assisted surgery, 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, or painting. She and her husband Chaz are parents to daughter Ryann and live 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