Amy Baxter, MD

Amy Baxter

Dr. Amy Baxter is a practicing pediatric emergency physician and fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, an NIH funded researcher and an internationally recognized expert in needle pain management.  After graduating with honors from Yale University, she attended Emory Medical School, then completed Pediatrics Residency and a Child Abuse Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Virginia.  She is director of Emergency Research for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite, and a Clinical Associate Professor at Medical College of Georgia.  As a founding board member of the Society for Pediatric Sedation, Dr. Baxter lectures nationally and internationally, publishing on pain and procedural sedation.  She is also known in the field of pediatric oncology for creating and validating the “BAxter Retching Faces” (BARF) scale, the only validated interval scale for assessing the symptom of nausea. (Pediatrics 2011, Journal of Improbable Research 2011)  Dr. Baxter has served on the Pediatrics Editorial Board for Medscape for the past 4 years, and serves on the Georgia Board for the International Women’s Forum.  

As a pain management researcher and advocate, she invented and patented a non-invasive desensitization device proven to block needle pain on contact. “Buzzy” is now in over 500 hospitals worldwide. Among other recognition, as CEO of MMJ Labs, Dr. Baxter is #1 of Inc. Magazines Top Women in Tech to watch in 2012, has received the Huggies MomInspired award, the 2011 Medical Design Excellence award for the patented Buzzy and the DistrACTION cards, and a 1.1M NIH FastTrack SBIR grant to develop and study the device for pediatric immunization pain. She has over 15 first author peer reviewed publications.  Over the past 5 years she has given more than 27 invited lectures at national meetings in 6 countries, including yearly lectures at the national American Academy of Pediatric Conference and Exhibition. More Information: