Joshua Baru, MD

Dr. Joshua Baru graduated medical school from the NYU School of Medicine and went on to complete his training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital.

After graduation he completed a fellowship in clinical Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center for Ethics of the University of Chicago. In 2006, Dr. Baru went on to become a hospitalist at Cook County Hospital (aka John H. Stroger Hospital) in Chicago where he discovered his passion for Palliative Medicine, subsequently becoming Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

In 2016, Dr. Baru, his wife and his three boys moved to Asheville.  They were drawn to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the wonderful people. 

Throughout his career he has focused on listening to each person’s story and working to help his patients through their most difficult times (and celebrating with them during their best times!).  Dr. Baru has sought to teach this approach and has held several leadership roles in medical education and won several teaching awards.  He has run fellowship training programs and implemented curricula for the School of Medicine at Rush Medical College.

In 2018, Dr. Baru created the Supportive Oncology program at Mission hospital with the team at Messino Cancer Centers.  He is excited to rejoin this team and bring the skills and expertise he learned in that experience, and during his years of practice, to the patients at Messino Cancer Center.   Dr. Baru loves to spend time with his three boys and their menagerie of pets.

Dr. Baru finally understood the issue with my pain and put me on a very effective plan. At every point of contact at this cancer center everyone has been great and over the top.
Kenneth B.
He listens! He is compassionate and always speaks honestly. He acknowledged my pain was real and appropriate and scheduled appropriate tests to find the cause and treat it. He is my hero!!
Mary D.
I feel the doctor is compassionate and knowledgeable.
Dennis Y.
Think ahead communication, responsive, caring, and thoughtful.
Ann T.
Very personable and anxious to solve any problems we bring up.
No Name


Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics

The MacLean Center

Residency in Internal Medicine

University of Chicago Hospital

Doctor of Medicine

New York University School of Medicine

Bachelor’s Degree

Amherst College


Internal Medicine

Palliative Medicine and Hospice


American College of Physicians

American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine