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Faculty & Staff

Craig J. Baker, M.D.

Craig J. Baker, M.D.
Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair of Surgery Education
Department of Surgery
Keck School of Medicine

Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Keck Medicine of USC

Dr. Baker received his medical degree from Georgetown University, followed by seven years of general surgery training at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Dr. Baker spent two years in the cardiothoracic research laboratory. After a three-year cardiothoracic residency at the Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Baker subsequently accepted a fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. While at Children's Hospital, Dr. Baker had the privilege of working under the direction of renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Vaughn Starnes. The following year Dr. Baker accepted a position in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine.

In addition to clinical responsibilities, Dr. Baker is an internationally recognized leader in thoracic surgery education and serves as director the thoracic surgery training program. Dr. Baker has co-authored numerous papers on reperfusion injury, lung transplantation, beating heart surgery, living lobar lung transplantation, and pediatric cardiac surgery.

 

USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute video featuring Dr. Baker

 

Offices

USC Healthcare Consultation II
1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone: (323) 442-5849
Fax: (323) 442-5956
E-mail: cbaker@surgery.usc.edu

For appointments please call (323) 442-5849

Locations

Areas of Treatment

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Thoracic Surgery

Sub-Specialties

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Education

  • Tulane University College of Arts and Sciences, BS, 1991
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD, 1995

Internships

  • University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1995 - 1996

Residencies

  • General Surgery (USC School of Medicine), 1996 - 1998
  • Research Fellow (USC School of Medicine), 1998 - 2000
  • General Surgery (USC Department of Surgery), 2000 - 2001
  • Chief Resident (USC Department of Surgery), 2000 - 2002
  • Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (USC) 2002 - 2005

Fellowships

  • Congenital Fellow, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery (CHLA), 2005 - 2006

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Professional Society Memberships

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2007

Awards

  • Tulane University College of Arts and Sciences: Phi Beta Kappa, 1991; Magna Cum Laude, 1991; Departmental Honors in Biology, 1991
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha, 1995
  • University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine: Recognition of Outstanding Teaching As A House Officer, Sept. 1999; Jeanine Chalabian, M.D. Most Innovative Teaching Award, 2002 - 2003

Languages

  • English

 

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Research

Cardiothoracic Fellows

  • Mabelle Cohen, MD
  • Dawn Hui, MD
  • Subhadra Shashidharan, MD
  • Melita Veighs, MD

Nurse Practitioners / Physician
Assistants / Research

  • Kathy Andrews, ACNP-BC
  • Christopher Justino, PA-C
  • Sophia Lam, ACNP-BC
  • Becky Lopez, RN, Research Nurse 
  • Robert E. Sachs, PA-C
  • Cherilyn Wisco, ACNP-BC
  • Wendy Gui Xu, ANP-BC

 

 
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