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Craig J. Baker, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar)
Surgery
1520 San Pablo St. Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5849

Overview

Dr. Baker is the Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

He 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.

Publications

Type A Aortic Dissection Repair: How I Teach It. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):14-17. View in: PubMed

Type B Aortic Arch Interruption in an Adult. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Nov; 102(5):e431-e432. View in: PubMed

Impact of Moodle-Based Online Curriculum on Thoracic Surgery In-Training Examination Scores. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct; 102(4):1381-6. View in: PubMed

A comparison of aortic valve replacement via an anterior right minithoracotomy with standard sternotomy: a propensity score analysis of 492 patients. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Feb; 49(2):456-63. View in: PubMed

Gamification in thoracic surgical education: Using competition to fuel performance. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Nov; 150(5):1052-8. View in: PubMed

Pressurized Cadaver Model in Cardiothoracic Surgical Simulation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 100(3):1118-20. View in: PubMed

Age-Related Outcomes of the Ross Procedure Over 20 Years. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun; 99(6):2077-83; discussion 2084-5. View in: PubMed

Age-Related Outcomes of the Ross Procedure Over 20 Years. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun; 99(6):2077-85. View in: PubMed

A framework for professionalism in surgery: what is important to medical students? Am J Surg. A framework for professionalism in surgery: what is important to medical students? Am J Surg. 2014 Feb; 207(2):255-9. View in: PubMed

Cardiothoracic surgery residency training: past, present, and future. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Oct; 146(4):759-67. View in: PubMed

Anomalous coronary arteries: cardiovascular computed tomographic angiography for surgical decisions and planning. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2013 Apr; 4(2):142-54. View in: PubMed

Breast implants and minimally invasive cardiac surgery: a case series. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Jul; 69(1):10-3. View in: PubMed

Development of a cardiac surgery simulation curriculum: from needs assessment results to practical implementation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul; 144(1):7-16. View in: PubMed

Unoperated congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, nonrestrictive ventricular septal defect, and pulmonary stenosis in middle adulthood: do multiple wrongs make a right? World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. Unoperated congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, nonrestrictive ventricular septal defect, and pulmonary stenosis in middle adulthood: do multiple wrongs make a right? World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2012 Jan 1; 3(1):123-9. View in: PubMed

Unoperated congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, nonrestrictive ventricular septal defect, and pulmonary stenosis in middle adulthood: do multiple wrongs make a right? World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2012 Jan 01; 3(1):123-9. View in: PubMed

Thoracic aortic stent-grafting for acute, complicated, type B aortic dissections. Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 Apr; 25(3):333-9. View in: PubMed

Emergency off-pump revascularization for left main dissection in pregnancy. Am Surg. 2011 Feb; 77(2):253-5. View in: PubMed

Perimembranous ventricular septal defect and Gerbode defect. Echocardiography. 2010 Feb; 27(2):215-7. View in: PubMed

Pectus excavatum and chest pain: a case report. Cases J. 2008 Nov 25; 1(1):351. View in: PubMed

Resection of giant coronary artery aneurysms in a Takayasu's arteritis patient. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May; 85(5):1795-6. View in: PubMed

Pectus excavatum and chest pain: a case report. Cases J. 2008; 1(1):351. View in: PubMed

Hemidiaphragm plication after repair of congenital heart defects in children: quantitative return of diaphragm function over time. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jan; 135(1):56-61. View in: PubMed

Ascending aortic extension for enlargement of the aortopulmonary space in children with pulmonary artery stenosis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Nov; 80(5):1647-51. View in: PubMed

A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: perioperative complications after 253 donor lobectomies. Am J Transplant. 2004 Aug; 4(8):1283-8. View in: PubMed

Needle embolism to the heart. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Mar; 77(3):1102. View in: PubMed

A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: recipient outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jan; 127(1):114-22. View in: PubMed

Depopulated vena caval homograft: a new venous conduit. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2003 Aug; 126(2):498-503. View in: PubMed

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