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.