Hello! My name is Dr. Craig Baker and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Georgetown University in 1995. To date, I have performed approximately several thousand cardiac surgeries, of which 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including Keck Hospital of USC, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Los Angeles County Hospital. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is the efficiency and precision in which I conduct an operation. Having trained in both adult and pediatric heart surgery allows me to offer the full spectrum of available therapies. Practicing in an academic environment affords me the opportunity to offer leading technologies at the forefront of care.
I take a sincere interest in my patients and truly understand the impact and stress of heart related health problems. I have absolute confidence in my abilities to interpret diagnostic studies and provide therapy which is often life saving and immediately improves quality of life. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a cardiac surgeon is seeing the patient return in just a few weeks with renewed enthusiasm and energy.
"Extraordinary. Dr. Baker and his team are cordial, professional, and remarkably skilled. The Keck Hospital could teach Disneyland about customer service.
For open heart surgery, it was a great experience. My valve repair went smoothly, and I was able to start back at work about 10 days later. Yesterday, two weeks after the surgery, I walked 6.5 miles. I am extremely pleased with Dr. Baker, his team, the hospital, and certainly with the results."
-- Michael Phillips, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/28/2014
"I cannot thank Dr. Baker enough. The moment I met Dr. Baker I knew I was in great hands of a caring and compassionate surgeon. Dr. Baker and his staff made me and my husband feel like we were part of a family. Dr. Baker was never in a hurry when we met with him and was very patient and answered all our questions and concerns. I highly recommend Dr. Baker is the best surgeon in the US and we will always contact him if we are in need of a surgeon."
-- Leslie Holtzclaw, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 10/24/2013
-- Joyce Proano, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/24/2013
-- Deborah Ko, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 08/16/2012
-- Francis Bonahon, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 05/30/2012
-- Leo Gaynor, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/29/2012
-- Dave Cutchall, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 02/29/2008
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. Craig Baker, heart surgeon, graduated from Georgetown University in 1995.