Hello! My name is Dr. Craig Baker and I am a heart surgeon having graduated from Georgetown University in 1995. To date, I have performed approximately several thousand cardiac surgical procedures, of which many involved heart valve operations. I perform surgery at Keck Hospital of USC, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Los Angeles County Hospital.
"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."
"I wanted a "world-class" surgeon and was referred by my cardiologist to Dr. Craig Baker, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Craig was the ultimate professional - a knowledgable, award-winning expert with a extraordinary bedside manner who demonstrated he really cared for his patients. Thank you, Dr. Baker and your team for saving my life and giving me many more years of happiness with my family and friends. I am forever grateful."
"I highly recommend this Dr. Baker for anyone needing valve surgery. He was able to perform a repair when others said it was not possible. He explained everything thoroughly to us and kept my family updated during different steps of the surgery. Doctor Baker has a great bedside manner and I am extremely happy with the results."
"I had the valve-sparing David procedure to fix an aortic aneurysm located next to the heart. Dr. Craig Baker replaced part of my aorta with a graft, reconstructed the aortic root, and was able to save my aortic valve. I recovered very quickly and I am completely back to normal (including hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains). I had a very good experience with Dr. Baker and, more generally, with the personnel at the USC Keck Hospital. Dr. Baker is quite personable, and he explained very well the issues and risks of the procedure. He apparently did a pretty good job too. "
"Dr. Craig Baker came highly recommended to us by family and friends who work in the medical community(one friend is married to a heart transplant surgeon)We asked for "the best" in this field and that is who we got with Dr. Baker. He is highly skilled, the broad scope of his knowledge is amazing and excellence could be his "motto". We knew we were in extremely qualified hands after the first visit.The surgery was a complete success and we are very grateful to have had such a skilled, reputable and dedicated Dr. Thank you Dr. Baker..You are the best!!!"
"I can't thank Dr. Craig Baker enough for saving my life! Dr. Baker and his staff were very good to me. Every one in his staff, including the great nurses and ICU people were top notch. Dr. Baker's attitude and professionalism helped me make life decisions that I had a hard time making. He laid all of my options out in a clear manner that helped me make logical conclusions. I felt that he was very caring about my health and well being. Thanks to Dr. Baker I am moving forward in my life today."
My cardiac specialties include:
- Aortic valve surgery
- Mitral valve repair and replacement
- Minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery
I have the following clinical interests:
- Adult congenital heart disease
- Surgical education
"I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon 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."
Dr. Craig Baker, heart surgeon, graduated from Georgetown University in 1995.
I have relationships with several insurance providers including:
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(866) 306-9021 A map of our clinic is provided below.