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.
"To say that Dr. Baker is just an excellent surgeon is a huge understatement. When I first met Dr. Baker before my procedure he impressed me with his cordial and relaxed demeanor. Our question and answer session was unrushed and he attempted to answer all of my questions in terms that I could understand. Going in to the operation I already felt confident that I had a surgeon that was completely competent and that the outcome would be positive.
And that is where I make my second huge understatement. Dr. Baker managed to completely repair my mitral valve despite the fact that there was more damage than he expected. I went from having a valve that was losing approximately 30% and greater blood flow to not even having a slight heart murmur. My heart is essentially brand new and I most likely will never need another operation. I now have a full life expectancy and already am feeling like myself only three weeks after the procedure (open heart surgery).
Dr. Baker's commitment to cardiac surgery and the wellness of his patients is already legendary. Now I know it first hand. I am forever indebted to him for essentially saving my life and allowing me to experience my daughters becoming adults. I would be remiss if I didn't credit Dr. Fernando Roth (my cardiologist) for his sage advice in recommending Dr. Baker and for providing the most incredible care. Dr. Roth is another brilliant man who pursues his career with the kind of passion that we would hope other physicians would aspire to."
-- Larry Koonse, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/13/2015
"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
-- 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.