Dr. Craig Baker, Heart Valve Surgeon

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...

9 Patient Reviews for Dr. Baker

"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

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My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Surgical education

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Craig Baker, heart surgeon, graduated from Georgetown University in 1995.

After medical school, Dr. Baker completed five residency programs at the USC School of Medicine and the USC Department of Surgery. Dr. Baker also completed a Congenital Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in 2006.

Dr. Baker is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

On July 1, 2017, Dr. Baker was appointed to the position of Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at USC. Dr. Baker is also the Vice Chair of Surgical Education and the Program Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Department of Surgery, Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute of USC.

Dr. Craig Baker

Keck Hospital of USC
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(866) 306-9021

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