About 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...
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.
14 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Baker was very attentive and made sure I didn't have any questions before my surgery. He came and saw me both before and after my surgery. Very pleasant bedside manner. My surgery was a success and was told that my valve should last me the rest of my life."
-- Ida Kawasaki, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/16/2018
"Dr. Craig Baker was the best surgeon I could have had. He had me feeling very positive since the first day. I was very sick but he never gave up on me. I made him work extra hard since my surgery was more complicated than what him and his team expected. I am beyond blessed to have fell in this surgeon’s hands. His dedication, the person he is, and his work defines the great man he is. This was a life changing experience for me. Having surgery, having to return back to the OR in less than 24 hours, being on Ecmo for some days , I would not trust anyone else with my life the way I trust Dr. Baker. USC Keck of Medicine gave me a care beyond what I expected! I’m so happy I fell in the right hands of a great team and a great hospital."
-- Brenda Herrera, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 05/09/2018
2) By about 1pm I was in my dream that my two winnie dogs in my bed were at my feet keep rubbing both of my feet. Then I heard the voices of my wife and my sons & knew I just went through the operation of Mitral Valve repair.
3) I felt some discomfort on my chest, knowing that it was open. I slept well that day, asking for pain pills in the evening, when I felt thirsty and was given small ice pieces to chew on. I was not allowed to drink fluid yet.
4) I stayed in ICU till noon the next day when I was moved into a private room. Dr Baker came see me and I thank him. That night I sit up (with help) & was able to email ALL my friends that I did the operation & recovering.
5) For the next 4 days my heart was monitored with the help of pacemaker, it was jumping back to normal. On Saturday I was allowed to go home.
6) For the next 3 weeks I walked a mile very day. I eat well and gained a few pounds. I feel better every day than the previous day. I have no pain.
7) The stitches were removed on the 4th week and I was told I can drive again after 4 weeks. I am back to normal and Life is good.
Thanks Dr Baker!"
-- Vincent Lee, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/07/2018
After surgery Dr. Baker came to see me often and also has an incredible staff of doctors and nurses working with him. His bedside manner is also top notch. I just can't say enough good about Dr. Baker and the staff at the Keck Hospital. He saved my life and I will forever be in debt with a debt I can never repay. I thank God every time I take a deep breath that he put men like Dr. Baker here on earth that have a passion for saving lives. You see this heart in my chest doesn't just beat for me. It also beats for my 16 year old son and my wonderful wife who took care of me.
Dr. Baker is my living angel here on earth. I just know he has wings underneath that white jacket of his."
-- Gregory Fontes, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 04/19/2018
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
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
-- Christopher Reyes, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/29/2012
-- 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
-- Christopher Reyes, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/29/2011
-- Dave Cutchall, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 02/29/2008
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- 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.
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The office of Dr. Baker is located at 1520 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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