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...

13 Patient Reviews for Dr. Baker

"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

"1) I went into the Surgery room around 7am that Monday morning. I was totally knocked out. The whole operation took 4-5 hours while I was sleeping.

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

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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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