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Craig J. Baker, MD

Title(s)Professor Of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar)
Address1520 San Pablo St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 5849
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    Craig J. Baker, MD, received his medical degree from Georgetown University. He followed with seven years of general surgery training at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Dr. Baker spent two years in the cardiothoracic research laboratory, where he co-authored numerous papers on reperfusion injury, lung transplantation, beating heart surgery, living lobar lung transplantation and pediatric cardiac surgery.

    After a three-year cardiothoracic residency at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Baker subsequently accepted a fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. While at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Baker had the privilege of working under the direction of renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Vaughn Starnes, MD. The following year Dr. Baker accepted a position in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine.

    Dr. Baker is currently the chief of the division of cardiac surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. He also serves as vice chair of surgical education and directs the cardiothoracic surgery training program. Dr. Baker has achieved national recognition for his involvement in cardiothoracic education. He has developed a comprehensive educational curriculum, including a highly structured simulation training program. In 2017, after 20 years at USC, Dr. Baker was appointed chief of the division of cardiac surgery.

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    1. Cardiovascular Computed Tomographic Angiography as a Virtual Patient Avatar for Individualized Surgical Planning of Complex Anomalous Coronary Artery Anatomy. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2019 07; 10(4):502-503. Shinbane JS, Baker C, Saremi F, Starnes V. PMID: 31307300.
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    2. Lessons Learned: A Roundtable Discussion on Succeeding in Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency and Practice. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018; 30(3):293-303. Woo YJ, Baker C, Colson Y, Cooke DT, Fann J, Goldstone A. PMID: 30219543.
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    3. Does cramming work? Impact of National Web-Based Thoracic Surgery Curriculum login frequency on thoracic surgery in-training exam performance. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 08; 156(2):922-927. Luc JGY, Verrier ED, Allen MS, Aloia L, Baker C, Fann JI, Iannettoni MD, Yang SC, Vaporciyan AA, Antonoff MB. PMID: 29764685.
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    4. Resection of Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the Ventricular Septum Causing Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 03; 105(3):e107-e108. Gray WH, Patel R, Baker CJ, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. PMID: 29455819.
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    5. Optimal Approach for Repair of Left Atrial-Esophageal Fistula Complicating Radiofrequency Ablation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 05; 105(5):e229-e231. Gray WH, Fleischman F, Cunningham MJ, Kim AW, Baker CJ, Starnes VA, McFadden PM. PMID: 29410186.
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    6. Selective Aortic Arch and Root Replacement in Repair of Acute Type A Aortic Dissection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb; 105(2):505-512. Fleischman F, Elsayed RS, Cohen RG, Tatum JM, Kumar SR, Kazerouni K, Mack WJ, Barr ML, Cunningham MJ, Hackmann AE, Baker CJ, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. PMID: 29103584.
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    7. The Development of a Novel Perfused Cadaver Model With Dynamic Vital Sign Regulation and Real-World Scenarios to Teach Surgical Skills and Error Management. J Surg Educ. 2018 May - Jun; 75(3):820-827. Minneti M, Baker CJ, Sullivan ME. PMID: 29037823.
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    8. Type A Aortic Dissection Repair: How I Teach It. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):14-17. Cohen RG, Hackmann AE, Fleischman F, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. PMID: 28007234.
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    9. Type B Aortic Arch Interruption in an Adult. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Nov; 102(5):e431-e432. Abdoli S, Tatum JM, Fratello AL, Bowdish ME, Baker CJ. PMID: 27772600.
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    10. Impact of Moodle-Based Online Curriculum on Thoracic Surgery In-Training Examination Scores. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct; 102(4):1381-6. Antonoff MB, Verrier ED, Allen MS, Aloia L, Baker C, Fann JI, Iannettoni MD, Yang SC, Vaporciyan AA. PMID: 27262911.
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    11. Pressurized Cadaver Model in Cardiothoracic Surgical Simulation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 100(3):1118-20. Greene CL, Minneti M, Sullivan ME, Baker CJ. PMID: 26354651.
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    12. Gamification in thoracic surgical education: Using competition to fuel performance. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Nov; 150(5):1052-8. Mokadam NA, Lee R, Vaporciyan AA, Walker JD, Cerfolio RJ, Hermsen JL, Baker CJ, Mark R, Aloia L, Enter DH, Carpenter AJ, Moon MR, Verrier ED, Fann JI. PMID: 26318012.
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    13. Age-Related Outcomes of the Ross Procedure Over 20 Years. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun; 99(6):2077-83; discussion 2084-5. Bansal N, Kumar SR, Baker CJ, Lemus R, Wells WJ, Starnes VA. PMID: 25921257.
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    14. A comparison of aortic valve replacement via an anterior right minithoracotomy with standard sternotomy: a propensity score analysis of 492 patients. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Feb; 49(2):456-63. Bowdish ME, Hui DS, Cleveland JD, Mack WJ, Sinha R, Ranjan R, Cohen RG, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Barr ML, Starnes VA. PMID: 25750007.
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    15. A framework for professionalism in surgery: what is important to medical students? Am J Surg. 2014 Feb; 207(2):255-9. Sullivan ME, Trial J, Baker C, Inaba K, Etcheverry J, Nally M, Crookes P. PMID: 24239531.
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    16. Cardiothoracic surgery residency training: past, present, and future. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Oct; 146(4):759-67. Vaporciyan AA, Yang SC, Baker CJ, Fann JI, Verrier ED. PMID: 23870155.
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    17. Anomalous coronary arteries: cardiovascular computed tomographic angiography for surgical decisions and planning. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2013 Apr; 4(2):142-54. Shinbane JS, Shriki J, Fleischman F, Hindoyan A, Withey J, Lee C, Wilcox A, Cunningham M, Baker C, Matthews RV, Starnes V. PMID: 23799727.
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    18. Breast implants and minimally invasive cardiac surgery: a case series. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Jul; 69(1):10-3. Baker RY, Nguyen TJ, Hernandez AM, Wong AK, Baker CJ, Starnes VA. PMID: 21659843.
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    19. Development of a cardiac surgery simulation curriculum: from needs assessment results to practical implementation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul; 144(1):7-16. Baker CJ, Sinha R, Sullivan ME. PMID: 22502963.
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    20. Unoperated congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, nonrestrictive ventricular septal defect, and pulmonary stenosis in middle adulthood: do multiple wrongs make a right? World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2012 Jan 01; 3(1):123-9. Shinbane JS, Shriki J, Hindoyan A, Ghosh B, Chang P, Farvid A, Saxon LA, Cao M, Cesario D, Takahashi M, Colletti PM, Wilcox A, Baker C, Starnes V. PMID: 23804696.
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    21. Emergency off-pump revascularization for left main dissection in pregnancy. Am Surg. 2011 Feb; 77(2):253-5. Oki KN, Sinha R, Lee AW, Baker CJ. PMID: 21337902.
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    22. Thoracic aortic stent-grafting for acute, complicated, type B aortic dissections. Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 Apr; 25(3):333-9. Ham SW, Rowe VL, Ochoa C, Chong T, Lee WM, Baker CJ, Cohen RG, Cunningham MJ, Weaver FA, Woo K. PMID: 21276707.
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    23. Perimembranous ventricular septal defect and Gerbode defect. Echocardiography. 2010 Feb; 27(2):215-7. Blanco AA, Haddy S, Baker CJ. PMID: 20380683.
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    24. Pectus excavatum and chest pain: a case report. Cases J. 2008 Nov 25; 1(1):351. Kim RY, Baker CJ. PMID: 19032753.
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    25. Resection of giant coronary artery aneurysms in a Takayasu's arteritis patient. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May; 85(5):1795-6. Kanaan S, Baker C, Starnes V. PMID: 18442592.
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    26. Hemidiaphragm plication after repair of congenital heart defects in children: quantitative return of diaphragm function over time. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jan; 135(1):56-61. Baker CJ, Boulom V, Reemtsen BL, Rollins RC, Starnes VA, Wells WJ. PMID: 18179919.
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    27. Ascending aortic extension for enlargement of the aortopulmonary space in children with pulmonary artery stenosis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Nov; 80(5):1647-51. Baker CJ, Wells WJ, Derby CA, Rizi S, Starnes VA. PMID: 16242432.
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    28. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: perioperative complications after 253 donor lobectomies. Am J Transplant. 2004 Aug; 4(8):1283-8. Bowdish ME, Barr ML, Schenkel FA, Woo MS, Bremner RM, Horn MV, Baker CJ, Barbers RG, Wells WJ, Starnes VA. PMID: 15268729.
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    29. Needle embolism to the heart. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Mar; 77(3):1102. Baker CJ, Nigro JJ, Daggett CW, Wells WJ. PMID: 15025106.
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    30. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: recipient outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jan; 127(1):114-22. Starnes VA, Bowdish ME, Woo MS, Barbers RG, Schenkel FA, Horn MV, Pessotto R, Sievers EM, Baker CJ, Cohen RG, Bremner RM, Wells WJ, Barr ML. PMID: 14752421.
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    31. Depopulated vena caval homograft: a new venous conduit. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2003 Aug; 126(2):498-503. Wells W, Malas M, Baker CJ, Quardt SM, Barr ML. PMID: 12928650.
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