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Craig J. Baker, MD

TitleProfessor of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar)
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentSurgery
Address1520 San Pablo St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 5849
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    Dr. Baker is the Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

    He received his medical degree from Georgetown University, followed by 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. After a three-year cardiothoracic residency at the Keck School of Medicine, 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 Dr. Vaughn Starnes. The following year Dr. Baker accepted a position in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine.

    In addition to clinical responsibilities, Dr. Baker is an internationally recognized leader in thoracic surgery education and serves as director the thoracic surgery training program. Dr. Baker has co-authored numerous papers on reperfusion injury, lung transplantation, beating heart surgery, living lobar lung transplantation, and pediatric cardiac surgery.


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    1. Luc JGY, Verrier ED, Allen MS, Aloia L, Baker C, Fann JI, Iannettoni MD, Yang SC, Vaporciyan AA, Antonoff MB. 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 Apr 18. PMID: 29764685.
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    2. Gray WH, Patel R, Baker C, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. Resection of Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the Ventricular Septum Causing Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Mar; 105(3):e107-e108. PMID: 29455819.
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    3. Gray WH, Fleischman F, Cunningham MJ, Kim AW, Baker C, Starnes VA, McFadden PM. Optimal Approach for Repair of Left Atrial-Esophageal Fistula Complicating Radiofrequency Ablation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 May; 105(5):e229-e231. PMID: 29410186.
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    4. Fleischman F, Elsayed RS, Cohen RG, Tatum JM, Kumar SR, Kazerouni K, Mack WJ, Barr ML, Cunningham MJ, Hackmann AE, Baker C, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. Selective Aortic Arch and Root Replacement in Repair of Acute Type A Aortic Dissection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb; 105(2):505-512. PMID: 29103584.
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    5. Minneti M, Baker C, Sullivan ME. 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. PMID: 29037823.
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    6. Cohen RG, Hackmann AE, Fleischman F, Baker C, Cunningham MJ, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. Type A Aortic Dissection Repair: How I Teach It. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):14-17. PMID: 28007234.
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    7. Abdoli S, Tatum JM, Fratello AL, Bowdish ME, Baker C. Type B Aortic Arch Interruption in an Adult. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Nov; 102(5):e431-e432. PMID: 27772600.
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    8. Antonoff MB, Verrier ED, Allen MS, Aloia L, Baker C, Fann JI, Iannettoni MD, Yang SC, Vaporciyan AA. Impact of Moodle-Based Online Curriculum on Thoracic Surgery In-Training Examination Scores. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct; 102(4):1381-6. PMID: 27262911.
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    9. Greene CL, Minneti M, Sullivan ME, Baker C. Pressurized Cadaver Model in Cardiothoracic Surgical Simulation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 100(3):1118-20. PMID: 26354651.
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    10. Mokadam NA, Lee R, Vaporciyan AA, Walker JD, Cerfolio RJ, Hermsen JL, Baker C, Mark R, Aloia L, Enter DH, Carpenter AJ, Moon MR, Verrier ED, Fann JI. Gamification in thoracic surgical education: Using competition to fuel performance. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Nov; 150(5):1052-8. PMID: 26318012.
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    11. Bansal N, Kumar SR, Baker C, Lemus R, Wells WJ, Starnes VA. Age-Related Outcomes of the Ross Procedure Over 20 Years. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun; 99(6):2077-83; discussion 2084-5. PMID: 25921257.
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    12. Bowdish ME, Hui DS, Cleveland JD, Mack WJ, Sinha R, Ranjan R, Cohen RG, Baker C, Cunningham MJ, Barr ML, Starnes VA. 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. PMID: 25750007; PMCID: PMC4711701 [Available on 02/01/17].
    13. Sullivan ME, Trial J, Baker C, Inaba K, Etcheverry J, Nally M, Crookes P. A framework for professionalism in surgery: what is important to medical students? Am J Surg. 2014 Feb; 207(2):255-9. PMID: 24239531.
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    14. Vaporciyan AA, Yang SC, Baker C, Fann JI, Verrier ED. Cardiothoracic surgery residency training: past, present, and future. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Oct; 146(4):759-67. PMID: 23870155.
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    15. Shinbane JS, Shriki J, Fleischman F, Hindoyan A, Withey J, Lee C, Wilcox A, Cunningham M, Baker C, Matthews RV, Starnes V. Anomalous coronary arteries: cardiovascular computed tomographic angiography for surgical decisions and planning. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2013 Apr; 4(2):142-54. PMID: 23799727.
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    16. Baker RY, Nguyen TJ, Hernandez AM, Wong AK, Baker C, Starnes VA. Breast implants and minimally invasive cardiac surgery: a case series. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Jul; 69(1):10-3. PMID: 21659843.
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    17. Baker C, Sinha R, Sullivan ME. Development of a cardiac surgery simulation curriculum: from needs assessment results to practical implementation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul; 144(1):7-16. PMID: 22502963.
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    18. 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. 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. PMID: 23804696.
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    19. Oki KN, Sinha R, Lee AW, Baker C. Emergency off-pump revascularization for left main dissection in pregnancy. Am Surg. 2011 Feb; 77(2):253-5. PMID: 21337902.
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    20. Ham SW, Rowe VL, Ochoa C, Chong T, Lee WM, Baker C, Cohen RG, Cunningham MJ, Weaver FA, Woo K. Thoracic aortic stent-grafting for acute, complicated, type B aortic dissections. Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 Apr; 25(3):333-9. PMID: 21276707.
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    21. Blanco AA, Haddy S, Baker C. Perimembranous ventricular septal defect and Gerbode defect. Echocardiography. 2010 Feb; 27(2):215-7. PMID: 20380683.
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    22. Kim RY, Baker C. Pectus excavatum and chest pain: a case report. Cases J. 2008 Nov 25; 1(1):351. PMID: 19032753; PMCID: PMC2607258.
    23. Kanaan S, Baker C, Starnes V. Resection of giant coronary artery aneurysms in a Takayasu's arteritis patient. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May; 85(5):1795-6. PMID: 18442592.
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    24. Baker C, Boulom V, Reemtsen BL, Rollins RC, Starnes VA, Wells WJ. 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. PMID: 18179919.
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    25. Baker C, Wells WJ, Derby CA, Rizi S, Starnes VA. Ascending aortic extension for enlargement of the aortopulmonary space in children with pulmonary artery stenosis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Nov; 80(5):1647-51. PMID: 16242432.
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    26. Bowdish ME, Barr ML, Schenkel FA, Woo MS, Bremner RM, Horn MV, Baker C, Barbers RG, Wells WJ, Starnes VA. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: perioperative complications after 253 donor lobectomies. Am J Transplant. 2004 Aug; 4(8):1283-8. PMID: 15268729.
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    27. Baker C, Nigro JJ, Daggett CW, Wells WJ. Needle embolism to the heart. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Mar; 77(3):1102. PMID: 15025106.
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    28. Starnes VA, Bowdish ME, Woo MS, Barbers RG, Schenkel FA, Horn MV, Pessotto R, Sievers EM, Baker C, Cohen RG, Bremner RM, Wells WJ, Barr ML. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: recipient outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jan; 127(1):114-22. PMID: 14752421.
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    29. Wells W, Malas M, Baker C, Quardt SM, Barr ML. Depopulated vena caval homograft: a new venous conduit. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2003 Aug; 126(2):498-503. PMID: 12928650.
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