Craig J. Baker

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Areas of treatment:

Congenital Heart Disease
Cardiac Transplantation
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Valve Repair and Replacement
Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Thoracic Surgery


  • Department of Surgery


  • English

Craig J. Baker, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. Baker 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. He has 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 Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. While at Childrens 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 remains involved in cardiovascular research and directs the residents teaching curriculum. Dr. Baker has ongoing interest in pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, cardiac transplantation, coronary artery bypass grafting and valve repair and replacement.


Tulane University College of Arts and Sciences, B.S. Biology, New Orleans, LA, 1991
Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., 1991


University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1995 - 1996


General Surgery (USC School of Medicine), 1996 - 1998
Research Fellow (USC School of Medicine), 1998 - 2000
General Surgery (USC Department of Surgery), 2000 - 2001
Chief Resident (USC Department of Surgery), 2000 - 2002
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (USC) 2002 - 2005


Congenital Fellow, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery (CHLA), 2005 - 2006


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Professional society memberships:

Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2007


Tulane University College of Arts and Sciences: Phi Beta Kappa, 1991; Magna Cum Laude, 1991; Departmental Honors in Biology, 1991
Georgetown University School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha, 1995
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine: Recognition of Outstanding Teaching As A House Officer, Sept. 1999; Jeanine Chalabian, M.D. Most Innovative Teaching Award, 2002 - 2003