John R. Baker, MD, PhD, a leading expert in the fields of neuroendovascular surgery, neuro imaging and critical care neurology, has been appointed medical director of the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Neurovascular Center and the Neuroscience ICU in Norfolk, Va.
Dr. Baker comes to Bon Secours from UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he specialized in neurology and endovascular surgery. Previous positions include director of the Mercy Neurovascular Center, clinical associate professor at UPMC and instructor in neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
“Dr. Baker brings unparalleled qualifications to his position as director of the Neurovascular Center,” said John Barrett, chief executive officer for Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. “He is one of only a handful of neuro endovascular surgeons in the country with such broad expertise. His experience in both bedside treatment and cutting-edge research will be of great benefit to our patients who suffer from brain and spinal illnesses and injuries.”
As the leader of the Bon Secours NeuroInterventional team, Dr. Baker focuses on the treatment of cerebrovascular disease including acute stroke, angioplasty and stenting for carotid and vertebrobasilar revascularization. He also performs procedures including brain aneurysm coiling, arteriovenuous malformation, tumor embolization and sclerotherapy, as well as spine kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty.
“I’m thrilled to be with Bon Secours which is doing a wonderful job of bringing the most advanced technology, as well as top-notch personnel, to help treat (stroke) patients in Hampton Roads,” Dr. Baker said. “We have a highly skilled and dedicated team with the ability to make the most of that technology and improve the lives of our patients.”
The team is centered at the new Bon Secours Neurovascular Suite at DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk. More than $4 million was invested in the state-of-the art procedure suite. Dr. Baker said, “The suite is a state-of-the-art design with a layout that allows us to accommodate very advanced cases with the potential of doing both minimally invasive endovascular procedures and open surgical procedures.”
The minimally invasive approach, as opposed to open procedures, benefits patients by shortening hospital stays and allowing people to return to their normal activities sooner.
Dr. Baker received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in neurology as well fellowships in radiology, endovascular surgical neuroradiology, and vascular and critical care neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham And Women’s Hospital.
He earned a doctoral degree in electrical engineering and neurobiology from University of California, Berkeley, and received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Cincinnati. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Baker’s research interests include the investigation of interventional neuroradiology and endovascular neurosurgery techniques. “My research, focusing on brain activity using functional neuroimaging, is aimed to provide more effective care during the management of and recovery from neurovascular disease,” he said.
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