New faculty spotlight: Craig Baker, MD

October 05, 2020

Image with caption: Craig Baker, MD

Craig Baker, MD

Craig Baker, MD, is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Craig Baker, MD
  • Hometown: Omaha
  • Title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pediatrics and the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation

Research/professional interests:

  • Newborn screening program implementation
  • Computational analysis of medically significant genetic variation
  • Correlation of genotype with biochemical phenotypes
  • Therapeutics for single gene disorders

How I fell in love with genetics and metabolism: I majored in computer science before attending medical school at Creighton University. This sparked a desire to utilize programming in medicine and drew me to genetics. While training in a combined pediatrics-medical genetics residency, I discovered my passion for the diagnostic work-up and treatment of patients with inborn errors of metabolism. The most rewarding experiences have been the ability to intervene in management. This is a specialty of rare and difficult diagnoses that allows opportunities to help patients and their families in their journey.

Education:

  • MD, Creighton University, Omaha, 2015
  • Residency, pediatrics-medical genetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2019
  • Fellowship, medical biochemical genetics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 2020

Memberships:

  • American College of Medical Genetics
  • Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  • American Medical Association

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I am a poor trip planner, but a good travel companion.
  • Despite having no team from Nebraska, the NBA is my favorite league.
  • I still play video games with my college friends.

Clinic location:
Children's Specialty Pediatric Center
111 N, 84th St.
Omaha, Nebraska
Munroe-Meyer Institute Diagnostic Center
412 S. Saddle Creek Road
Omaha, Nebraska

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