Linda Baker, M.D.

Interim Chief of Pediatric Urology

Professor

Department: Urology, Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth & Development

Graduate Programs: Genetics and Development

Biography

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Dr. Linda A. Baker is a Board-Certified fellowship-trained Pediatric Urologist who has specialized in patient care and study of developmental biology of the normal genitourinary tract and congenital genitourinary birth defects.

After completion of a Urology Residency at the University of Virginia, Dr. Baker studied the molecular basis of genitourinary development as an American Foundation of Urologic Disease Research Scholar. Following this, Dr. Baker trained as a Pediatric Urology Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and subsequently accepted the position as Assistant Professor of Urology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1999.

She is now a Professor and the Interim Chief of Pediatric Urology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

As Director of Pediatric Urologic Research she has created a functional productive molecular biology laboratory studying the impact of genetics on pediatric urologic diseases. She has published and spoken extensively in her areas of clinical and research interest.

Clinically, she specializes in performing reconstructive, laparoscopic kidney and testis surgery, disorders of sexual development, and complex genitourinary reconstructions.

Education

Medical School University of Louisville School of Medicine (1989)
Internship University of Virginia Health System (1991), General Surgery
Residency University of Virginia Health System (1995), Urology
Fellowship University of Virginia Health System (1997), Nephrology
Fellowship Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1999), Pediatric Urology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interests

  • Congenital Urological Abnormalities
  • Hypospadias/Penile Abnormalities
  • Reconstructive Urologic Surgery
  • Undescended Testes/Tesits Torsion

Research Interests

  • Causes of disorders of sexual development
  • Causes of hypospadias
  • Causes of undescended testes and testicular torsion
  • Genetic Basis of Prune Belly Syndrome
  • Inherited or familial birth defects of the genitourinary tract
  • Pediatric renal stone disease

Publications

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Honors/Awards

  • John W. Duckett, MD Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award
    Awarded by the American Urologic Association Urology Care Foundation (2014)
  • America's Top Surgeons
    Consumer's Research Council of America (2012)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas
    D Magazine 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, and (2012)
  • SWIU/SBUR Award for Excellence in Urologic Research
    (2011)
  • Top Doctors
    US News & World Report (2011)
  • Texas Super Doctors
    Texas Monthly Magazine 2010-2013 (2010)
  • 2nd Place Clinical Poster Prize
    European Society for Pediatric Urology (2005)
  • First Prize Research Award
    Engineering and Urology Society (2004)
  • AAP Section of Urology Basic Research Prize Finalist
    (2002)
  • Merck Younger Investigator Award
    Society for Basic Urological Research (2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Human Genetics (2010)
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons (2002)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Urology, 2001 (2001)
  • Society for Basic Urological Research (2001)
  • Society for Pediatric Urology (2001)
  • American Urological Association (1997)
  • Society for Fetal Urology (1997)