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Linda A. Baker, MD is a Professor of Urology, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a Board-certified Pediatric Urologist, Children's Health.  After UVA urology residency (1989-1995), she was an American Foundation for Urological Disease Research Scholar (1995-1997) and completed a pediatric urology postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (1997-1999). After joining UTSW (1999), she created a thriving pediatric urology research program NIH funded since 2001.  Clinically, she specializes in complex genitourinary surgical reconstruction and contributes to new discoveries for children with prune belly syndrome; kidney stones, disorders of sexual development; cryptorchidism; testicular torsion; and congenital female vaginal anomalies.  With a personalized medicine approach, her research team recruits individuals affected with these problems and performs cutting edge DNA testing using next generation sequencing technologies to discover their causes.  She has served on numerous ad hoc and standing NIH study sections, is the Society for Pediatric Urology Research Grants Committee chair, is on the AUA Practice Guidelines Committee, and was past chair of the AUA Research Grants and Investigator Support Committee. She has authored 23 book chapters and >120 publications, has a medical device patent, has held 29 visiting professorships nationally/internationally, and helped coauthor the 2014 AUA Practice Guidelines on cryptorchidism.  As a national leader in corrective vaginal surgery, she has been Course Director since 2013 for the international live surgery training course webinar, "Vaginoplasty for Birth Defects of Surgical Complications and the Oral Buccal Mucosa Technique."  She also compassionately treats children with testicular torsion and kidney stones and directs the Pediatric Kidney Stone Center at Children’s Health Dallas.  She is a Castle Connolly "Top Doctors” 2014-2019, a Texas Monthly magazine’s “Texas Top Doctors” 2010–2019 and named D Magazine “Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas” since 2004.  Dr. Baker lives in Southlake, Texas, USA with her dear husband and has two beautiful grown children.


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

Research Interest

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


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Ch. 14, Laparoscopy and Cryptorchidism, pp 161-176. In Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pediatric Urology

Baker, L.A., Lorenzo, A.J., Jordan, G.H., and Docimo, S.G. (2005). Oxfordshire, OX, UK, Taylor & Francis

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)
  • SWIU/SBUR Award for Excellence in Urologic Research
  • Top Doctors
    US News & World Report (2011)
  • Texas Super Doctors
    Texas Monthly Magazine 2010-2014 (2010)
  • 2nd Place Clinical Poster Prize
    European Society for Pediatric Urology (2005)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas
    D Magazine 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (2004-2014)
  • First Prize Research Award
    Engineering and Urology Society (2004)
  • AAP Section of Urology Basic Research Prize Finalist
  • Society for Basic Urologic Research/Merck Young Investigator Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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