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William A. Baumgartner, M.D.

The Vincent L. Gott Professor
Professor of Surgery

Male

Titles

  • The Vincent L. Gott Professor
  • Director, Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory
  • Vice-Dean, Clinical Affairs of The Johns Hopkins University
  • President, Johns Hopkins Clinical Practice Association
  • Professor of Surgery

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Contact for Research Inquiries

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Edward D. Miller Research Building
733 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205 map
Phone: 410-955-2144
Fax: 410-502-9686

Expertise

Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes analyses; Simulation; Cardiac transplantation; Lung preservation; Neurological protection during cardiopulmonary bypass

Biography

William A. Baumgartner joined Johns Hopkins’ Cardiac Surgery Division in 1982. The following year he reinitiated the heart transplant program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which has grown into one of the leading centers in the surgical treatment of heart failure in the country. For 17 years, he led the Division as the Cardiac Surgeon-in-Charge. Today he serves on the cardiac surgery faculty as the Vincent L. Gott Professor and Director of the Cardiac Surgical Research Laboratory.

Past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Dr. Baumgartner has held top posts in several other national and international professional organizations. He is currently the Executive Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

His early work focused on organ preservation for transplantation and determination of methods for the non-invasive diagnosis of rejection.  He has since been involved in the field of neurological protection in cardiac surgery for which he has had continuous NIH support for the past 20 years. In 2002, he received the Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award from The National Institutes of Health. In 2003 and 2009, he received the Socrates Teacher of the Year Award from the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association and in 2008 the STS presented him with the Earl Bakken Scientific Research Award. In 2009, he received the Heritage Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.

Dr. Baumgartner is also the President of the Clinical Practice Association (CPA) of the Johns Hopkins University which is a group practice of over 1,700 full-time faculty members who provide medical care to patients. In this role, he is responsible for planning, managing, and coordinating the clinical and administrative activities of the Association. In 2011, he was appointed JHM Senior Vice President for the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. This office broadens the scope of responsibilities to include all employed and affiliated physicians within JHM.

A graduate of Xavier University and of the University of Kentucky Medical School, Dr. Baumgartner received his surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center. His bibliography includes more than 380 journal articles, book chapters and books. He is married to Betsy Baumgartner and has 3 accomplished children, Bill Jr., Amy and Mark and 6 wonderful grandchildren.

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    Clinical Trial Keywords: Neurological outcomes, neuro protection, simulation, lung preservation

    Selected Publications

    His early work focused on organ preservation for transplantation and determination of methods for the non-invasive diagnosis of rejection. He has since been involved in the field of neurological protection in cardiac surgery for which he has had continuous NIH support for the past 16 years. In 2002, he received the Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health.
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    Honors

    • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1972
    • Maryland Affiliate Allstar Award, American Heart Association, 1994
    • Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award, 2000
    • Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award, 2000
    • Award for Best Resident Paper, Thoracic Surgery Directors, 2001
    • Socrates Teacher of the Year, Thoracic Surgery Residents Association, 2003
    • Health Service Leadership Award, Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2004
    • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association, 2007
    • Earl Bakken Scientific Research Award, 2008
    • Mentoring Award, American Heart Association - Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia, 2008

    Memberships

    • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
    • American College of Cardiology
      Fellowship
    • American College of Chest Physicians
      Fellowship
    • American College of Surgeons
      Fellowship
    • American Medical Association
    • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
    • American Surgical Association
    • Association for Academic Surgery
    • Baltimore Academy of Surgery
    • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
    • Halsted Society
    • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
    • Medical & Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland
    • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
    • Society of University Surgeons
    • Southern Surgical Association
    • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
    • Transplantation Society
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