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William Anthony Baumgartner, MD

The Vincent L. Gott Professor
Professor of Surgery
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  • 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

Centers & Institutes

  • Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Service


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

Research Interests

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


William A. Baumgartner joined the 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 Surgical Research Laboratory. Dr. Baumgartner is also the President of the Clinical Practice Association (CPA) of The Johns Hopkins University.His bibliography includes more than 300 journal articles, book chapters and books. He is married to Betsy Baumgartner and has 3 accomplished children, Bill, Jr., Amy and Mark.


  • English


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

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Neurological outcomes, neuro protection, simulation, lung preservation

Additional Resources

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  • Education +


    • University of Kentucky College of Medicine (1973)


    • Stanford Health Care - Cardiothoracic Surgery (1979)
    • Stanford Health Care - Surgery (1981)
    • Stanford Health Care - Surgery (1975)


    • Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (2001)
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery (1990)
    • Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery (1990)
  • Research & Publications +

    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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  • Activities & Honors +


    Alpha Omega Alpha, 1972
    American Heart Association - Maryland Affiliate Allstar Award, 1994
    Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award, 2000
    Thoracic Surgery Directors Award for Best Resident Paper, 2001
    Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Socrates Teacher of the Year, 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
    Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award 2000
    American Heart Association - Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Mentoring Award November 11, 2008

    Professional Activities

    Past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and previous member of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee. In 2003 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 Society of Thoracic Surgeons presented him with the Earl Bakken Scientific Research Award.
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower Room Suite 7107
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-5248
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-2800
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    • Surgery - Cardiac Surgery

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