John W. Baker, MD, FACS, is Senior Past President of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the largest association in the world dedicated to this particular specialty. He is also a past board member and past president of the ASMBS Foundation.
Dr. Baker is a leading expert in the surgical treatment of obesity. He has performed more than 2,500 weight loss surgical procedures during his career. He is also an active member of several other professional associations and societies including the American College of Surgeons, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolism (IFSOM), the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and the American Medical Association
Currently, he is a solo practitioner and serves as the medical director for Baptist Medical Center’s Baptist Health Weight Loss Center, as well as co-director of the hospital’s bariatric surgery program in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He is working with Operation New Life on mission trips to Honduras helping with advanced laparoscopic techniques with the attending surgeons and surgical residents at the Hospital Escuela medical school in Tegucigalpa.
Dr. Baker has co-authored numerous studies and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Trauma, Obesity Surgery and Surgical Forum. He has also made numerous presentations on trauma and obesity surgery topics. Dr. Baker has worked with the Arkansas State Medical Board and was asked to lead a committee to establish a list of complications for mandated informed patient consent for gastric bypass surgery with the Arkansas General Assembly in 2003.
Dr. Baker graduated from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in a six-year accelerated M.D. program, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 and a medical degree from LSU Medical Center-Shreveport in 1983. He completed both his internship and residency at LSU Hospital in 1983 and 1988, and also served as chief resident of general surgery.
He practices and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his wife Melissa and his two children.
Skye has been with the practice since 2013. She not only provides medical assistant services to our patients, but also works in a primary capacity in the front office. Skye enjoys volunteering as an EMT assistant and spending time with her daughter.
Courtney plays a dual role in the practice. Not only is she our dietician, but she is also the Lead Patient Coordinator. She helps facilitate the entire process from enrollment to surgery and is there to assist with any nutritional needs post surgery as well. Courtney has been with the practice since 2003. She has a vast amount of experience with outpatient nutritional counseling and enjoys helping people understand that eating healthy doesn't have to be a bad thing. Nutritional counseling is provided in one on one and/or group sessions and both are tailored to suit your needs.
Courtney is married and enjoys cooking, walking, and spending time with her family.
Mattie joined our team in May of 2007 as our patient accounts representative after working with our office during a college internship. Mattie handles all patient accounts, and insurance filing and appeals processes. Mattie does an excellent job of staying on top of the billing issues and is a great resource for any patient experiencing billing challenges. Congratulations Mattie on receiving your CCS-P certification!
"It's an honor to work with someone I consider to be one of the greatest surgeons in America."
Mattie lives in North Little Rock with her son. She says her hobbies vary on a day to day basis, depending on what her son wants to participate in.
Kim is a Little Rock native. She has a degree in Business Management as well as 25+ years of medical management experience, 11 of which were gained at Baptist Health in the IT department. She greatly enjoys working in the patient-friendly environment at Dr. Baker's office and seeing lives transformed only a daily basis!
Kim is married and enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and family.