Carissa Baker-Smith, MD
Dr. Carissa Baker-Smith MS, MPH, FAHA, FAAP, is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist who specializes in prevention, quality improvement and advanced heart failure/pediatric transplantation. Dr. Baker-Smith was recognized as one of Baltimore’s Top Docs 2016. She is also the recipient of other awards, including the National Coalition of Black Women Torchbearer Award for her work in Pediatric Cardiology. After completing her undergraduate studies (major: mathematics) at Howard University in Washington DC, Dr. Baker-Smith attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she obtained her Medical Doctorate (MD) and then a master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She carried out basic science work in the area of angiogenesis.
She went on to complete her pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC). While completing her pediatric cardiology fellow at Duke, she simultaneously completed a research fellowship at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and a master’s of public health degree in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In 2010, Dr. Baker-Smith joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Baker-Smith has combined her research training with her interest in quality improvement to design, implement (statistical analyses) and publish work related to quality improvement in children with congenital heart disease.
Dr. Baker-Smith is an active contributor to several quality improvement initiatives and national projects. She has served as a member of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC), the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium, and Congenital heart disease advisory committee (CCHD) for implementation of pulse oximetry screening in the state of Maryland. She remains actively involved in several quality improvement initiatives, including creation of quality metrics for ambulatory care of children with congenital heart disease and she is a co-author of the 2017 pediatric hypertension guidelines, just to name a few.
Dr. Baker-Smith’s clinical interests include pediatric hypertension, cardiovascular genetics, and cardiac transplantation. Her currently research interests include pediatric hypertension, methods for assessing cardiovascular risk among youth using non-invasive approaches and improvements in the care and outcomes of pediatric cardiac transplantation patients. Dr. Baker-Smith is a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), and an active members of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT). She is a co- author of the American Academy of Pediatrics Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP)for Pediatric Hypertension and a selected member of the AHA Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in the Young (AHOY) committee.