Dr. Jeffrey Baker, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Baker, MD

Bariatric Surgery  ·  
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Age 59
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Dr. Jeffrey Baker, MD is a bariatric surgery specialist in Chaska, MN and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from University Of Mn Med Sch in 1987 and specializes in bariatric surgery and general surgery.Read his story

111 Hundertmark Rd Ste 115N

Chaska, MN 55318

Contact Information

(952) 442-7820

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • 21 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Baker performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Obesity
very high
more than 93% of peers
Stomach Surgery
normal
more than 65% of peers
Sleeve Gastrectomy
normal
more than 65% of peers

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Dr. Baker's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Baker "Why I Chose to Become a Bariatric Surgeon"When I was coming to the end of my residency, my father and I had a conversation about his experience as a bariatric surgeon. He told me that I would never find a specialty that was more rewarding and, fourteen years later, I could not agree more. To be a witness to the dramatic changes people make in their lives - not just physically, but emotionally and psychologically, is truly profound. I am so fortunate to be a part of their such life-changing experience and I really look forward to seeing every patient back and hearing about their own journey."Favorite Fun Fact about Weight Loss..."With every one pound of weight loss a patient experiences, they will carry five pounds less on their knee joint. with a 100 pound weight loss, you'll feel 500 pounds lighter!"What's on the Horizon for Weight Loss Surgery...Bariatric surgery continues to evolve and change, both in technique and surgical options, as well as insurance coverage for surgery. In my career, I have seen the pendalum swing from insurance covering bariatric surgery with limited criteria requirements, to much more stringent requirements with very limited coverage. Bariatric surgeons and programs across Minnesota are doing everything we can to effect changes - and I believe we have a stong arguement. Research demonstrates that bariatric surgery is the most effectivetreatment of the disease of obesity and, the fact of the matter is, obesity IS a disease (This was finally recognized by the American Medical Assocation in June of 2013). With this in mind, I believe change is on the way. Additionally, there is a great deal of interest in bariatric surgery treatment for diabetes. In 90 % of my Roux en Y and Sleeve patients, that patient, immediately following surgery has remission of their disease - without any weight lost. We don't know why this happens, just that it does. We simply call it the "Miracle of the Operation." Just as exciting, this is also true for patients with hypertension. 90% of patients that had high blood pressure before surgery, leave the Hospital the following day without medication. I believe that insurance carriers will begin to look at the cost of treating diabetes - and hopefully hypertension as well - and begin to cover bariatric surgery for patients with a BMI less than 35. It always comes down to the bottom line and providing coverage would be a cost benefit in the long run. Treating either diabetes or hypertension over a two year period would cover the cost of the procedure. Quite frankly, It simply makes sense (no pun intented). Finally, there is always innovation on the horizon, and this is very true in the field of medicine. Just this month the FDA approved the gastric balloon procedure. Although the next step is to have insurance companies get on board to cover this procedure, this is an exciting new option for patients with a BMI between 30 and 40 with one qualifying comorbid condition. More to come on this but it does demonstrate that there are many new ideas coming to fruition. I currently sit on the boards of two medical device companies and there a great deal of enthusiasm for some new and exciting procedure choices in the future."

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Baker "Dr. Baker recognizes that obesity is a complex and multifactorial disease.  He understands the importance of supporting each patient not just up to the surgery itself but for years to follow to ensure each patient the greatest opportunity for success.  This level of care and understanding has resulted in the Baker name being associated with excellent outcomes as well providing a great referral base for friends and family members."

2  Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

6  Conditions Treated

18  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Minnesota.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of Mn Med Sch
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Baker has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Baker's Reviews

5.0
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Baker to family and friends
7 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (7)

  • 5
    (7)
  • 4
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  • 3
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Dr. Baker's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Baker Says:
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Having joined Ridgeview Medical Clinics in November of 2017, I am really excited to continue to off outstanding care to all of my patients as well to provide care for new patients that are just starting upon their own weight loss journey.  I am grateful to be working with a comprehensive team of professionals whose goal is to provide exceptional care to every patient.  With nearly 2600 procedures to date, I have the

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