Dr. John Baker, MD

Dr. John Baker, MD

Bariatric Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. John Baker, MD is a bariatric surgery doctor who practices in Conway, AR. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 34 years. Read his story

1555 Exchange Ave Fl Third

Conway, AR 72032

Contact Information

(501) 329-1415

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • 8 More

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Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
more than 72% of peers
more than 66% of peers
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
more than 66% of peers

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Dr. Baker's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Baker "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"

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Baker "If you have been significantly overweight for very long, I am sure you already know that the key is not in the losing of the weight, but in the maintaining of the weight loss. Bariatric surgery for the treatment of obesity is a starting point. It will not miraculously change those factors which have contributed to obesity. Long term success will require change! We are here to help you help yourself!"


  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Obesity


  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Diet Counseling
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arkansas.

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.


  • Louisiana State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
  • La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Lsu Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Lsu Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988

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

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Baker to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Baker's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Hot Springs National Park, AR |
Dr Baker is harsh and requires a lot of his patients to start with. This pushed me to make the changes in my life that I might not have otherwise done. I thought I was doing enough but I wasnt. He asked me hard questions which were difficult to look at but they helped me deal with life AFTER surgery. Is he a hardass? Yes. Is he the best one for the job? Yes. Be ready for some hard truths and strong encouragement.
in All |
Worse experience ever. Scheduled surgery twice and with no thanks to Courtney I was left out to deal with it myself. If I was you I would highly consider another doctor and staff. No issues with Dr. Baker but Courtney is very unorganized and is slow is doing her part. If you talk to Courtney ask her about twistle and see how she responds to this since she refers clients to this app as a way to communicstr with her and the doctors office doesn't even manage the twistle account. Very disappointing
in Little Rock, AR |
Dr. Baker expresses through every aspect of his professional and personal life his passion for his patients to choose for themselves a healthy lifestyle. He is completely forthcoming with his patients in regards to choosing a baratric procedure. He sincerely desires only the best for each of his patients. I personally hold the highest respect for him. He performed a laparoscopic gastric bypass of which I received nothing but his very best. Yes, I highly recommend him to anyone. Teresa Crawford
Little Rock, AR |
Dr Baker is a highly skilled surgeon. Dr Baker is genuine, and committed to patient safety and quality. I have been a critical care RN for almost 25 years and he is my first choice as a surgeon.
in Texarkana, AR |
Courtney and dr baker are very unorganized and unhelpful/he is arrogant and his demeanor is rude and cocky and she is too. I have had this surgery scheduled twice and the first time he cancelled because he just didn't want to do it that week. I have been bending over backwards for the past six months with their ridiculous expectations. I am not going to use him, will pay out of pocket for a better surgeon without the help of my insurance/he acts as if he is a psychiatrist and God
in Little Rock, AR |
Dr. Baker has been my surgeon since 1991. After multiple cancers, he has done everyone of my surgeries. I trust him completely and would not want to use another surgeon. I am sad he is taking his practice to Conway.
in Batesville,AR |
he has given me another chance at a healthy life, when problems arise he is always helpful and gets it taken care of, he also follows up with phone calls, i would tell any and everyone to go to him, and I do. Thank you Dr. Baker and staff...
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Dr. Baker accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
    Managed Care
    Medicaid Assignment
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Qualchoice
    Qualchoice PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wells Fargo Insurance

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