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Whether my patients undergo surgery or a conservative treatment, the most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing the joy in their faces after a successful outcome.

Dr. Baker is board certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction. With a focus on patient education, Dr. Baker works with patients to ensure they fully understand their orthopedic options and outcomes. Dr. Baker’s additional training in ultrasound imaging allows him to care for patients who have MRI contraindications due to pacemakers, foreign metal in their bodies or severe claustrophobia.

As an expert in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine, Dr. Baker has delivered more than 10 lectures nationally, has authored several book chapters and received numerous awards and accolades.

As an advocate for sports medicine and injury prevention, Dr. Baker served as the orthopedic and sports medicine physician for the Tampa Bay Storm, Wesley Chapel High School and Zephyrhills High School, and has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburg Panthers, World Wrestling Entertainment and the Colorado Rockies.

Dr. Baker is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Baker’s personal interests are playing golf, travel and spending time with his two young children.


Dr. Baker is outstanding. He listens, gets to the point, doesn’t use medical jargon and put my friend at ease. He also helped her knee pain.

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I wanted to take a moment to express my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Christopher Baker and his exemplary Administrative Assistant, Emily Oakley. In a very unexpected manner, I injured my knee which left me unable to walk. As an independent career woman, mother and spouse, at 47 the experience of such an injury can not only be physically painful, but also emotionally trying. I contacted Dr. Baker who had done a fantastic job with my ACL replacement and spoke with Emily who assisted me with getting an immediate appointment, an MRI and she also worked efficiently with my employer to ensure they received all necessary documentation before, during and after my care. Dr. Baker’s staff Nina and all his front desk personnel are very friendly and provide great customer service.

I was diagnosed with a (L) knee tibial plateau fracture (no operation needed) and Emily’s efforts of providing my employer and insurance company with needed documentation, allowed me to focus on healing as opposed to worrying about obtaining all supportive forms. Emily also assisted me with arranging for my PT once I was able to bear weight and she followed up with me to ensure that I was doing well. I also want to thank Dr. Baker for his excellent care, direction and compassion. I’m truly grateful that the Florida Orthopaedic Institute has skilled, experienced and patient friendly doctors such as, Dr. Baker. Dr. Baker genuinely exhibits that his primary goal is for the care of his patients and his expertise will enable them to maintain if not improve their quality of life after injuries and/or surgery. I cannot express my THANK YOU enough for the phenomenal care that I received from both Dr. Baker and Emily, as their dedication to patient care has allowed me to regain my independence and not just maintain, but I’ve improved the quality of life for both myself and my family.


Michelle I.


  • Fellowship, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Reconstruction, Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Medical Degree, Cum Laude, University of Florida

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