• Carol J. Baker, MD

    Baker Carol

    Department or Service

    Department of Pediatric Medicine, Infectious Disease


    Infectious Disease

    Primary Location

    Texas Children's Hospital

    Contact Information

    1102 Bates St.
    Suite 1120
    Houston, TX 77030
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    Phone: 832-824-4330

    Professor, Molecular Virology & Microbiology - Baylor College of Medicine

    Medical School

    Baylor College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1968


    University of Southern California Medical Center, Pediatrics, 1969


    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, 1971


    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Disease, 1973
    Harvard Medical School, Research Fellowship, 1974

    From Dr. Baker

    Dr. Baker’s research is focused on neonatal infections and vaccine-preventable diseases.  Currently she is the Principal Investigator of a NIH-sponsored phase 2 study of the safety and immunogenicity of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine in pregnant women, a Co-Investigator of an evaluation of post-partum Tdap vaccine with cocooning of family contacts to prevent pertussis in infants <4 months of age, and a CDC-sponsored multi-center project determining the vaccine-effectiveness of rotavirus vaccines.

    Professional Organizations

    • Infectious Diseases Society of America
    • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Society for Pediatric Research
    • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
      Board Member

    Selected Publications

    Healy CM, Rench MA, Baker CJ.  Implementation of cocooning against pertussis in a high-risk populationClinical Infectious Diseases 2011 Jan 15;52(2):157-62.  PMID: 21288837.

    Castagnini LA, Healy CM, Rench MA, Wootton SH, Munoz FM, Baker CJImpact of maternal postpartum tetanus and diphtheria toxoids and acellular pertussis immunization on infant pertussis infection.  Clinical Infectious Diseases 2012 Jan 1;54(1):78-84. Epub 2011 Nov 10.  PMID: 22075790.

    Healy CM, Baker CJInfant pertussis:  What to do next?  Clinical Infectious Diseases 2012 Feb 1;54(3):328-30. Epub 2011 Dec 8.  PMID: 22156848.

    Healy CM, Baker CJ, Palazzi DL, Campbell JR, Edwards MS.  Distinguishing true coagulase-negative Staphylococcus infections from contaminants in the neonatal intensive care unit.  J Perinatology 2012 Apr 12. doi: 10.1038/jp.2012.36. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 22499081.

    Libster R, Edwards KM, Levent F, Edwards MS, Rench MA, Castagnini LA, Cooper T, Sparks RC, Baker CJ, Shah PE.  Long-term outcomes of group B streptococcal meningitisPediatrics 2012 Jul;130(1):e8-e15. Epub 2012 Jun 11. PMID: 22689869.

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