Clinton E. Baisden, MD

Clinical Professor

Dr. Baisden obtained his medical degree at The University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1975. He is currently certified with The American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He joined this program in March of 2005 as a Clinical Professor. Dr. Baisden is the former Director of Cardiothoracic Research Division heading the cardiothoracic research administration meetings and was very involved with all research being conducted by the department. His areas of interest include Cerebral and myocardial protection during cardiac surgical procedures; Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury mechanism elucidation/treatment; Systemic hyperthermia for treatment of stage IV lung cancer; and research models for determining the effectiveness of newly FDA released pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery


Univ. of Oklahoma Medical School, MD, 1971 - 1975, Oklahoma

Postgraduate training

Wilford Hall USAF Medical Cntr, Internship, 1975 - 1976, Lackland, AFB, Texas
Wilford Hall USAF Medical Cntr, Residency, 1975 - 1980, Lackland, AFB, Texas
Emory Univ. Clinic, Residency, 1980 - 1982, Atlanta, Georgia
Emory Univ. Clinic, Fellowship, 1982 - 1983, Atlanta, Georgia

Research interests:

Protection of heart and brain during Cardiopulmonary Bypass; Lung transplant - Rejection vs. Infection in rats and baboons; Pneumonectomy - Left vs. Right

Clinical interests:

Adult cardiac human heart and lung transplantation; General thoracic surgery


Bastos R, Baisden CE, Harker L, Calhoon JH. Penetrating thoracic trauma. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Spring;20(1):19-25.

Bastos R, Calhoon JH, Baisden CE. Flail chest and pulmonary contusion. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Spring;20(1):39-45.

Johnson SB, Allred AM, Cline AM, Angel LF, Sako EY, Baisden CE, Calhoon JH. Cardiac procedures in lung transplant recipients do not increase mortality in selected patients. Ann Thoracic Surg, 2006; 82:460-4. Presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Surgical Assn, Orlando, FL, Nov 10-12, 2005.

Baisden CE. Low Intraoperative Hemoglobin Causes Stroke in Elderly Cardiopulmonary Bypass Patients. The annals of Thoracic Surgery, Manuscript under revision.

Meyer, TA, Roberson CR, Gloyna DF, Baisden CE, Rajab MH. Survey of Preoperative Patient's Use of Herbal Products and Selected Dietary Supplement. Volume 37, Number 12, pp 1301-1306. 2002 Facts and Comparison

Palmer B, Watson LE, Riggs MW, Lawrence M, Baisden CE, McNeal CJ, Macfarlane R. Comparison of Lipid and Non-Lipid Makers of Atherosclerosis in Arterial versus Venous Blood. Ann Clin Biochem 2003; 40: 1-3.

Baisden CE, Bolton JWR, Riggs M. Readmission and Mortality in Patients Discharged the Day After Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery. Ann Thorac Surg 2003;75:68-73

Meyer TA, Baisden CE, Riggs M. Incidence of Herbal/Nutraceutical Use in Cardiac Surgery Patients. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2002;94:S-98

Baisden CE. Revascularization Led to Less Angina and Fever Adverse Cardiac Events Than Did Optimal Medical Care in Angina Pectoris in the Elderly. Commentary prepared for ACP Journal Club and appeared in Evidence-Based Medicine. March/April 2002;136:47.

Villamaria FJ, Dieckert RJ, Baisden CE, Hillis A, Rajab MH, Davis D. Nausea and Vomitting in Patients with Retinal Surgery. Submitted to the American Society of Anesthesiologist. Orlando, FL, October 20, 1999.


Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, November 5, 1986
Air Force Meritorious Service First Oak Leaf Cluster, June 30, 1991
Presidential Certificate of Appreciation for Service in the Ground Forces of the United States, July 1991
Dept. of Surgery, Special Scholarly Effort Award, December 12, 2002
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, April 2003
Selected for "America's Top Surgeons 2004-2005 by Consumers Research Council of America

Professional Societies:

American College of Cardiology (Fellow)
American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
American Medical Association
Association for Academic Surgery
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Lung Cancer Study Group (1984 - 1989)
Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons
Society of Military Surgoens of the United States
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
Southern Society of Clinical Surgeons
Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG-CGOP)
Southwestern Surgical Congress
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
American Heart Association - San Antonio Cardiology Society
Texas Medical Association
Texas Medical Association -Physician Oncology Education Program Speakers Bureau
Texas Surgical Society