About Us Baumgartner


Dr. Baumgartner is a highly skilled thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. He is Board Certified by both the American Board of surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He earned his medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. He served his internship and residency in surgery at the Harbor – UCLA Medical Center. His two-year fellowship in cardio vascular and thoracic surgery was completed at Vancouver, BC, Canada. Dr. Baumgartner also completed additional training in aortic surgery in Germany with Professor Han Borst in 1994 and Dr. Diedrich Birnhaum in 1995. The following two years he was appointed as head of the division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center where he still serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery with active teaching duties to the students of the UCLA School of Medicine. He has performed thousands of cardiothoracic surgical procedures, including hundreds of endoscopic thoracic procedures, which have included hundreds of thoracoscopic sympathectomies. Dr. Baumgartner performed his first video thoracoscopy in 1992 and his first thoracoscopic sympathectomy for posttraumatic vasomotor dystrophy in 1996. He is a dedicated surgeon practicing cardiovascular, thoracic and peripheral vascular surgery. At present Dr. Baumgartner is with Vascular Surgery Associates of Long Beach. He has published the book “Cardiothoracic Surgery” editions 1 and 2, including chapters on thoracoscopic surgery. Dr. Baumgartner is a long-standing member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and publishes extensively in the international journal Annals of Thoracic Surgery, as well as many other national and international journals.

Dr. Baumgartner is a leader in the field of thoracoscopy and from 1995-1997 was director of the national Veterans Administration Thoracic Endoscopy Course to instruct VA surgeons on the techniques of endoscopic thoracic surgery. He has given many hands-on practical training courses, including live operations of trainees at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration and in Long Beach, California. He has presented at many regional, national, and international thoracic surgical meetings. Serveral international invitations to present his work in Germany and Belgium. Dr. Baumgartner offers the thoracoscopic sympathectomy procedure for those patients who suffer from refractory, intractable hyperhidrosis affecting their work and lifestyle. He was awarded “America’s Top Surgeons” for 2002-2003 and 2004-2005 and “America’s Top Physiscian” 2004-2005 by Consumers Research Council of America.

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center


  • Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA
  • Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Lakewood, CA
  • Los Alamitos Hospital, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  • St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Burbank, CA