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Dr. Kelty Baker

Hematology
Houston, TX
29 years experience female

Locations

Office

Houston, TX

Address

6560 Fannin, Suite 1260 , Houston, TX
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

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Office

Houston, TX

About

Bio

I am a general hematologist in solo private practice but serve on the voluntary faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital. I received all of my medical training at Baylor, where I served as a Chief Resident and graduated "cum laude". I am interested in all aspects of hematology and take care of patients with bleeding and clotting problems, hematologic malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma, and any other sort of hematologic disorder.

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Hematology

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Plasma exchange: Plasma exchange is when, using a special machine much like a dialysis machine, whole blood is taken from a vein in your arm and spun in a centrifuge s... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Blood transfusion: Any nurse, whether an rn or np, is qualified to give blood. An np is also qualified to order a blood transfusion as long as she is following a protoco... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Leukopenia: A low white cell count (leukopenia) can be caused by many different things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Othe... Read More
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Surgical bleeding: The most common cause of surgical bleeding is "stitch deficiency". Other factors could be medications (aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) blood thinners, ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
ET: When deciding whether to recommend hydrea, (hydroxyurea) the md takes into account patient's age, underlying cardiovascular risk factors, ; prior hist... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Different lymphomas: There are around 30 different types of lymphoma distinguished by how they look under the microscope, the proteins they bear on their cell surface, and... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Leukocytosis: A high white count (leukocytosis) can be caused by many different things, most commonly an infection. Some people have high white cells due to a medic... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Neutropenia Rx: Treatment of neutropenia depends on what's causing the condition to begin with. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Transfusion: Plasma transfusions are given when a patient's blood is "too thin" and doesn't clot well. Platelet transfusions are given when a patient's platelet co... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Lovenox (enoxaparin) vs. heparin: Unfractionated Heparin (UFH) & enoxaparin (lovenox or lmwh) both prevent blood clots by indirectly inhibiting the function of 2 important clotting fac... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Sickle cell trait: Sickle cell trait shouldn't cause pain crises like someone with the disease. Trait can cause problems however such as inability to concentrate the uri... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Polycythemia: Polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera are the same thing - a myeloproliferative disorder which causes production of too many red cells (and us... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Porphyria: The porphyrias are hereditary conditions in which heme, the oxygen carrying molecule inside red cells, isn't made correctly. Several different enzyme ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Neutropenia: The time it takes for neutrophils to recover depends on what caused the neutropenia to begin with. Some chemotherapy medications allow quicker recover... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
High folate (folic acid) and B12: Although low levels of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12 can cause serious medical problems, there is no problem whatsoever with having high levels ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Iron supplements: Ferrous sulfate and ferrous gluconate are equivalent in terms of efficacy as long as the dose of "elemental iron" in each is the same. The main thing ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Ferrous gluconate: The body can only absorb limited amounts of iron at one time. It is okay to take two doses, if so instructed by your doctor, but it's important that y... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Heparin overdose: Although Heparin can cause bleeding (if given appropriately or not), available treatments such as infusion of its antidote (protamine) and plamsa tran... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Thrombocytopenia: Low platelets (thrombocytopenia) can be caused by many conditions, both benign and malignant. Some people are born with it. Other times it's due to a ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Bleeding symptoms: Patients with a bleeding disorder can experience nose bleeding (epistaxis), gum bleeding, coughing up blood (hemoptysis), throwing up blood (hematemes... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Test for CML: CML can be looked for in several ways: review of a peripheral blood smear, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy with routine cytogenetics looking for the... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Liver and bleeding: The liver makes almost all clotting factors which prevent bleeding. When the liver isn't working correctly, these factors become low and the blood bec... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Dark skin: If an iron infusion leaks outside the vein, it can definitely darken the skin. Intramuscular iron injections can stain too. Iron from our own blood ce... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Marijuana: I don't think marijuana is healthy because smoking anything damages the lungs. It also causes a lack of will and can serve as a gateway to the use of ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Mucositis: Chemotherapy is designed to affect rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately the lining of the digestive tract grows very quickly too. Depending on ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Iron chelation: The only medications for iron chelation are Desferal (given intravenously and subcutaneously) or Exjade and Deferiprone (both given orally). Try discu... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Erythropoietin: Epogen (epoetin alfa) is a very expensive medication which can only be prescribed by a physician (usually a hematologist, oncologist, or nephrologist)... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Get help fast!: Initial symptoms of fe toxicity include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, & gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Left untreated, shock, coma & death then occur. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
MVI (multivitamin) + Fe: Taking a multivitamin and iron at the same time is fine. The acidity in vitamin c helps you absorb iron better so that is good to take too. Just be ca... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Iron dextran: Iron dextran is given intravenously over several hours and usually needs to be given with premedications like hydrocortisone, benadryl, and tylenol (a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Circulatory disorder: Depending on the type of problem you are having, specialists that deal with the circulation include cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Polycythemia: Smoking anything deprives the body of oxygen and stimulates production of more red cells in compensation. Your doctor can order a carboxyhemoglobin le... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Metabolic panel: A comprehensive metabolic panel tests kidney and liver function, as well as the level of common electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and calcium.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Organic food: Doctors sometimes don't receive much education on proper nutrition. If you feel uncomfortable with your physician, it may be helpful to seek treatment... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Estrogen/fibrinogen: It depends on the route of administration. Typically, estrogen raises fibrinogen levels in the body (this is one of the many reasons why women taking ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Blood and Fe loading: It's impossible to get blood transfusions and not have the iron accumulate, unless someone is having ongoing bleeding (which then makes you lose iron)... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
High RBC count: A high RBC count in an anemic patient is usually due to thalassemia. A high RBC count in a patient with a high hemoglobin is due to polycythemia, and ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Porphyria in family: It depends on what type of porphyria he has. Some porphyrias can be dangerous, and some can be hereditary so you need to ask him what type he has so t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Porphyria: No. Usually not. Please ask your porphyria expert to clarify for you what type you have.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Fluids & sickle cell: Plain water is perfectly adequate. Juices and sports drinks are great too. The most important thing is to avoid caffeine and alcohol, since these both... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Iron overdose: Usually, an excessive one-time dose of iron washes through your intestines and doesn't cause any side effects other than nausea, vomitina, and diarrhe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Lovenox (enoxaparin) overdose: Lovenox (enoxaparin) overdoses can be treated by holding the medication, giving an antidote called protamine, transfusing blood products as needed, an... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Iron supplements: It's okay to take ferrous sulfate and vitamin E together. The main things than interfere with iron absorption are calcium, zinc, acid-blocking medicat... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Leukopenia: The list of things that can cause leukopenia is very long and includes both benign and malignant conditions. It is very important that this be evaluat... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Thrombocytosis: The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia. Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Standard testing: Most general internists check a lipid profile and a comprehensive metabolic panel, as well as a complete blood count, once yearly.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
ABO blood groups: Although there are books which describe specific personality traits and dietary needs of those with different blood types, this is not a well-research... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Thrombocytosis: The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia. Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Low MCHC: Low mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) can be seen in iron deficiency anemia and thalassemia. It can also be falsely abnormal if the pat... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Menorrhagia: Women can have heavy periods because they have fibroids (benign tumors inside the uterus), a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, or other problems. ... Read More

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Dr. Christopher Wright
Jun 2, 2013
Dr Baker is compassionate, knowledgable, and committed to the overall health of her patients. She has outstanding bedside manner and takes time to address all of her patients' concerns, both in the c...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Baker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Baker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Yea my leukemia is fighting through all chemo, so they said nothing else can be really done, just get blood products, my smear is 70% now
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Baylor College of Medicine

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha
Top Hematologist , Third Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Hematologist , Second Place, National - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Society of Hematology
American Medical Association
International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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