Lissa C. Baird M.D.

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  • Pediatric neurosurgeon and medical director of pediatric neuro-oncology

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (252 Ratings, 60 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery
  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Neurological Surgery (Pediatric)


  • M.D., Columbia University, New York City New York 2004
  • Residency:

    • Neurosurgery residency, University of California - San Diego, 2011
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship, Harvard University, Boston Children's Hospital, 2012
    • Skull Base Fellowship, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, 2010


Dr. Baird specializes in caring for children with neurosurgical disorders of the brain and spine. She has specific expertise in brain tumors and pediatric neurovascular disease, as well as using minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques for treating many disorders including hydrocephalus, tumors of the skull base and pituitary region, and arachnoid cysts. 

Her research interests are focused on neuro-oncology and working towards novel treatments and a better understanding of pediatric brain tumors.

Dr. Baird is Head of the Division of Pedatric Neurosurgery in the OHSU Department of Neurological Surgery. 

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  • English
  • Spanish (some)

Memberships and associations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2017

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (252 Ratings, 60 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Dr. Beard is always giving herself time to make sure she notices everything she needs to in any exam bedore ahe comes in the room

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Dr. Baird was very thorough and explained things very well. I would highly recommend her.

  • Oct 03, 2019

    All the people there were very friendly and very helpful with my young grandson and I would recommend them to anybody. They're great. Thank you.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    Very good

  • Sep 05, 2019

    I like Dr. Baird very much and feel she is a great provider. The office is very accommodating as we are out of town patients. Thank you.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    We had a very positive professional and compassionate experience.

  • Aug 12, 2019

    Takes time to answer questions and provides research based answers as well and a lot of care.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    We have always had a great experience with Dr. Baird. Favorite neurosurgeon at OHSU

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Outstanding care. The people were very nice and supportive. Great facilities and very professional.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    The doctor was friendly, patient and thorough with answers to all of our questions. When the appointment was done, we knew what was the next course of action. Plus by the end of the day, referrals to additional specialists had called to schedule follow up appointments.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    The experience went with the provider went very well. I was provided with detailed information that helped answer whatever questions I may have had.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Great caring place.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Dr. Baird is very friendly and very knowledgeable about, you know, my son's issue. Actually this is [Name] dad. Yea, she makes us understand everything that, you know, the situation with his pituitary gland, what are the side effects that we're looking... we look for. We've been with her since last year, and yeah, she's an awesome provider.

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Always wonderful, Dr Baird is exceptional!

  • May 28, 2019

    Lissa Baird is amazing. She's such a helpful surgeon and she brings such peace and joy, and we completely trust her 100% with the life of our daughter and her wisdom and knowledge on all of our daughter's brain conditions and anomalies and she is just an amazing doctor and surgeon and eases all of the parent questions and there aren't any..... she never makes you feel silly for questions or anything like that. She's just amazing.

  • May 23, 2019

    I never actually met her. The house manager stayed with my son while I went to my own doctor appt. Things went fine with the intern.

  • May 02, 2019

    She was very knowledgeable and I appreciated her. We are exited to be working with her for our child. However, I felt the whole process was rushed and she and the guy prior seemed impatient. My child was very nervous and in general I feel like kids want to make more of a connection. Perhaps that's just the nature of neurosurgery? Or maybe it was just a day that was busy.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    She's always very clear about what she's trying to say making sure we understand everything we need to know

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Dr. Baird is absolutely fabulous. One of the best doctors that we've ever met and we would recommend her to anyone, whoever needed that type of service. She is been wonderful with our.... our daughter and we cannot say enough about how wonderful she is.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    I always enjoy my visits with Dr. Baird.

  • Mar 19, 2019

    We think that Lissa is great. She's always been very good about explaining to us in details what our options are. She's been very thorough in covering what treatment she's provided. She wonderfully with the surgery. She saved our son's life. So we're very grateful for her. We think she's fantastic.

  • Mar 18, 2019

    Dr. Baird is a wonderful doctor, great bed side manner, very knowledgeable and reassures parents making them feel very good about and confident in the care that they are giving in the neurosurgery Clinic. Her resident, Eric has a wonderful bed side manner and my son always looks forward to seeing him. We were cleared this visit to not have to come back anymore and my son actually cried because he he enjoyed coming so much and seeing them and all the special treatment that they gave him. Even though he had brain surgery he associated good things with it from excellent care and the special attention that he received. So, thank you very much.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    Dr Baird is a fabulous doctor. She not only came in on a Saturday to do my nine hour surgery, she also found that I was tethered in two spots where the previous doctors missed this completely. She’s very patient when answering questions. I highly recommend her.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    It was..... we waited quite a while. We were a little bit sort of getting nervous as time passed while we're waiting. So, we had to ask if they were coming or if they were obviously late. I'm sure it was neurosurgery. There's just a lot of stuff that happened. So it's definitely understandable. But it was.... it was a tough situation to be in waiting an hour in the waiting room with us 2 1/2 year old.

  • Mar 03, 2019

    Dr. Baird did a fantastic job caring for our son. We came to her with a lot questions and uncertainty and she eased our mind with her answers and calm demeanor. We will be forever grateful for her and her team for correcting the issue our son had. She is very kind and compassionate in her care and we truly appreciated everything she did for us.

  • Mar 03, 2019

    Very informal very knowledgeable and very good at explaining. Very happy.

  • Feb 26, 2019

    The doctor is excellent for me. Thank you very much.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    Dr. Baird's been my child's doctor for almost six years. I have complete confidence in her.

  • Feb 14, 2019

    the best doctor we have ever seen in life

  • Feb 14, 2019

    Dr. Baird is very knowledgeable,helpful,kind,and understanding. She listens and explains things well, and makes sure all questions are answered. She was an excellent surgeon, and my daughter has healed beautifully, with minimal scarring. I would recommend her (and Doernbecher) to any parent needing a neurosurgeon. I hope we never need her again, but in the event that we do, Dr. Baird will be our first choice!

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Dr. Baird is an angel. She said my son's life and has continued to make him progress very well. Thank you very much, Dr. Baird. Thank you OHSU for everything you have done for my son. Appreciate it.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    We appreciated how thorough Dr. Baird was in her assessment and we also appreciated her bedside manner.

  • Jan 19, 2019

    Our experience with Dr Baird and her office has always been wonderful. She has gone above and beyond do many times and provided my son with care and actually listened to him. Time and time again Dr.Baird has exceeded our expectations. I truly wish my sons other doctors had the same compassion and thoughtfulness as Dr. Baird. As a mother, I am beyond grateful. [Name]

  • Jan 19, 2019

    It was an excellent service.

  • Jan 19, 2019

    I think Dr. Baird is super good. Bed side manner wise with us as her patients. I'm a nurse and my husband has a lot of questions. So between the two of us, we really appreciate how much time she spends with us and just how patient she is with us. And so we really really like Dr. Baird.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    On time, very thorough

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Excellent. Very friendly and proffessional

  • Dec 25, 2018

    Dr. Baird has always been an awesome doctor and understands everything and explains things to where I understand them clearly. Would highly recommend her.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    Answered all of our questions and was able to explain the results and what was in store for our son.

  • Nov 30, 2018

    I think Dr. Baird did a good job on the surgery and my kid healed well. Hopefully me and my family wasn't a burden or causing her problems. But I think she did a wonderful job. I'm glad that the tumor is benign and it's not coming back. I was very happy to hear that, and just looking forward to having my daughter heal and become faster, stronger, a healthy, happy kid. Thank you again, Dr. Baird. My wife appreciates you, too. Bye.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    She's great. She did a good job explaining what was going on with our daughter, and we will be going back to her for further treatment.

  • Nov 13, 2018

    She is very kind and caring yet knowledgeable.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    Dr. Baird's professionalism was excellent, her bedside manners were very good. My daughter felt very comfortable with her and her knowledge of what my daughter had was beyond anything I could ask for, and I feel very confident in her job that she did and the surgery she performed.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    She is very compassionate and straightforward. She is sensitive to communicating in a way that was honest but not alarming to our 7-year-old. She explained everything and took her time answering all our questions and providing information about what comes next.

  • Oct 24, 2018

    Dr. Baird is great! We appreciated her calm presentation of the information about our daughter and explaining in detail what she would do.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Dr. Baird and her staff are always awesome! Dr. Baird always answers all of our questions and never makes us feel rushed. We are so thankful for her expertise and ability to communicate clearly with us.

  • Sep 18, 2018

    Love Love Love Dr. Baird. She is the best.

  • Sep 13, 2018

    Very nice told me everything I needed to know very clearly

  • Aug 24, 2018

    We love Dr. Baird. She's the best. We call her wonder woman. We've referred her already. I would want nobody else to take care of my child.

  • Aug 23, 2018

    Dr. Baird is efficient AND thorough. The two times we've seen her her office has been on time; speaks volumes for families that also have busy lives. She answers questions and provides ideas.

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