Acadiana Doctor Profiles
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Darric Baty, M.D.
Specialty: Pediatric Neurosurgery
Ball State University 1998
Indiana University School of Medicine 2002
Native of Springport, Ind.
My Toughest Case
Forty hours is full workweek to most. Dr. Darric Baty, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Lafayette’s Women’s & Children’s Kids Specialty Center, regularly spends that amount of time on one surgery.
In what was one of his toughest cases, Baty spent considerably more than 40 hours removing a tumor from a narrow space near the center of a shy 9-year-old boy’s brain. As Baty puts it, it took the time it did because there is “a lot of high-stakes real estate in there.” He says his focus stays sharp due to the intensity of the situation and his training.
A native of rural Indiana, Baty says he was immediately smitten with the warm weather, welcoming people and spicy local cuisine of Acadiana when he first visited for an interview.
“The first time that I flew into the airport here and was driving to my first destination for my interview, it just felt like home,” says Baty. “It felt so much like I belong here.”
His passion for medicine is deeply ingrained. Baty says his mother recalls him expressing a desire to become a doctor when he was too little to even remember. He always loved the science and complexity involved in the field. En route to his current home in Lafayette, Baty completed his residency training in neurosurgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and his fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
“I always thought that I wanted to work with kids because I enjoy them, and they just bring so much to life,” he says. “That’s been the easy component for me.”
He developed a fondness for neurosurgery toward the end of medical school and was later able to tie that in with his desire to work with children. As a pediatric neurosurgeon, Baty’s specialty requires him to treat the fragile nervous systems of children, whether it be water on the brain or a traumatic injury to the spine. In his current practice he see patients ranging from newborns to 21-year-olds.
At just 36 years old, Baty looks forward to playing an integral part in the progression and collaboration of Lafayette’s medical community for years to come.
“I have tons of goals,” says Baty. “I want to continue to grow the program. I want to continue to provide neurological services to kids in this area and to expand what we’re able to offer. Some things are best treated from a team perspective, so from a group of physicians, or at least more than one, that are working together in the operating room itself or in the clinic. The more people you have looking at it, that can be helpful.
“So, there are several areas,” adds Baty. “We’ve started down those pathways, but, as with everything that’s worthwhile in life, there are challenges. We’re definitely closer than we were two years ago, but I want to continue to push the envelope and to be able to offer more services to people here in the community.”