Dr. Baptista received his medical degree in Brazil and completed general surgery training and a fellowship in Thoracic Surgery. He subsequently received the Most Distinguished Fellow Award. Dr. Baptista then moved to the United States, where he became a surgical research fellow at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He then trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Rush University in Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned a commendation for outstanding teaching of surgical students at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center.