Periodontist—Evanston, IL

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Dr. Robert Baima

Evanston Illinois periodontist Doctor Robert Baima

As a periodontist with 45 years of experience, Dr. Baima is the person to see if you’re dealing with advanced gum disease or are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. He enables our dental office to provide several kinds of specialty services in-house so our patients don’t have to travel between different dental offices to get everything they need. Dr. Baima has had a long and storied career in the dental field, and he looks forward to helping you and your loved ones just like he has countless others over the past decades.

Where did you study dentistry?

Dr. Baima is a native of Northern Wisconsin and a 1975 graduate of the Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. After two years in private general practice, he decided to pursue the specialty of periodontics. He applied to and was accepted into the Specialty Residency of Periodontology Program at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and graduated with an advanced degree in periodontics in 1979. He subsequently completed advanced training in Prosthodontics and Dental Implantology at the UCLA Medical Center and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Baima has spent over 25 years actively contributing and participating within the academic world of dentistry in addition to his career in private practice. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and a member of the American Dental Association. He has presented over 250 formal academic lectures and presentations at various local, state, national, and international dental conventions/seminars, including one life experience lecture (repeated several times) entitled "Life as a Hostage During Iraq’s Occupation of Kuwait," (where Dr. Baima actually was held as a hostage) to the Los Angeles Rotary Club. He has had peer-reviewed academic articles published in the Journal of Prosthetic DentistryJournal of Prosthodontics, as well as the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. He has also written several chapters in the textbook Contemporary Fixed Prosthodontics published by C.V. Mosby Company.

Dr. Baima has held academic appointments at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, Marquette University School of Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Loyola University School of Dentistry, Veteran Administration Medical Center, and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

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What do you like to do outside of the dental office?


Besides pursuing excellence in his academic activities and private practice endeavors, Dr. Baima has also found time to marry and raise a family. Catherine, his wife, has also pursued her own academic interests and is the Director of the German language Graduate Program at the University of Chicago. They have two very active adult children, and they enjoy traveling as a family and trying new and interesting foods during their downtime.