Thomas Barber, MD

Thomas Barber, MD

Thomas Barber, MD

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About Thomas Barber, MD




Thomas C. Barber, MD, is San Francisco, CA orthopaedic surgeon specializing in total joint replacement.  His has special interest and expertise in total hip and total knee replacement, including difficult and challenging primary replacement and revision surgery.  He has special expertise in surface replacement arthroplasty and minimally invasive total knee surgery.


Dr. Barber serves as Vice President of PeriOperative Services for the University of California at San Francisco. His main administrative areas of responsibility are overseeing all aspects of the surgical environment and practice.


Dr. Barber was served as chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Council on Advocacy from 2013-2107.  He has long been active in the Academy, serving as the chair of the Board of Councilors in 2010; as an AAOS Board member from 2007 to 2010; and as a member of the Health Care Delivery Committee and the Prevention of Medical Errors Committee. He has also been a board member of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR).


Dr. Barber received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard, and a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Rochester, and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Boston University.


At Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Barber helped launch the Kaiser Permanente Total Joint Registry, for which he received the organization’s Vohs Quality Award. More recently the registry effort was awarded the Eisenberg ward from the Joint Commission. He also chaired the Kaiser Permanente CyberKaiser Development Team which pioneered patient to physician messaging in the Kaiser system.


His research interests have involved using registries to improve the knowledge base and surgical outcomes in total hip and knee surgery.  His most recently accepted paper details the effectiveness of different types of cement in the primary total knee surgery.



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