Dr. Barbaro received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1975 and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1979. He continued his training UCSF, serving as an intern in the Department of Surgery and then as a resident in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Barbaro joined the IU School of Medicine in 2011 from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr.
Barbaro came to Indianapolis as a leader of the Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine academic mission and as the leader of the IU Health Neuroscience Center and as the chair of the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery. As medical director of the IU Health Neurosciences Center, Dr. Barbaro will oversee an initiative that will combine the neurosciences resources of the IU School of Medicine and IU Health. Dr. Barbaro is the Betsey Barton Professor of Neurological Surgery at IU.
Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group and Indiana University's Department of Neurological Surgery merged their surgical, research and academic expertise in 2010, creating Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine to develop innovative techniques, increase the success of proven treatments and provide advanced training for the next generation of neurosurgeons.
"As an accomplished surgeon, outstanding in assessing surgical approaches to epilepsy and other central nervous system disorders, and as a recognized researcher and educator, Dr. Barbaro will provide both expertise and leadership as we develop a state-of-the-art neurosciences center of excellence," said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs.
"Dr. Barbaro is a proven leader with the experience and vision needed to take our nationally recognized neurosciences programs to an unprecedented level," said Samuel L. Odle, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of IU Health. "A nationally renowned neurosurgeon, educator and researcher, Dr. Barbaro has extensive expertise in developing a state-of-the-art, multi-specialty neuroscience center that can offer patients the best possible care and leading-edge treatments." He is a former president of the Neurosurgical Society of America.