Kevin (Buzz) Barrette


Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist
Non-operative back pain doctor, traveler and thrill seeker

Dr. Kevin Barrette, who goes by Buzz, is a physiatrist, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has expertise in nonsurgical treatments for spinal conditions, such as tailored rehabilitation and injections. The conditions he treats include disc herniations, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis (spinal canal narrowing that can cause nerve pain), radiculopathy (a compressed nerve in the spine), facet joint pain, sacroiliac joint pain, and general back and neck pain. He has a special interest in novel strategies and injection techniques for managing spinal conditions.

Barrette's research interests include relieving pain coming from the intervertebral lumbar discs (those that cushion the vertebrae of the low back) and vertebral body end plates (areas of cartilage and bone where the vertebrae and discs connect). He is also interested in improving injection techniques and optimizing the process of selecting good candidates for certain spine injections.

Barrette earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Stanford University in physical medicine and rehabilitation, followed by a fellowship in interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine.

Barrette is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, North American Spine Society and Spine Intervention Society (SIS). At the international SIS conference, he presented his work on patient expectations regarding their back pain, winning the award for best abstract by a fellow.

  • Education

    Boston University School of Medicine, MD, 2015

  • Residencies

    Stanford Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2019

  • Fellowships

    Stanford Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2020

  • Board Certifications

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

My goal is to help patients understand their spinal conditions and guide them through the various treatment options.

Clinics I work with

Neurosurgery at Greenbrae

1100 S. Eliseo Dr., Suite 1
Greenbrae, CA 94904

Spine Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

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The provider showed respect for what you had to say
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The provider spent enough time with me
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