About me

Dr. Thomas C. Barber is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in total joint replacement. He has a particular interest in challenging primary cases of hip or knee replacement, as well as in revision surgery, which seeks to correct failures or damage from previous surgeries. He also has expertise in minimally invasive total knee surgery and surface replacement arthroplasty, a minimally invasive technique that preserves more of the joint's bone.

As vice president of perioperative services at UCSF, Barber oversees all aspects of the surgical environment and practice. His research interests include using registries to improve outcomes and expand knowledge of total hip and knee surgery. He also studies the effectiveness of different types of cement used in primary total knee surgery.

Barber earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Boston University and a fellowship in reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. Prior to joining UCSF, he helped launch the award-winning Kaiser Permanente National Total Joint Replacement Registry, a tool for evaluating surgical outcomes. He also chaired a development team that pioneered patient-to-physician messaging in the Kaiser Permanente system.

A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Barber has served numerous roles within the organization. He has been on its board of directors for seven years, has chaired its advocacy council, and has served on its committees on health care delivery and prevention of medical errors. He has also served on the board of the American Joint Replacement Registry. In addition, he belongs to the American Orthopaedic Association and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

  • Education

    University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1986

  • Residencies

    Boston University, Orthopedic Surgery, 1991

  • Fellowship

    Stanford University, Reconstructive Surgery, 1992

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Academic Title