Thomas Barber, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

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. He then completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Boston University and a fellowship in reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. Prior to joining UCSF, Barber helped launch the award-winning Kaiser Permanente 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.

Barber is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has served as chair of its advocacy council and as a member of committees on health care delivery and prevention of medical errors, among numerous other roles within the organization. He has served on the board of the American Joint Replacement Registry. Barber has served on the board of directors of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgery for seven years. He also belongs to the American Orthopaedic Association and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.


Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353–2808
Fax: (415) 885–3862

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Berkeley Outpatient Center
3100 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: (510) 985-5020

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University of Rochester School of Medicine 1986


Boston University, Orthopedic Surgery 1991


Stanford University, Reconstructive Surgery 1992

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Paxton EW, Torres A, Love RM, Barber TC, Sheth DS, Inacio MC. Total joint replacement: A multiple risk factor analysis of physical activity level 1-2 years postoperatively. Acta Orthop. 2016 Jul; 87 Suppl 1:44-9.
  2. Inacio MC, Paxton EW, Fisher D, Li RA, Barber TC, Singh JA. Bariatric surgery prior to total joint arthroplasty may not provide dramatic improvements in post-arthroplasty surgical outcomes. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Jul; 29(7):1359-64.
  3. Paxton EW, Kiley ML, Love R, Barber TC, Funahashi TT, Inacio MC. Kaiser Permanente implant registries benefit patient safety, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013 Jun; 39(6):246-52.
  4. Bayne CO, Krosin M, Barber TC. Evaluation of the accuracy and use of x-ray markers in digital templating for total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2009 Apr; 24(3):407-13.

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