Since my first exposure to both benign and cancerous head and neck tumors, I have been driven to explore and provide the best possible patient care as it pertains to optimizing outcomes and quality of life. It is truly a privilege to take care of patients with complex head and neck issues and to be on the leading edge of head and neck surgical care and reconstruction. I treat each patient like they were my family member and strive to bolster their mental and physical well-being.

Biography 

Dr. Barber's practice is dedicated to surgery for benign and cancerous head and neck tumours as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She strives to create active partnerships with her patients to achieve the best possible outcomes. 

Dr. Barber completed her M.D. and surgical residency training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She also completed a Master of Surgical Science at the University of Oxford for her dissertation work in peripheral nerve regeneration in head and neck cancer patients. She then went on to complete a fellowship in advanced head and neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstruction at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. 

Overview 

Education:

University of Alberta - Medical Education, 2011
University of Alberta - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency, 2016
University of Oxford - Master of Surgical Science, 2017
University of Liverpool - Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, 2017
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology & Microvascular Reconstruction

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, 2017

Memberships: American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Awards and honors 

Dr. Barber has competed and been awarded in the National Poliquin Research competition and multiple other regional research grants previously. She has been awarded the R.E. Fraser Excellence in Teaching Award and clinical service awards for her excellence in patient care and teaching. She was awarded the prestigious Nilay Patel Memorial Award during her studies at the University of Oxford in 2016 for her work on distress management in head and neck cancer patients. Dr. Barber has given over 40 national and international podium presentations and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications pertaining to the treatment and care of head and neck cancer patients.

Academic interests 

CLINICAL INTERESTS

Dr. Barber's clinical interests include head and neck cancer surgery, robotic surgery, and salivary and endocrine surgery. She has a special interest in reconstructive surgery for skin cancers. Her research interests include quality improvement in free flap reconstruction, peripheral nerve regeneration, cancer genomics, and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer treatment.

RESEARCH FOCUS

Dr. Barber has a research interest in quality improvement of performance metrics in head and neck cancer surgery, quality of life and distress measurement in head and neck cancer, peripheral nerve regeneration, and de-escalation trials for HPV cancers. 

Recent Publications

Barber B, Seikaly H, Ming Chan K, Beaudry R, Rychlik S, Olson J, Curran M, Dziegielewski P, Biron V, Harris J, McNeely M, O'Connell D. Intraoperative Brief Electrical Stimulation of the Spinal Accessory Nerve (BEST SPIN) for prevention of shoulder dysfunction after oncologic neck dissection: a double-blinded, randomized controlled trial., J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 Jan; 47(1):7

Rogers SN, Barber B. Using PROMs to guide patients and practitioners through the head and neck cancer journey., Patient Relat Outcome Meas 2017 ; 8133-142

Barber B, Harris J, Shillington C, Rychlik S, Dort J, Meier M, Estey A, Elwi A, Wickson P, Buss M, Zygun D, Ansari K, Biron V, O'Connell D, Seikaly H. Efficacy of a high-observation protocol in major head and neck cancer surgery: A prospective study., Head Neck 2017 08; 39(8):1689-1695

Biron VL, O'Connell DA, Barber B, Clark JM, Andrews C, Jeffery CC, Côté DW, Harris J, Seikaly H. Transoral robotic surgery with radial forearm free flap reconstruction: case control analysis., J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017 Mar; 46(1):20

Harris J, Barber B, Almarzouki H, Scrimger R, Romney J, O'Connell D, Urken M, Seikaly H. Free thyroid transfer: Short-term results of a novel procedure to prevent post-radiation hypothyroidism., Head Neck 2017 06; 39(6):1234-1238