"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."


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. 



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 


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.


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

Meyer A, Roof S, Gray ML, Fan CJ, Barber B, Miles BA, Teng M, Genden E, Rosenberg JD. Thermal imaging for microvascular free tissue transfer monitoring: Feasibility study using a low cost, commercially available mobile phone imaging system., Head Neck 2020 Jul

Dziegielewski PT, McNeely ML, Ashworth N, O'Connell DA, Barber B, Courneya KS, Debenham BJ, Seikaly H. 2b or not 2b? Shoulder function after level 2b neck dissection: A double-blind randomized controlled clinical trial., Cancer 2020 Apr; 126(7):1492-1501

Thomas WW, Calcagno HE, Azzi J, Petrisor D, Cave T, Barber B, Miles B, Gomez ED, Cannady S, Bhadkamkar M, Hanasono MM, Wax MK. Incidence of inadequate perforators and salvage options for the anterior lateral thigh free flap., Laryngoscope 2020 02; 130(2):343-346

Qureshi HA, Abouyared M, Barber B, Houlton JJ. Surgical Options for Locally Advanced Oropharyngeal Cancer., Curr Treat Options Oncol 2019 04; 20(5):36

Immune Status and Immunotherapy in Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma-What Are Our Next Steps?, JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2019 04; 145(4):361-362