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Nicholas M. Barbaro, MD


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, M.D.


Internship, General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Residency, General Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Fellowship, Pain Research, Department of Neurology, University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Care Information

Clinical Biography

Nicholas Barbaro, MD is a neurosurgeon in the Mulva Clinic for Neurosciences at UT Health Austin. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center.

Prior to joining UT Health Austin, Dr. Barbaro served as the Chair of Neurological Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine for 8 years while concurrently serving as Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at University of California San Francisco. Dr. Barbaro practiced at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he was professor of neurological surgery and residency program director. He was the co-director of the functional neurosurgery program and treated patients with epilepsy, trigeminal neuralgia, chronic pain, nerve injury, and nerve tumors. He continues to treat patients with these conditions in his current position.

Dr. Barbaro’s research efforts have been in the fields of pain physiology and pharmacology, epilepsy electrophysiology, epilepsy surgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. He is board certified by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Barbaro is also president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, chair of the Neurosurgery Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and past president of the Neurosurgical Society of America.


  • Epilepsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve tumors

Board Certification

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Awards & Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana, 2017
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