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Joshua Barber, MD

  • Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

  • Hospital Affiliations:
    • St. Luke's Hospital
  • Gender: Male
  • Languages Spoken:
    • English

About Joshua Barber, MD

Medical Education
  • University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine: MD
  • Residency
    • University of Missouri-Columbia Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Fellowship
      • University of California-Davis Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
      • Undergraduate Education
        • Coe College: BA - Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience
Focus Areas
  • Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery



Patient/Provider Philosophy I strive to provide the right treatment options for each individual patient. Regardless of the simplicity or complexity of your clinical presentation, I will treat you with compassionate diligence in order to develop a patient-centered personalized care plan. By aligning your particular goals with evidence-based, outcome-driven medicine, we will develop a unique plan to reduce your pain and improve your function in order to focus on living your life, rather than managing your condition. Fortunately, most neck and back-related problems can be resolved with non-surgical care. Should you require surgery, I am trained in both traditional open techniques and modern minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of various spine conditions.

Personal Interests: Travel, Mediocre Golf, Exploring New Cultures and Cuisines, Weight-Lifting, Running, Skiing, Indoor/Outdoor Sand Volleyball, Tough Mudder [x5], Culinary, Hiking with my Siberian Husky / German Shepherd Rescue, Mountain Climbing, Free-Diving, Spending Time with Friends/Family

Book Chapters Published: Benzel’s Spine Surgery. Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management. Fifth Edition; Chapter 17 – Complication in Spine Surgery: Classification and Expected Rates. Primary Author – Joshua Barber, MD. Secondary Author – Joseph Wick, MD. Senior Author – Eric Klineberg, MD

Spine Research Interests/Publication: Spondylolisthesis Reduction in Lumbar Spine Fusion, Complications in Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Lateral Corpectomy, Minimally-Invasive TLIF vs. Open TLIF, Complex MRI Imaging for Trauma, Ligament Augmentation to Prevent PJK, Variability in Opioid Prescription after Spine Surgery, Balance Parameters in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients


  • Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), AO Spine

  • North American Spine Society (NASS)

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


  • AO North America Spine Fellow

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Motion Preservation Spine Surgery
  • Outpatient Spine Surgery
  • Robotic and Navigation-Assisted Spine Surgery
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Neck Pain with Arm Pain
  • Back Pain with Leg Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (Spondylosis)
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spine Degeneration (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Trauma
  • Vertebral Fractures
  • Adult Deformity
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spine Instability
  • Radiculophaty
  • Myelopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Nerve Compression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Complex Revision Surgery
  • Revision/Redo Spine Surgery