David Barnett, M.D.
Dr. David Barnett is Chief of the department of Neurological Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he has practiced since 1996. Dr. Barnett is the Medical Co-Director of the Neuroscience Center for Baylor University Medical Center and the Neuroscience Council, BS&WH North Division. He is board-certified in neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center’s College of Medicine.
Growing up in Texas, Dr. Barnett was diagnosed at age 7 with Legg Calvé-Perthes disease which prevented him from walking for over 3 years. From the experience, Dr. Barnett knew he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up so he could help people just like the doctors who cared for him. In 1985, he graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas Tech University. He then attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors graduating 8th in his class of 197. In 1996, he completed specialty training in neurosurgery at Emory University in Atlanta, where he served as chief resident.
In 1996, Dr. Barnett and his family returned to Texas where he launched his career to care for neurosurgical patients from throughout the Southwest and beyond. He is an expert in diagnosis and the conservative treatment of disc herniations, degenerative disorders and injury-related spinal disorders. Dr. Barnett understands the individual needs patients have when faced with a neurological disorder and endeavors to educate his patients about their condition and help them understand the treatment options. He strongly believes that patient trust is an integral part of the doctor-patient relationship. Dr Barnett wants his patients to know that his employees are unsurpassed, each having years of experience in their position. They have a genuine concern for helping patients by providing the highest quality treatment and service.
Dr. Barnett’s patients describe him as compassionate, down to earth and no nonsense. They know that his consistent approach to developing the right action plan and achieving the best outcome based on their individual needs will lead to the best treatment option for their specific situation. Dr. Barnett emphasizes patient education and a thorough explanation of all treatment options in a way that everybody can understand. He is a big believer in using minimal incisions and minimizing muscular trauma to offer better surgical solutions for his patients. He also offers surgery in an ambulatory surgical setting for those patients who are medically appropriate. As a result, the techniques and surgical options that he offers eliminate the need for patients to travel to other cities for minimally invasive or laser surgery.
Dr. Barnett offers his expertise in the treatment of the following disorders with either minimally invasive or standard procedures as appropriate:
- Disc herniations-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
- Spinal stenosis-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
- Spondylolisthesis-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
- Degenerative disc disease-cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine
- Tumors of the spine
When not caring for patients, Dr. Barnett is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys biking, hiking, fishing and hunting. His spare time is spent with his family on a multi-generational ranch in West Texas. He and his wife are members of Watermark Community Church.
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