Sean M. Barber, MD

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Houston Methodist Department of Neurosurgery

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Sean M. Barber, MD

Houston Methodist Department of Neurosurgery

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About Me

Dr. Sean Barber was born and raised in Spring, Texas. His interest in neuroscience began with an undergraduate degree in neurobiology from The University of Texas at Austin. He later received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and subsequently completed neurosurgery residency at Houston Methodist Hospital followed by a fellowship with Dr. Ziya Gokaslan in spinal oncology and spinal tumor surgery. He also studied endoscopic spinal surgery with Dr. Albert Telfeian at Brown University. Dr. Barber specializes in surgery for tumors of the spinal column, including meningiomas, schwannomas, chordomas, sarcomas and metastases. He also has substantial experience with endoscopic spine surgery, robotic spine surgery, image-guided spine surgery and other minimally invasive techniques, as well as complex spinal reconstruction, instrumentation and fusion. 

Dr. Barber's basic science research focuses on neuroregeneration after nervous system injury. He was awarded a grant in 2016 from the Wings for Life spinal cord research foundation to study the effects of spinal cord stimulation and stem cell transplantation on recovery after spinal cord injury. He has ongoing research affiliations with Dr. Phil Horner's lab studying neuroregeneration and stem cell therapy for neurological injury as well as with Dimitry Sayenko's lab studying spinal cord stimulation to restore function after spinal cord injury.

Clinical Interests

Clinical Expertise
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Endoscopic spine surgery
Complex spine surgery
Spine tumors
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS)
Spine degenerative disease
Spine trauma
Spine infections

Research Interests
Neuroregeneration
Recovery of function after spinal cord injury 

Accepted Insurance Plans

AARP Medicare Complete
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
Aetna EPO
Aetna HMO
Aetna Health Network
Aetna International
Aetna Managed Choice / Elect Choice
Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
Aetna Meritain Health
Aetna Open Access
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Aetna QPOS
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Aetna Student Health
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All Saver/United Healthcare
Beech Street PPO
Best Doctors International
Blue Choice POS
Blue Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Edge
Blue Essentials
Blue Essentials Access
Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
Cigna APWU
Cigna Allegiance
Cigna Allegiance Houston Methodist Employee Medical Plan
Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna EPO
Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
Cigna Great West
Cigna HMO
Cigna Indemnity
Cigna LocalPlus
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Cigna NALC
Cigna Network
Cigna Network Open Access
Cigna Open Access
Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Cigna Qualcare
Cigna Shared Administration OAP
Cigna Shared Administration PPO
Cigna SureFit
Community Health Choice Marketplace
Coventry PPO
Crown International
DEVOTED HEALTH GREATER HOUSTON HMO
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Erickson Advantage
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First Health PPO
Galaxy Health Network PPO
GeoBlue
HAA Preferred Partners (International)
HMO Blue
HealthSmart Accel PPO
HealthSmart PPO
HealthSmart Payors Organization
Humana HMO / EPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
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Humana POS & Preferred POS
Humana PPO & Preferred PPO
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Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
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INTERPLAN
Imagine Health
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Independent Medical Systems PPO (IMS)
Interplan Health Group
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MEDCORP
Medicare (Harris)
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MultiPlan PPO
National Preferred Provider Network PPO (NPPN)
Olympus Managed Care (International)
Oscar Easy Care Medicare Advantage
PHCS Healthy Directions
PHCS PPO
PPO NEXT
Provider Select PPO
SmartCare PNM Resources
TRS-ActiveCare 2 Group 385002
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-South Texas Region Group 295430
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-West Texas Region Group 295781
TRS-ActiveCare HD Group 385000
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Group 385003
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Plus Group 385001
TexanPlus/Wellcare Medicare Advantage
Three Rivers Provider Network
UHC Medicare Chronic Complete
UHC Medicare Complete
UHC Medicare Solutions
UMR
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UnitedHealthcare EPO
UnitedHealthcare Golden Rule
UnitedHealthcare HMO
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UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
UnitedHealthcare Oxford
UnitedHealthcare POS
UnitedHealthcare PPO
UnitedHealthcare Select / ERS
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
UnitedHealthcare West

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Credentials

FELLOWSHIP
Spinal Oncology, Complex Spine Surgery, Endoscopic Spine Surgery | Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
RESIDENCY
Neurosurgery | Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
DOCTOR OF MEDICINE
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Neurobiology | The University of Texas at Austin
BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II HONORS
The University of Texas at Austin
AFFILIATED HOSPITALS
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
CENTER MEMBERSHIP
  • Houston Methodist Cancer Center

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