Sean Barber, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Academic Institute
Assistant Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Barber is a neurosurgeon from Houston, TX, who treats disorders of the spine. He is fellowship-trained in the treatment of spinal tumors and in endoscopic and minimally invasive approaches to the spine. He believes in caring for patients as he would his own family, and tailoring treatment to each patient’s unique situation using both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. 

Dr. Barber is also involved in research into spine tumors and neuroregeneration and is currently enrolling for a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation in patients with spinal cord injury. For more information please contact the study coordinator or administrative staff.


Fractured Lumbar Drain Catheter Retrieval Using an Endoscopic Transforaminal Approach to the Lumbar Spine
Sulhan, S, Sadrameli, SS, Barber, S, Holman, P, Britz, G & Huang, M 2022, , Operative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.), vol. 23, no. 5, pp. e331-e334.

The Role of the Endoscope in Spinal Oncology: A Systematic Review of Applications and Systematic Analysis of Patient Outcomes
Sofoluke, N, Barber, SM, Telfeian, AE, Hofstetter, CP & Konakondla, S 2022, , World neurosurgery, vol. 164, pp. 33-40.

The Role of Instrumentation in the Surgical Treatment of Spondylodiscitis and Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Single-Center Retrospective Cohort Study
Lee, JJ, Sadrameli, SS, Sulhan, S, Desai, VR, Wong, M & Barber, SM 2022, , International Journal of Spine Surgery, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 61-70.

A wireless spinal stimulation system for ventral activation of the rat cervical spinal cord
Hogan, MK, Barber, SM, Rao, Z, Kondiles, BR, Huang, M, Steele, WJ, Yu, C & Horner, PJ 2021, , Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 14900.

Surgical management of non-dysraphic cervical intramedullary lipoma: A report of two cases
Poggi, J, Barber, S, Guglielmo, M, Bhatt, R, Rogg, J, Donahue, JE, Gokaslan, ZL & Klinge, PM 2021, , Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management, vol. 25, 101210.

Hybrid Anterior Column Realignment—Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Severe Rigid Sagittal Deformity
Sadrameli, SS, Davidov, V, Lee, JJ, Huang, M, Kizek, DJ, Mambelli, D, Rajendran, S, Barber, SM & Holman, PJ 2021, , World neurosurgery, vol. 151, pp. e308-e316.

The utility of intraoperative neuromonitoring on simple posterior lumbar fusions—analysis of the national inpatient sample
Austerman, RJ, Sulhan, S, Steele, WJ, Sadrameli, SS, Holman, PJ & Barber, SM 2021, , Journal of Spine Surgery, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 132-140.

Chordoma—current understanding and modern treatment paradigms
Barber, SM, Sadrameli, SS, Lee, JJ, Fridley, JS, Teh, BS, Oyelese, AA, Telfeian, AE & Gokaslan, ZL 2021, , Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 10, no. 5, 1054, pp. 1-18.

Management, outcomes, and prognostic factors of adult primary spinal cord gliomas
Haque, WM, Verma, V, Barber, S, Tremont, IW, Butler, EB & Teh, BS 2021, , Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 84, pp. 8-14.

A novel endoscopic technique for biopsy and tissue diagnosis for a paraspinal thoracic tumor in a pediatric patient: A case report
Konakondla, S, Nakhla, J, Xia, J, Barber, SM, Fridley, JS, Oyelese, AA, Gokaslan, ZL, Rainov, NG, Haritonov, DG, Wagner, R & Telfeian, AE 2021, , International Journal of Spine Surgery, vol. 14, pp. S66-S70.

Complications of epidural spinal stimulation: lessons from the past and alternatives for the future
Taccola, G, Barber, S, Horner, PJ, Bazo, HAC & Sayenko, D 2020, , Spinal Cord, vol. 58, no. 10, pp. 1049-1059.

Complications associated with l4-5 anterior retroperitoneal transpsoas interbody fusion: A single institution series
Sadrameli, SS, Davidov, V, Huang, M, Lee, JJ, Ramesh, S, Guerrero, JR, Wong, MS, Boghani, Z, Ordonez, A, Barber, SM, Trask, TW, Roeser, AC & Holman, PJ 2020, , Journal of Spine Surgery, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 562-571.

Objective Indirect Assessment of Transverse Ligament Competence Using Quantitative Analysis of 3-Dimensional Segmented Flexion-Extension Computed Tomography Scan
Yu, JYH, Collins, S, Liu, DD, Leary, OP, Merck, D, Konakondla, S, Nakhla, J, Barber, SM, Telfeian, AE, Oyelese, AA, Gokaslan, ZL & Fridley, JS 2020, , World neurosurgery, vol. 136, pp. e223-e233.

Variability in the size of the retroperitoneal oblique corridor: A magnetic resonance imaging-based analysis
Boghani, Z, Steele, W, Barber, S, Lee, JJ, Sokunbi, O, Blacklock, JB, Trask, T & Holman, P 2020, , Surgical Neurology International, vol. 11, no. 54, 54.

Oncologic benefits of dural resection in spinal meningiomas: A meta-analysis of Simpson grades and recurrence rates
Barber, SM, Konakondla, S, Nakhla, J, Fridley, JS, Xia, J, Oyelese, AA, Telfeian, AE & Gokaslan, ZL 2020, , Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 441-451.

Spinal dural resection for oncological purposes: A systematic analysis of risks and outcomes in patients with malignant spinal tumors
Barber, SM, Konakondla, S, Nakhla, J, Fridley, JS, Xia, J, Oyelese, AA, Telfeian, AE & Gokaslan, ZL 2020, , Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 69-78.

Intradural Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors
Konakondla, S, Barber, SM, Nakhla, J, Fridley, JS & Gokaslan, ZL 2020, . in Nontraumatic Cervical Myelopathy: Pathologies, Surgical Techniques, and Nuances. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 297-312.

Intraoperative Computed Tomography Navigation-Assisted Resection of Symptomatic Intramedullary Spinal Cord Cavernoma: A Technical Note and Case Report
Moldovan, K, Konakondla, S, Barber, SM, Nakhla, J, Fridley, JS, Telfeian, AE, Gokaslan, ZL & Oyelese, AA 2019, , World neurosurgery, vol. 129, pp. 311-317.

Commentary: Development of Machine Learning Algorithms for Prediction of 30-Day Mortality after Surgery for Spinal Metastasis
Barber, SM, Fridley, JS & Gokaslan, ZL 2019, , Clinical Neurosurgery, vol. 85, no. 1, nyy495, pp. E92-E93.

Maximizing Sacral Chordoma Resection by Precise 3-Dimensional Tumor Modeling in the Operating Room Using Intraoperative Computed Tomography Registration with Preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Fusion and Intraoperative Neuronavigation: A Case Series
Konakondla, S, Albers, JA, Li, X, Barber, SM, Nakhla, J, Houghton, CE, Telfeian, AE, Oyelese, AA, Fridley, JS & Gokaslan, ZL 2019, , World neurosurgery, vol. 125, pp. e1125-e1131.