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.


Full Endoscopic Repair of Spontaneous Ventral Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks in the Spine: Systematic Review of Surgical Treatment Options and Illustrative Case
Barber, SM, Sofoluke, N, Reardon, T, Mongelluzzo, G, Weiner, GM, Hofstetter, C, Telfeian, A & Konakondla, S 2022, , World neurosurgery, vol. 168, pp. e578-e586.

Awake transforaminal endoscopic lumbar facet cyst resection: technical note and case series
Hagan, MJ, Telfeian, AE, Sastry, R, Ali, R, Lewandrowski, KU, Konakondla, S, Barber, S, Lane, K & Gokaslan, ZL 2022, , Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 843-850.

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.

Association between isolated abnormal coagulation profile on transfusion following major surgery: A NSQIP analysis of individuals without bleeding disorders
Lim, K, Satkunasivam, R, Nipper, C, Xu, J, Hsu, E, Slawin, JR, Roy, T, Allenson, KC, Kim, MP, Barber, SM, Ellis, T, Akinsola, O, Klaassen, Z, Esnaola, N, Ravi, B, Jerath, A & Wallis, CJD 2022, , Transfusion, vol. 62, no. 11, pp. 2223-2234.

Treatment of Refractory Multilevel Thoracic Spondylodiscitis Using Ultra-Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Approach for Debridement and Drainage: A Technical Note, Intraoperative Video, and Literature Review
Barber, SM, Sofoluke, N, Reardon, T, Telfeian, A & Konakondla, S 2022, , World neurosurgery, vol. 167, pp. e456-e463.

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.

Association of radical vs palliative resection of spinal chordoma with survival: a population-based study
Hu, X, Barber, SM, Huang, W, Sun, Y & Yan, W 2022, , Acta Neurologica Belgica.

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.