Robert Barrack, MD

Robert Barrack, MD

Charles F. and Joanne Knight Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Robert Barrack is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with highest honors as a chemistry major and member of Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity. He completed his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN in 1980. He served as a Surgical Intern at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. Following this he spent a year as a research fellow in Orthopaedic Biomaterials at Tulane University and in later years became an adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering. From 1982-86 he completed Orthopaedic Residency Training at Tulane University affiliated hospitals in New Orleans, LA. Following this he did additional training in total joint replacement at New England Baptist Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before assuming the role as Chief of Adult Reconstructive Surgery at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, CA. Prior to being discharged from the military he was selected as an American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) European traveling fellow. He received a Navy commendation medal for his achievements in medical research and for establishing one of the few tissue banks in the military at the time. He was honorably discharged from the Navy as a Commander.

In 1990 Dr. Barrack served as a clinical and research fellow in hip & implant surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School with Dr. William Harris. Following his completion of his fellowship he returned to Tulane Medical School where he served as a Director of Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Residency Program Director for 13 years. In 1993 he was selected as an ABC traveling fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association. In 2004 he was recruited to join the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine where he serves as the Charles & Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Barrack has been the recipient of numerous awards from the societies of which he is a member, including the Excellence in Research award by the AOSSM, the Coventry and Ranawat Awards by the Knee Society, the Stinchfield, Aufranc, and Charnley Awards by the Hip Society, the James Rand Award (on 2 occasions) by the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Marshall Urist Award by the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors and as Program Chairman for the American Hip Society, Knee Society and Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Barrack has been listed in Best Doctors in America® since 2005.

Dr. Barrack is the author of over 250 peer review publications and numerous book chapters as well as serving as Editor of “The Hip” for the widely subscribed Master’s Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery textbook series. He has delivered numerous visiting professor lectureships, including recently the Richard Rothman lecture at the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, the William Harris lectureship at Harvard Medical School, and the John Charnley lectureship at the British Orthopaedic Association.

In 2014 he was named a recipient of the Excellence in Research Award by the Washington University Orthopaedic Surgery residents and was also named to the Executive Board of Directors and the Presidential Line of the Knee Society.

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Avascular necrosis of the hip and knee
  • Degenerative arthritis in athletes wishing to return to sports
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Common Procedures

  • Hip resurfacing
  • Minimal incision partial knee replacement
  • Primary hip and knee replacement

Clinical Office Locations

  • Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

    Barnes-Jewish Hospital

    4921 Parkview Place

    St Louis, MO 63110

  • Washington University Orthopedics / Chesterfield

    14532 S. Outer Forty Drive, Suite 210

    Chesterfield, MO 63017

Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

Books and Book Chapters

  • Burnett, RSJ, Barrack, RL: Patella Resurfacing in Total Knee Arthroplasty. In: Parvizi, J (ed.) The Knee: Reconstruction, Replacement, and Revision. Chap. 45, pp. 45-1 – 45-16, Data Trace Publishing Company, Brooklandville, MD, 2013.
  • Burnett, RSJ, Barrack, RL: Managing the Patella in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty. In: Berry, D, Trousdale, R, Dennis, D, Paprosky, W (eds.) Revision Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Chap. 48, pp. 531-540. Lippincott Willams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
  • Potter, H, Barrack, RL: Imaging of the Hip and Knee. In: Glassman, A, Lachiewicz, P, Tanzer, M (eds.) Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Hip and Knee Reconstruction 4. Chap. 1, pp. 3-16, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2011.
  • Burnett, RSJ, Barrack, RL: Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: Patellar Treatment. In: Lieberman, JR, Berry, DJ, Azar, FM (eds.) Advanced Reconstruction: Knee. Chap. 44, pp. 387-399, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2011.
  • Haas, SB, Barrack, RL, Westrich, G: Venous Thromboembolic Disease After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. In: Azar, FM, O’Connor, MI (eds.) Instructional Course Lecture Vol. 58, Chap. 73, pp. 781-793, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2009.
  • Barrack, RL, Burnett, RSJ: Preoperative Planning in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty. In: Light, TR (ed.) Instructional Course Lecture Vol. 55, Chap. 26, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2006.
  • Saleh, KJ, Mulhall, KJ, Thongtrangan, I, Barrack, RL: Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty. In: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Hip and Knee Reconstruction. 3rd ed., Chap. 11, pp. 123-145, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2006.
  • Barrack, RL, Nakamura, SJ: Primary THA/Principles, Planning, and Decision Making. In: Rosenberg, AG (ed.) Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Hip. 2nd ed., Chap. 13, pp. 177-202, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006.
  • Burnett, RSJ, Rosenberg, AG, Barrack, RL: Revision THA/Principles, Planning, and Decision Making. In: Rosenberg, AG (ed.) Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Hip. 2nd ed., Chap. 21, pp. 297-318, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006.

Textbooks Edited

  • Barrack, RL, Booth Jr, RE, Lonner, JH (eds): Section 1 The Knee. In: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Hip and Knee Reconstruction. 3rd ed., American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2006.
  • Barrack, RL, Rosenberg, AG (eds.): Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Hip. 2nd ed., Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006.

Research Interests

Hip and knee implant design; Maximizing return of normal function after joint replacement. Minimizing blood loss, DVT and instability associated with joint replacement. Individualized alignment in knee replacement.

Clinical Interests

Hip and Knee replacement, Hip Resurfacing, Unicondylar (partial) knee replacement.

Background

Dr. Robert Barrack is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with highest honors as a chemistry major and member of Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity. He completed his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN in 1980. He served as a Surgical Intern at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. Following this he spent a year as a research fellow in Orthopaedic Biomaterials at Tulane University and in later years became an adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering. From 1982-86 he completed Orthopaedic Residency Training at Tulane University affiliated hospitals in New Orleans, LA. Following this he did additional training in total joint replacement at New England Baptist Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before assuming the role as Chief of Adult Reconstructive Surgery at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, CA. Prior to being discharged from the military he was selected as an American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) European traveling fellow. He received a Navy commendation medal for his achievements in medical research and for establishing one of the few tissue banks in the military at the time. He was honorably discharged from the Navy as a Commander.

In 1990 Dr. Barrack served as a clinical and research fellow in hip & implant surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School with Dr. William Harris. Following his completion of his fellowship he returned to Tulane Medical School where he served as a Director of Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Residency Program Director for 13 years. In 1993 he was selected as an ABC traveling fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association. In 2004 he was recruited to join the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine where he serves as the Charles & Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Barrack has been the recipient of numerous awards from the societies of which he is a member, including the Excellence in Research award by the AOSSM, the Coventry and Ranawat Awards by the Knee Society, the Stinchfield, Aufranc, and Charnley Awards by the Hip Society, the James Rand Award (on 2 occasions) by the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Marshall Urist Award by the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors and as Program Chairman for the American Hip Society, Knee Society and Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Barrack has been listed in Best Doctors in America® since 2005.

Dr. Barrack is the author of over 250 peer review publications and numerous book chapters as well as serving as Editor of “The Hip” for the widely subscribed Master’s Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery textbook series. He has delivered numerous visiting professor lectureships, including recently the Richard Rothman lecture at the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, the William Harris lectureship at Harvard Medical School, and the John Charnley lectureship at the British Orthopaedic Association.

In 2014 he was named a recipient of the Excellence in Research Award by the Washington University Orthopaedic Surgery residents and was also named to the Executive Board of Directors and the Presidential Line of the Knee Society.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Medical Degree

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine & Affiliated Hospitals

Fellowship

  • Hip and Implant Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Honors and Awards:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Honor Fraternity in Liberal Arts
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Fraternity
  • 1983-Russell S. Hibbs Research Award
  • 1988-Award for Excellence in Research as Applied to Sports Medicine
  • 1990-Sports Medicine European Traveling Fellowship Award Participant - American Orthopaedic Society (May/June)
  • 1990-Navy Commendation Medal for contributions to Orthopaedic Research and Education
  • 1993-American British Canadian Traveling Fellowship Award Participant- American Orthopaedic Association (April/May)
  • 1997-Coventry Award for Outstanding Basic Science Paper at the annual Knee Society Open Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • 1998-Ranawat Award for Outstanding paper on Surgical Technique at the Knee Society Open Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • 2000-Otto Aufranc Award for outstanding research presented, Hip Society open meeting, Orlando, FL
  • 2003-James Rand Award for outstanding research presented, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dallas, TX
  • 2003-John Charnley Award for outstanding research presented at the Hip Society open meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • 2010-James A. Rand Award for "Do Patients Return to Work following Hip Arthroplasty Surgery". American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dallas, TX
  • 2010-Frank Stinchfield Award for outstanding research presented at the Hip Society open meeting in New Orleans, LA
  • 2011-Marshall R. Urist Young Investigator Award for "When to Release Patients to High Impact Activities following Hip Resurfacing". American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX
  • 2011-OREF/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award for "Return to Sexual Function following Hip Arthroplasty Surgery". Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Spring Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2012-OREF/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award for "Pain and Dissatisfaction Following TKA Performed for Early Stage Osteoarthritis". Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Spring Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
  • 1994-present-American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1994-present-Consultant Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
  • 1996-present-Consultant Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  • 2003, 2004-Program Chair, Education Committee, Knee Society
  • 2000, 2006-Chairman, Education Committee, Hip Society
  • 2001-Chairman, Membership Committee, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • 2008-present-Board of Directors, Current Concepts Foundation
  • 2008-present-Editorial Board, The International Arthroplasty eJournal
  • 2008-2011-Finance Committee, American Orthopaedic Association
  • 2009-2012-Orthopaedic Institute of Medicine (OIOM) Taskforce on Surgeon/Industry Relations, American Orthopaedic Association
  • 2010-Metal-on-Metal Task Force Member, The Hip Society
  • 2010-2011-Conflict of Interest Task Force Work Group Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • 2011-2014-Treasurer, The Knee Society
  • 2011-2014-Chairman, Finance Committee, The Knee Society
  • 2011-2012-Member-at-Large, The Hip Society
  • 2006, 2011-Program Subcommittee Chair Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • 2008, 2011-Program Committee Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • 2008, 2011-Education Committee Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • 2008, 2011-Program Subcommittee Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • 2011-Chairman, Program Committee, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • 2014, Vice President, The Knee Society

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Dr. Barrack’s Office Locations

Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

Barnes Jewish Hospital

4921 Parkview Place

St Louis, MO 63110

Washington University Orthopedics – Chesterfield

14532 S. Outer Forty Drive

Chesterfield, MO 63017

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