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Robert Barrack, MD
Charles F. and Joanne Knight Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Clinical Specialty
Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

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

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.  


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

Orthopaedic Surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine & Affiliated Hospitals

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

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