Dr. Barbara Barlow, MD, FACS, FAAP

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Executive Director, Injury Free Coalition for Kids National Office

Dr. Barbara Barlow is Professor Emerita of Surgery in Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a National Program developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey. Injury Free is a coalition of Injury Prevention Programs in Pediatric Trauma Centers located in major cities in the United States. The Injury Free Program reduces injury through education, provision of safety supplies, development of safe play areas, and support of safe supervised activities with strong adult mentors in communities with high injury rates. Major admissions of community children in Harlem decreased by more than 60% after the program started in 1988. The Program and Dr. Barlow received awards from the American Hospital Association Nova Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow Achievement Award, the U.S. Department of Transportation Safe Communities Award, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association Lifesavers Award, the National Safety Council and the American Trauma Society Surgeons Award, the National Association of Public Hospitals Award, the American Trauma Society Achievement Award, the American Public Health Association Distinguished Achievement Award, Johnson and Johnson Foundation Leadership Award, Allstate Foundation Safety Leadership Award, the Hospital Association of New York Community Health Award, the American Association of Medical Colleges’ David E. Rogers Award, the Foundation for Women in Medicine Renaissance Woman Award, Columbia University Dean’s Distinguished Award in Clinical Science, the National Library of Medicine Changing the Face of Medicine recognition, the NY Academy of Medicine Rudin Award, the CDC Foundation National Hero Award, the American College of Surgeons Humanitarian Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section Ladd Medal among others. Dr. Barlow’s research focused on traumatic injury to children and on injury prevention for the past forty years. She is a former member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Barlow received a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Her general surgical training was completed at Bronx Municipal Hospital followed by a Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She was then appointed Chief of Pediatric Surgery and later Director of Surgery at Harlem Hospital in New York City.

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Mailman School of Public Health
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