John D. E. Barks, M.D.

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Medical School
    Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Dr. John Barks is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, the Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Director of Neonatology Research, co-director of the Brain Research and Innovative Neurological Care for Newborns (B.R.A.I.N. Care) Program, and member of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. Dr. Barks earned his Medical Degree from Queens University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He completed his fellowships in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Barks is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of neonatal intensive care medicine. Dr. Barks’ clinical research and laboratory research interest is in neonatal neurology. Special clinical interests include hypothermia treatment of neonatal brain injury, bedside EEG monitoring, imaging of the neonatal brain and ultrasound-guided vascular access.

Clinical Research Interests:  hypothermic neuroprotection for infants with suspected hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy of 36 weeks gestation or greater, and neonatal seizures.

Laboratory Research:  laboratory research explores mechanisms of neonatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury, neuroprotective strategies and enhancing recovery from neonatal brain injury.

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