Barbara Barlow

Barbara Barlow

Barbara Barlow

Special Lecturer / Professor Emerita of Surgery


Mailman School of Public Health - 915
New York NY US 10037
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Barbara Barlow, MD, has focused her research on traumatic injury to children and injury prevention for the past 25 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a National Program developed with funding from of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Injury Free, a coalition of Injury Prevention Programs in Pediatric Trauma Centers located in major cities in the U. S., reduces injury through education, construction of safe play areas, and the development and support of safe supervised activities with strong adult mentors. Major injury admissions of community children in Harlem decreased by more than 60% since the program started at Harlem Hospital in 1988. The Program and Dr. Barlow have received awards from the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the National Safety Council, the American Trauma Society, the National Association of Public Hospitals, Society of Public Health Educators of the American Public Health Association, Johnson and Johnson Foundation, Allstate Foundation, the Hospital Association of New York, among others. Dr. Barlow's 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 Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Harlem Hospital from 1975 to 1999, where she started the Injury Prevention Program, and served as Director of Surgery at Harlem Hospital from 1999 until 2009.


MD, 1967, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MA, 1963, Columbia University
BA, 1960, Vassar College

Editorial Boards

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Journal of the American Public Health Association

Columbia Affiliations

Executive Director , Injury Free Coalition for Kids
Associate Director, Co-Director of Outreach, CIEPAC

Other Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Association
American Association for Surgery of Trauma
American Surgical Association
New York Academy of Medicine

Honors & Awards

CDC Foundation National Hero Award, 2011
Distinguished Women in Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 2003
Dean?s Distinguished Award in the Clinical Sciences, Columbia University, 2003
Distinguished Career Award, American Public Health Association, 2001
David E. Rogers Award. Assoc. of American Medical Colleges, 2001

Select Urban Health Activities

Injury Free Coalition for Kids: Through education,improving the physical and social environment for children,and developing a coalition from the medical community, governmental agencies and the community parents and organizations, we work to reduce injury to children and promote safe communities.

Select Publications

Davidson, LL, Durkin, MS, O'Connor P, Barlow B, Heagarty MC The epidemiology of severe injuries to children in northern Manhattan: Methods and incidence rates Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 6 153-165 1992
Durkin MS, Davidson LL, Kuhn L, O'Connor P, Barlow B. Low income neighborhood and risk of severe pediatric injury: A small area analysis in northern Manhattan American Journal of Public Health 84 587-592 1994
Davidson LL, Durkin MS, Kuhn L, O'Conner P, Barlow B, Heagarty MC The impact of the safe kids/healthy neighborhoods injury prevention program in Harlem 1988 to 1991 American Journal of Public Health 84 580-586 1994
Laraque D, Barlow B, Durkin M, Heagarty M Injury prevention in an urban setting: Challenges and successes Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 72 16-30 1995
Durkin M, Kuhn L, Davidson L, Laraque D, Barlow B Epidemiology and prevention of severe assault and gun injuries to children in an urban community Journal of Trauma 41 667-673 1996
Durkin M, Olsen S, Barlow B, Virella A Connolly Jr, ES The epidemiology of urban pediatric neurological trauma: Evaluation of, and implications for, injury prevention programs Neurosurgery 42 300-310 1998
Durkin M, Laraque D, Lubman I, Barlow B Epidemiology and prevention of traffic injuries to urban children and adolescents Pediatrics 103 (6) e74 1999
Pressley J, Villar S, Barlow B Ethnic disparities in injury of children and adolescents due to falls from buildings and structures in the USA Applied Environmental Science and Public Health 1:2 79-87 2004
Pressley J, Barlow B Preventing injury and injury-related disability in children and adolescents Seminars in Pediatric Surgery 13:2 2004
Pressely JC, Barlow B, Durkin M, et al A national program for injury prevention in children and adolescents Journal of Urban Health 2005

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