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Douglas A. Barnes, M.D.

Douglas A. Barnes, M.D.

Douglas Barnes, M.D., is the chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also the medical director of the Houston Shriners Hospital's motion analysis center. He received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Barnes completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a student fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Alfred I. duPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware.

Dr. Barnes has expertise in pediatric orthopedic surgery with over 35 years of experience. He has multiple publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, textbooks and abstracts.  He also carries out several scientific editorial appointments. Dr. Barnes also has a passion for teaching and academia. The Houston hospital is a teaching institution where he leads the program and he holds numerous continuing medical education course directorships. He presents regularly throughout the United States and Canada. 

He has practiced his entire career in the world renowned Texas Medical Center with appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and The Fondren Orthopedic Group before coming to Shriners Hospitals for Children in 1995.


  • Medical Degree, Baylor College of Medicine
  • B.S, Chemistry, Denison University

Postgraduate training:

  • Internship - Rotating Surgical, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
  • Residency - Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
  • Fellowship - Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Alfred I. duPont Institute

Professional organizations:

  • American Orthopaedic Society
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Houston Orthopedic Society
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Shrine Surgeons Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association
  • Western Orthopaedic Association

Current academic faculty positions:

  • Primary appointment:
    Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery (Tenured)
    Baylor College of Medicine 
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery 
  • Secondary appointment: 
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Tenured)
    Baylor College of Medicine 
    Department of Pediatrics
  • Primary appointment: 
    Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery 
    University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston 
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery 

Board certification:

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Awards, publications and textbook contributions

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