PNA Spotlight: Dr. Samuel Barnett

Dr. Samuel BarnettDr. Samuel Barnett is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He is also Co-director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Surgery Program at UT Southwestern. He is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

He is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency at UT Southwestern and then a fellowship in Skull Base and Cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the University of South Florida under the direction of Harry R. van Loveren, M.D.

Prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern, Dr. Barnett was Assistant Professor and Director of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

What is the primary focus of your work/research?

My clinical focus is the comprehensive management of tumors of the skull base, including pituitary tumors, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas and other complex lesions. I specialize in endoscopic endonasal techniques, but also utilize traditional open craniotomy and stereotactic radiosurgery when I feel it is most appropriate. My research focus is on refining surgical approaches and the clinical outcomes of skull base tumors, specifically pituitary adenomas. In addition, I collaborate with several basic scientists at my institution studying tumor metabolism.

What do you consider to be the future of your field?

As we accumulate data demonstrating that higher volume centers have better outcomes and lower complication rates, it will make sense to consolidate the treatment of patients with pituitary disorders at multi-disciplinary centers of excellence. Pituitary disorders often require the attention of multiple specialists and it is ideal to be taken care of at a center where all of those members of the team are right there, working together and ready to collaborate.

What should patients know about your field/what deserves more recognition/awareness?

I think it is important for patients to know that pituitary disorders are complex and best managed by a multi-disciplinary team. Although the transsphenoidal approach is the cornerstone of treatment, each patient deserves a tailored strategy and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

Why did you get involved with the PNA and what is the extent of your involvement?

I got involved with the PNA to ensure that my patients and I had access to the best available resources for pituitary disorders. It provides sound advice and accurate information to patients and families affected by pituitary disorders.

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