Dr. David Barba, MD

Dr. David Barba, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 65
Dr. David Barba, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in San Diego, CA and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California in 1979 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

4510 Executive Dr

San Diego, CA 92121

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Brain Surgery
very high
more than 89% of peers
Brain Disorders
more than 87% of peers
Deep Brain Stimulation
more than 82% of peers

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Dr. Barba's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Barba "David Barba, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon focusing on surgical treatment of people with epilepsy and movement disorders. While often presumed a last resort, surgery can be performed as a highly effective therapy for epilepsy, movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor), and certain pain syndromes (trigeminal neuralgia). This type of surgery is called functional neurosurgery. Dr. Barba has extensive experience and training in functional neurosurgical techniques including microsurgery, deep brain stimulation, vagal nerve stimulation, awake brain surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. He also performs surgery to remove spinal and brain malignancies, pituitary tumors, and to relieve spinal conditions including sciatica. Dr. Barba joined the neurosurgical faculty at UC San Diego Health in 1988. He has been invited as a distinguished lecturer or panelist at over 50 conferences. He is also a member of many scientific and professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the San Diego Academy of Neurological Surgeons, and the Research Society of Neurological Surgeons. As a professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Barba trains surgeons during their fellowship as well as established surgeons from medical centers across the country on functional neurosurgical techniques. He is active in clinical research including studies of brain activity related to language and as a participant and consultant in studies of gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Dr. Barba did a research fellowship in microsurgical techniques for cerebral aneurysms and the posterior fossa at the Shinshu University in Matasumoto, Japan. He was also the EC-IC bypass fellow at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. In addition, Dr. Barba spent two years as a senior research fellow at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Barba earned his medical degree at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He is board-certified in neurological surgery and is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS). In addition to the location listed above, Dr. Barba also sees patients in El Centro. "
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

40  Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
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14  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Los Angeles Co Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • University Ca
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • National Institute Hlth/Natl Institute Neurol&Comm Dis&Stroke
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Shinshu University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • University Wstrn Ontario Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Barba has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Barba's Reviews

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6 total reviews

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Dr. Barba's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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