Dr. Roland Barr grew up in small university towns in the Midwest (Columbia, Missouri and Athens, Ohio). He earned his BA in Biology Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, graduating from Benjamin Franklin Scholars Honors Program. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson where he received honors grades in every class and rotation and graduated as the outstanding senior medical student.
Dr. Barr continued his training with a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Wright State University-Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He completed the Joint Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of California – San Diego, which involved research and extensive surgical experience in total joint replacement surgery as well as joint preserving surgery for adults.
Dr. Barr is a clinical assistant professor at the SIU College of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an active fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Message to Patients:
It is my pleasure to serve the people of the Southern Illinois area. I love my work, and providing for the orthopaedic needs of those in my community is a wonderful job and blessing. My specialty is orthopaedic surgery – the treatment of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. My subspecialty is adult reconstruction, which includes total joint replacement and other surgeries for the treatment and prevention of adult arthritis. Every general orthopaedic surgeon must complete a five-year residency training program after medical school. My program in Ohio was especially strong in hand and arthroscopic surgery. Afterward, I elected to do an additional full year of fellowship training in adult reconstructive joint surgery. At the University of California in San Diego I worked closely with some of the world’s leaders in the field. Our focus was complex primary and revision joint replacement surgery.
When I moved to Southern Illinois in 1999, I brought with me the expertise of urban centers in the Midwest, East and West Coasts. We already had quality joint replacement programs in place and since my arrival, I have seen the Southern Illinois Hospitals implement further improvements. They have the latest specialized surgical equipment to allow us to handle any problem in joint replacement surgery. We have instituted patient education programs and routine outcomes data collection on total joint patients since early in my practice. Advanced anesthesia and pain management protocols, accelerated therapy programs and the latest in minimally invasive hip and knee techniques are allowing our patients to get home earlier and recover from surgery faster than ever before. I believe that the quality of care received by our patients equals that of any major medical center in the country.
In my office there is an emphasis on individualizing the care of each patient to his or her specific needs and circumstances. I focus on teaching patients about their disease and helping them to make the decision that is best for them at that time. I have experience with metal and ceramic bearing hip replacements, hip resurfacing, custom and patient-specific hip and knee implants as well as their appointments or decisions, and often express their appreciation for this.
Surgery is not always the best answer, even with advanced or “end-stage” arthritis. We have several treatment options at our disposal in the care of adult arthritis. I welcome anyone with troubling joint pain to come and join us, explore their options available and work toward improved function, decreased pain and a better quality of life.
– Roland Barr, MD