Dr. Barr is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesia in the Medical Center Line at Stanford, and a Staff Anesthesiologist and Intensivist at the VA Palo Alto Medical Center. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins. She is board certified in internal medicine, anesthesiology, and critical care medicine. After completing a post-doctoral research fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Stanford, Dr. Barr joined the Stanford faculty in the Department of Anesthesia and became a staff anesthesiologist and intensivist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in 1992. Dr. Barr has over 20 years of experience in critical care leadership, innovation, quality improvement, education and research. She is passionate about improving the lives of critically ill patients.
Dr. Barr was the lead author of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Adults Patients in the Intensive Care Unit, and she is currently a faculty member of the SCCM's ICU Liberation Campaign ABCDEF Bundle Collaborative. She co-founded the first intensivist-led interdisciplinary ICU Team at the Palo Alto VA in 1993, and founded the first VA ICU Nurse Practitioner Program there in 2011. She has served as the Medical Director of the VA Respiratory Therapy Department (20 yr) and the VA ICU NP Program (4 yr). As a Stanford faculty member, Dr. Barr co-founded and served as the Director of the Stanford Critical Care Medical Student Clerkship. She has also been a member of the Stanford Faculty Senate, the Medical School Admissions Committee, and the Human Subjects Committee. At a national level, Dr. Barr chaired the SCCM’s Patient and Family Support Committee and the Ethics Committee. She has participated in several national collaboratives to improve ICU patient care, including IHI's 100k lives and the 5 million lives campaigns. Dr. Barr’s research interests include the mathematical modeling of the clinical pharmacology of sedatives and opioids commonly administered to ICU patients, and ICU outcomes research. Dr. Barr has published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.
Associate Professor - Med Center Line, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Director, Critical Care Core Clerkship, Stanford University School of Medicine (2005 - 2015)