Dr. Barbara Barlow is Professor Emerita of Surgery in Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a National Program developed with funding from of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.
Injury Free is a coalition of Injury Prevention Programs in Pediatric Trauma Centers located in major cities in the United States. The Injury Free Program reduces injury through education, construction of safe play areas, and the development and support of safe supervised activities with strong adult mentors. Major injury admissions of community children in Harlem have decreased by more than 60% since the program started in 1988. The Program and Dr. Barlow have received awards from the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the National Safety Council, the American Trauma Society, the National Association of Public Hospitals, Society of Public Health Educators of the American Public Health Association, Johnson and Johnson Foundation, Allstate Foundation, the Hospital Association of New York, the American Association of Medical Colleges’ David E. Rogers Award, the Renaissance Woman Award from the Foundation for Women in Medicine, the Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association Section on Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, and the Sloan Public Service Award from the Fund for the City of New York.
Dr. Barlow’ s research has focused on traumatic injury to children and on injury prevention for the past twenty-five years. She is a former member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Barlow received a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Her general surgical training was completed at Bronx Municipal Hospital followed by a Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.