Stephen L. Barrett, D.P.M., MBA“It has been my mission since before starting practice, and to an even greater extent for the last decade, to improve patient care, decrease pain for patients and to find a successful treatment for those “few” patients who suffer from something they have been told cannot be helped. There are more than 20 million patients out there who are not receiving optimal care. I cannot begin to express the inner self-fulfillment I receive when one of my patients comes back to me and says something like: “I’ve been to 8 different doctors of multiple specialties, and you are the first one to figure this out.” It is my mission not to just find more “answers” for my patients, but to develop an evolving protocol, based on the most sound science available today from all specialties ranging from pain management to neurology, and orchestrate them into a cogent, comprehensive, multimodal protocol that is easily reproducible and can be placed into the hands of experienced and knowledgeable practitioners who are already successful in their own practices. USNC will change thousands of lives—not just hundreds.”

Dr. Barrett is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. He is also board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Barrett is a United States Patent holder for the development of two endoscopic surgical procedures: endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) and endoscopic decompression of intermetatarsal nerve (EDIN). He has trained more than 6,000 surgeons throughout the world in these techniques, and his EPF technique is featured in Campbell’s Operative Orthopedics, which is considered a seminal textbook in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Barrett is a contributing editor for the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the editorial board of Podiatry Today, and the editorial board for Practical Pain Management.

He is considered by his peers as an expert in heel pain, and has additional focus in lower extremity peripheral nerve surgery for the management of pain syndromes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Barrett is active in clinical research and teaching, and performed the first diabetic peripheral nerve decompression in Barcelona, Spain at a University teaching conference on closed circuit television for 74 of Europe’s top surgeons, neurologists, and endocrinologists. He has published 29 articles in peer reviewed medical journals, authored several chapters in medical textbooks, and has also co-authored a textbook on the interpretation of Neurosensory testing. His textbook: “Practical Pain Management for the Lower Extremity Surgeon” was published in the fall of 2015.

Dr. Barrett is considered one of the world’s experts in the treatment and diagnosis of heel pain. He was the first physician to introduce minimally invasive endoscopic surgery to the foot in addition to other surgical innovations with which he is credited. He was an adjunct associate professor at Midwestern University College of Health Sciences, Podiatric Medicine Program.

He was also a former president of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, a national multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the study and surgery of peripheral nerve. Dr. Barrett received the Jules Tinel, M.D. award in 2010, which is the highest award granted by the nerve society.

He has operated in China, Spain, France, Italy, and Honduras, performing mission work there.

Medical Degree: William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Medical Arts/Danforth Hospital, Houston, TX

Foot and Ankle Surgery, Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Minimally Invasive/Endoscopic Techniques

Board Certifications
Board Certified in Podiatric Surgery

Recent Relevant Published Research

  1. Dellon, A.L., Muse, VL, Nickerson, DS, Akre, T, Anderson, SR, Barrett, S.L., “Prevention of Ulceration, Amputation, and reduction of hospitilization: Outcomes of a Prospective Multicenter Trial of Tibial Neurolysis in Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy.” J. Reconstructive Microsurg, May, 2012 28(4):241-6
  2. Barrett, S.L., Rabat, E., Buitrago, M., Rascon, V., Applegate, P.D., “Endoscopic Decompression of Intermetatarsal Nerve (EDIN) for the Treatment of Morton’s Entrapment—Multicenter Retrospective Review” Open Journal of Orthopedics, June 2012.
  3. Barrett, S.L., “Emerging Insights On Minimal Incision Osteotomies”, Podiatry Today, Vol. 25, Issue 6, June, 2012.

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