John Barks, M.D. is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, the Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (since 2009) and is a member of the multidisciplinary Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center.
Dr. Barks earned his Medical Degree from Queens University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1980. After residency training in Pediatrics in Halifax and Toronto, he undertook fellowships in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (Neonatology) at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan. Dr. Barks is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of neonatal intensive care medicine, with a particular interest in neonatal neurology and neurocritical care.
Dr. Barks' clinical research and laboratory research interest is in neonatal neurology. Dr. Barks participated in some of the ground-breaking clinical research that led to the establishment of therapeutic hypothermia as the standard treatment for neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy for term and near-term infants.