John Donald E Barks MD

Professor, Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics
Clinical Interests:

Neonatology and neonatal neurology.


U of M Pediatric Neonatology

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Floor 8-621
1540 E Hospital Dr SPC 4254
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • Queen's University, 1980


  • I.W. Killam Hospital for Children, Pediatrics, 1982

  • The Hospital for Sick Children, Pediatrics, 1984


  • Neonatology, The Hospital for Sick Children, 1985

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Holden Perinatal Hospital/C.S. Mott Children's Hos, 1987

Professional Organizations

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada

Board Certification

  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

  • Pediatrics


Dr. Barks' clinical research interests are hypothermic neuroprotection for infants with suspected hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy of 36 weeks gestation or greater, and neonatal seizures. His laboratory research explores mechanisms of neonatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury, neuroprotective strategies and enhancing recovery from neonatal brain injury.


John Barks, M.D. is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, the Director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Director of Neonatology Research, co-director of the Brain Research and Innovative Neurological Care for Newborns (B.R.A.I.N. Care) Program, and member of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. Dr. Barks earned his Medical Degree from Queens University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He completed his fellowships in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 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. Dr. Barks' clinical research and laboratory research interest is in neonatal neurology. Special clinical interests include hypothermia treatment of neonatal brain injury, bedside EEG monitoring, imaging of the neonatal brain and ultrasound-guided vascular access.