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Barbara A. Gaines, MD

Barbara Gaines, MD
Job Title Clinical Director, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Job Title Director, Trauma and Injury Prevention
Job Title Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Training Program
Job Title Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-7280 Phone
412-692-6069 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1990 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.


1997 General Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 


2000 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
1998 Surgical Critical Care, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.


  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Specialty Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA)
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST)
  • Surgical Infection Society (SIS)
  • Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation
  • Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Section of Accredited Trauma Centers
  • Society of University Surgeons

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, Specialty of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery


  • 2010-2012 Top Doctors Award, Pediatric Surgery, Pittsburgh Magazine
  • Outstanding Surgeon, Critical Care Staff, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Alfred E. Blalock Award, Surgical Research, Vanderbilt University
  • Travel Award, Tolerance Symposium
  • Young Investigator Award, American Motility Society
  • Raven Society, University of Virginia
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Virginia Alpha
  • Magna Cum Laude, Brown University
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Brown University Chapter
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Rhode Island Alpha


  • Vitale MA, Mertz KJ, Gaines BA, Zuckerbraun NS.  Morbidity associated with golf-related injuries among children:  findings from a pediatric trauma center.  Pediatr Emerg Care.
  • Guglani L, Broyles, J, Gaines BA, Finder, JD.  Chest Mass in a 13-year-old boy.  Arch Dis Child.
  • O’Brien SH, Klima J, Gaines BA, Betz S, Zenati MS.  Utilization of low-molecular-weight heparin prophylaxis in pediatric and adolescent trauma patients.  J Trauma Nurs. 

Research Interests

  • Quality of life after Pediatric Trauma
  • Evaluation of Pediatric Injury Prevention initiatives
  • Clinical trials in pediatric patients
  • Outcomes-related research in pediatric general surgery and trauma
  • Surgical Infections in pediatric patients

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Translation of Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Guidelines to Pediatric Trauma
  • Evaluating Utilization of a Pediatric Traumatic Stress Assessment Tool
  • Evaluation of Pediatric Trauma Triage Criteria for Highest Trauma Activation 
  • Adolescent Trauma at Pediatric and Adult Trauma Centers
  • TBI Symptom Screening and Resolution Prediction
  • The Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients Sustaining a Major Trauma is Impaired Both Short Term and Long Term.
  • Pancreatitis and Traumatic Brain Injury: Relationship or Coincidence?
  • Radiation from Computed Tomography Imaging in Pediatric Trauma Patients
  • Neuroradiological Findings in Non-Accidental Trauma Patients
  • PASS-Pediatric Abdominal Sonogram Study
  • Kohl's Safety Center Program Evaluation Project
Last Update
October 15, 2013
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Last Update
October 15, 2013