Joshua A. Barber, MD

Joshua A. Barber

Contact Information

PCI Medical Pavilion 1

202 10th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
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Special Interests

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Motion Preservation Spine Surgery
  • Outpatient Spine Surgery
  • Robotic and Navigation-Assisted Spine Surgery
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Neck Pain with Arm Pain
  • Back Pain with Leg Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (Spondylosis)
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spine Degeneration (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Trauma
  • Vertebral Fractures
  • Adult Deformity
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spine Instability
  • Radiculophaty
  • Myelopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Nerve Compression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Complex Revision Surgery
  • Revision/Redo Spine Surgery



  • BA: Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Triple Major: Biology / Psychology / Neuroscience
  • MD - University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri-Columbia


  • Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship, University of California-Davis


  • Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), AO Spine
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


  • AO North America Spine Fellow

Book Chapters Published

  • Benzel’s Spine Surgery. Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management. Fifth Edition; Chapter 17 – Complication in Spine Surgery: Classification and Expected Rates. Primary Author – Joshua Barber, MD. Secondary Author – Joseph Wick, MD. Senior Author – Eric Klineberg, MD

Spine Research Interests / Publications

  • Spondylolisthesis Reduction in Lumbar Spine Fusion, Complications in Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Lateral Corpectomy, Minimally-Invasive TLIF vs. Open TLIF, Complex MRI Imaging for Trauma, Ligament Augmentation to Prevent PJK, Variability in Opioid Prescription after Spine Surgery, Balance Parameters in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients,

Patient/Provider Philosophy

I strive to provide the right treatment options for each individual patient. Regardless of the simplicity or complexity of your clinical presentation, I will treat you with compassionate diligence in order to develop a patient-centered personalized care plan. By aligning your particular goals with evidence-based, outcome-driven medicine, we will develop a unique plan to reduce your pain and improve your function in order to focus on living your life, rather than managing your condition. Fortunately, most neck and back-related problems can be resolved with non-surgical care. Should you require surgery, I am trained in both traditional open techniques and modern minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of various spine conditions.

Year Joined PCI


Why Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa?

At PCI, there is no doubt that the patient comes first. This comprehensive, multi-specialty practice is well integrated in its ability to provide all aspects of patient care and will seamlessly guide your treatment and efficiently coordinate your care. Behind the scenes, PCI feels like a community, rather than a business, which is quite rare in the healthcare industry and medical field. After spending 8 consecutive years of my life between Coe College and the Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, I felt drawn back to the area and I look forward to walking down familiar streets, building relationships, and providing exceptional care.

Personal Interests

Travel, Mediocre Golf, Exploring New Cultures and Cuisines, Weight-Lifting, Running, Skiing,
Indoor/Outdoor Sand Volleyball, Tough Mudder [x5], Culinary, Hiking with my Siberian Husky / German Shepherd Rescue, Mountain Climbing, Free-Diving, Spending Time with Friends/Family

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