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Edward Barksdale, MD

Edward Barksdale, MD


Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery

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  • Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Vice Chairman, Department of Pediatric Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Division Chief, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Surgeon-in-Chief, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Professor of Surgery, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine

Edward Barksdale, MD, is the division chief of Pediatric Surgery, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatric Surgery and division chief of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He is Surgeon-in-Chief at UH Rainbow, holds the Robert J. Izant, Jr., MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery, and is a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Barksdale is nationally recognized as a leader in pediatric surgery. Notable areas of expertise include the management of short bowel syndrome, in utero malformations and the immunobiology of neuroblastoma. Additionally, Dr. Barksdale recently launched a hospital-based violence intervention program for teens called the Antifragility Initiative. The program aims to reduce recidivism, prevent adverse outcomes, and improve the patient’s overall well-being.

Dr. Barksdale graduated from Yale University with a BS in biology and earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery followed by a pediatric surgery research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). While there, he became the first African American to serve as the prestigious Chief of the West Surgery Service. He continued his residency training in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Before joining UH Rainbow as Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Barksdale spent 13 years as an attending pediatric surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

A distinguished researcher, Dr. Barksdale has authored dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has been invited to present at meetings and conferences across the country.

Dr. Barksdale has earned numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career. These include being named one of both the Best Doctors in America and Cleveland Magazine’s Best Doctors for the past 13 years, Patients’ Choice Award, Who’s Who in Black Cleveland, and one of the Top Influential Black Doctors by Savoy Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Barksdale was included in the Inaugural Academy of Distinguished Clinicians at University Hospitals.

Dr. Barksdale is a member of many prestigious professional societies, and in 2021 began a one-year term as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Other memberships include the National Medical Association, Society of University Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.


  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • In-Utero Malformations
  • Pediatric Hematology
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Short Bowel Syndrome


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Office Locations

RBC Rainbow Babies & Childrens

11100 Euclid Ave
Suite: 170
Cleveland, OH 44106

Pediatric Specialties

5850 Landerbrook Dr
Suite: 220
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

DO 960 Clague

960 Clague Rd
Suite: 2470
Westlake, OH 44145

UH Twinsburg Health Center

8819 Commons Blvd
Suite: 202
Twinsburg, OH 44087

Certifications & Memberships

  • Pediatric Surgery - American Board of Surgery
  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery


Fellowship | Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric Surgery - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (1992 - 1994)

Residency | General Surgery
General Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital (1989 - 1991)

Research Fellowship | Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital (1987 - 1989)

Residency | General Surgery
General Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital (1985 - 1987)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - Massachusetts General Hospital (1984 - 1985)

Medical Education
Harvard Medical School (1984)

Yale University (1980)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Edward Barksdale did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.