Audrey Foster-Barber, MD, PhD

Pediatric neurologist

Dr. Audrey Foster-Barber, a specialist in neurological conditions in children, has a particular interest in treating problems related to seizure, headache and neurocutaneous disorders (conditions affecting the skin and nervous system). Her expertise also encompasses encephalitis, neurocritical care (intensive care for neurological conditions) and pediatric palliative care (care of children with terminal illnesses). In her practice, she strives to maximize each patient’s quality of life and developmental potential.

Foster-Barber earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard College, graduating with high honors. At UCSF, she earned her medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry, with an emphasis on neuroscience, and completed the Medical Scientist Training Program and a postdoctoral fellowship in neurology. She also completed a residency in pediatrics and a residency in child neurology at UCSF, and participated in the UCSF Teaching Scholars Program.

Foster-Barber has received numerous honors, including the UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award, a pediatrics fellow teaching award and the A. P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society and American Academy of Pediatrics.


Child and Adolescent Neurology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7596
Fax: (415) 353-2400

NF1 Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (855) PBC-UCSF
Fax: (415) 353-2400

More about Audrey Foster-Barber


UCSF School of Medicine 1999


UCSF, Pediatrics 2002
UCSF, Child Neurology 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lemmon ME, Boss RD, Bonifacio SL, Foster-Barber A, Barkovich AJ, Glass HC. Characterization of Death in Neonatal Encephalopathy in the Hypothermia Era. J Child Neurol. 2017 03; 32(4):360-365.
  2. Snijders Blok L, Madsen E, Juusola J, Gilissen C, Baralle D, Reijnders MR, Venselaar H, Helsmoortel C, Cho MT, Hoischen A, Vissers LE, Koemans TS, Wissink-Lindhout W, Eichler EE, Romano C, Van Esch H, Stumpel C, Vreeburg M, Smeets E, Oberndorff K, van Bon BW, Shaw M, Gecz J, Haan E, Bienek M, Jensen C, Loeys BL, Van Dijck A, Innes AM, Racher H, Vermeer S, Di Donato N, Rump A, Tatton-Brown K, Parker MJ, Henderson A, Lynch SA, Fryer A, Ross A, Vasudevan P, Kini U, Newbury-Ecob R, Chandler K, Male A. Mutations in DDX3X Are a Common Cause of Unexplained Intellectual Disability with Gender-Specific Effects on Wnt Signaling. Am J Hum Genet. 2015 Aug 06; 97(2):343-52.
  3. Brumback RA, Foster-Barber A, Khakoo Y, Lewis KS. Mentoring the next generation of academic child neurologists. J Child Neurol. 2013 Jul; 28(7):837-9.
  4. Dapunt UA, Mok JM, Sharkey MS, Davis AA, Foster-Barber A, Diab M. Delayed presentation of tetraparesis following posterior thoracolumbar spinal fusion and instrumentation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Dec 01; 34(25):E936-41.
  5. Bartha AI, Foster-Barber A, Miller SP, Vigneron DB, Glidden DV, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Neonatal encephalopathy: association of cytokines with MR spectroscopy and outcome. Pediatr Res. 2004 Dec; 56(6):960-6.
  6. Foster-Barber A, Ferriero DM. Neonatal encephalopathy in the term infant: neuroimaging and inflammatory cytokines. Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2002; 8(1):20-4.

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