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Sean Barnett, MD, Division Chief

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neonatal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, innovative outpatient surgical strategies, medical innovation


Dr. Barnett specializes in neonatal and minimally invasive surgery. He established the same day evaluation and procedure program for hernia care to help fast track the process and procedure for a more seamless experience for families. Dr. Barnett is also the chairman of the department of surgery, director of the south campus surgery center, associate professor at Wright State University School of Medicine and the division chief of the pediatric surgery department.

meet Dr. Barnett

Check out this 90-second video to learn more about what makes Dr. Barnett tick! 


education and training

  • medical school: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • internship: University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics
  • residency: General Surgery, University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics
  • fellowship: Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • board certification: Surgery with special qualifications in Pediatric Surgery

publications and presentations

  • Barnett SJ, Frischer JS, Gaskey J, Ryckman RA, Von Allmen D,. Pediatric Hernia: One-Stop Shopping. J Pediatr Surg 2012;47(1):213-6
  • Barnett SJ. Surgical management of adolescent obesity. Advances in Pediatrics 2013;60:311-325
  • Barnett SJ. Bariatric surgical management of adolescents with morbid obesity. Current Opinion in Pediatrics 2013;25(4):515-20
  • Inge TH, Zeller MH, Jenkins TM, Barnett SJ, et al. Perioperative outcome of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery: The teen longitudinal assessment of bariatric surgery (TEEN-Labs) study. JAMA Pediatr 2014;168(1):47-53
  • Barnett SJ, Katz A. Patients as partners in innovation. Semin Pediatr Surg 2015;24(3):141-4
  • Invited lecturer, 2nd Annual Richard DeWall ME Surgical Innovation Lecture, WSU Department of Surgery, April 2016.

awards, honors and organizations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Faculty American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
  • Member of: International Pediatric Endoscopy Group (IPEG)
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American College of Surgery (ACS)
  • Owen H. Wangensteen Surgical Society Committee member
  • Innovation Committee - IPEG
  • New Technology Committee, Vice Chair - APSA


Associate Professor of Surgery

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I cherish the opportunity to significantly make a difference in improving children's lives through surgery.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

kids are the foundation of life and always make me feel young at heart. Dayton Children’s is the regional leader in the care of children and I am proud to return to my hometown.

Dayton Children's is special because...

everyone is dedicated to working as a team to provide the ultimate care experience for the care of children in the region.

ratings and reviews
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Dayton Survey

Very respectful and knowledgeable. Dr. Barnett made my daughter feel comfortable.

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Dayton Survey

It is a great place and I have a lot of trust in the doctors and nurses there esp for my preemie!!

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Dayton Survey

Everyone we spoke with was very nice and helpful!

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