Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Associate Program Director
Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy Integrated Residency and Fellowship Programs
Baylor College of Medicine
Faculty Senator
Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Program Director
General Surgery Residency Program
Baylor College of Medicine


BS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MD from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
MPH from University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center
healthcare delivery systems
Residency at Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery / Baylor College of Medicine
general surgery
Clinical Fellowship at Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women's Hospital
vascular surgery and endovascular therapy


General Surgery
American Board of Surgery
Vascular Surgery
American Board of Surgery
Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Honors & Awards

Clark Faculty Service Award
Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care
Gene Guinn M.D. Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award for excellence in teaching general surgery residents
Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award for excellence in teaching medical students
Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award for excellence in teaching medical students
"Top Doctor"

Professional Interests

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Foot infections, including osteomyelitis
  • Leg bypass operations
  • Angioplasty/stent placement

Professional Statement

Dr. Neal R. Barshes is a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders, including a wide variety arterial, venous and lymphatic problems.

Dr. Barshes currently sees patients exclusively at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Barshes is actively researching ways to reduce leg amputations. He has contributed more than 100 articles to scholarly professional journals including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He has served on the Writing Committee for the American Heart Association's 2016 "Guidelines on the Management of Patients with Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease". He is an Associate Editor for the journal Diabetic Foot and Ankle and has reviewed manuscripts for more than twelve other professional journals.

The clinical efforts of Dr. Barshes are focused on preventing leg amputations among patients with foot infections and peripheral artery disease. This is often accomplished with a combination of: leg bypass surgery or angioplasty/stenting; foot surgery; and antibiotic therapy. Dr. Barshes also works with a multidisciplinary team of providers to help avoid delays in diagnosis and treatment, streamline care, and minimize unnecessary testing.

Selected Publications


American College of Surgeons
Society for Vascular Surgery
Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society
American Diabetes Association
Society of Brigham Surgical Alumni


Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial of a Silver Eluting Dressing System for the Prevention of Lower Extremity Revascularization Wound Complications
Grant funding from Brigham and Women's Hospital
Primary site investigator a multicenter, randomized trial to determine whether a post-operative dressing that elutes silver nanoparticles would help decrease wound infections or other complications.
Randomized, Multicenter, Controlled Trial to Compare Best Endovascular versus Best Surgical Therapy in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia
Grant funding from The National Institutes of Health (NIH); the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Primary site investigator for an ongoing multicenter trial comparing endovascular therapy (angioplasty +/- stent placement) to bypass surgery to improve leg circulation for limb-threatening conditions / avoidance of leg amputations.
Investigation of Rifampin to Reduce Pedal Amputations for osteomyelitis in Diabetics (VA INTREPID)
Affiliate funding from Veterans Health Care Cooperative Studies Program
Executive committee member and primary site investigator and for a prospective, randomized, multicenter trial comparing the addition of rifampin to standard antibiotics for the treatment of osteomyelitis (bone infection) of the foot in persons with diabetes.

Professional Development

"Value-Based Healthcare Delivery"
Sponsor: Harvard Business School
"Clinical Trial Methodology"
Sponsor: American College of Surgeons
"Diabetic Limb Salvage: A Team Approach"
Sponsor: Georgetown University Hospital