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Joseph Seaton Barr, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


Accepting New Patients


Dr. Barr no longer performs surgery, but he consults on adult musculoskeletal problems and appropriately refers cases requiring surgery. He specializes in arthritis, spinal problems, and amputations. In addition, he consults on medico-legal issues.



Clinical Interests
  • Medico-legal analysis
  • Personal injury
  • Workers' compensation
  • orthopedic consultations on adult musculoskeletal problems
  • Hip arthritis
  • Knee arthritis
  • Spinal problems
  • Amputation problems
  • Fracture care
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Boston Children's Hospital|Residency, Station Hospital US Navy|Residency, VA Boston Healthcare System
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Unicare
  • United Healthplan (non-HMO) - other

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group


Dr. Barr no longer performs surgery, but he does see patients for office visits and refers cases to his colleagues when necessary. He also does medico-legal evaluations and consultations. Dr. Barr's specialties include the hip and knee, spinal problems, amputations and rehabilitation. He has offices at Massachusetts General Hospital and Faulkner Hospital. Dr. Barr is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and he is involved in two Continuing Medical Education courses annually.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Barr's research interests are in the field of amputations and medico-legal issues.


Select Publications and Presentations:

  • Barr, JS, Jr., Presidential Address, The Third Decade: Cervical Spine Research Society, Spine 1994; 19:2254-57.
  • Barr, JS, Jr., Diagnosis and Treatment of Infections Following Internal Fixation of Hip Fractures, Ortho. Clin. North. Am. 1974; 5:847.
  • Warren, R. James, RC, Banks, HH, Barr, JS, Jr., Bonner, CD and Mooney. MV. The Boston Interhospital Amputation Study. Arch. Surg. 1973; MVI. 107:861.
  • Barr, JS, Jr., Experiences with a Sliding Nail in Femoral Neck Fractures. Clin. Ortho. Rel. Research 1973; 92:63.
  • Hoffman, JF Eden, M., Barr, JS, Jr., and Bedell, RHS. The Hemolytic Volume of Human Erythrocytes. J. Cell Comp. Physiol., 1968; 51:405.


Zero Emerson Place
Suite 120
Boston, MA 02114
Phone 1: 617-726-3563
Phone 2: 617-522-1734
Fax: 617-742-7849

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