Audrey Foster-Barber


  • Associate Professor, Neurology
  • 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 patientâs 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.

Education & Training

  • University of California , San Francisco, CA

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

  • Board Certified Palliative Care

  • Teaching Scholars Program , UCSF

  • Board Certified Neurology, with special qualification in Child Neurology

  • University of California, San Francisco

  • University of California, San Francisco

    Graduate Division (TETRAD Program)


  • HarnEnz Z, Vermilion P, Foster-Barber A, Treat L. Pediatric neuropalliative care. Handb Clin Neurol. 2023; 191:157-184. PubMed

  • Nicola Sequeira, Keon Min Park, Patricia O’Sullivan, Christopher Fee, Audrey Foster-Barber, Margaret McNamara, Kanade Shinkai, Margo Vener, Hubert Kim, Patricia Cornett, Adnan Alseidi. Designing successful virtual residency interviews: a survey-based needs assessment of applicants across medical specialties. Global Surgical Education - Journal of the Association for Surgical Education. 2022 Mar 9; 1(1):7.

  • Krishnan P, Glenn OA, Samuel MC, Sheriff H, Foster-Barber A, Sejvar JJ, Roy-Burman A, Wadford DA, Preas CP, Tureen JH, Glaser CA. Acute Fulminant Cerebral Edema: A Newly Recognized Phenotype in Children With Suspected Encephalitis. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2021 Apr 03; 10(3):289-294. PubMed

  • Numis AL, Foster-Barber A, Deng X, Rogers EE, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Glass HC. Early changes in pro-inflammatory cytokine levels in neonates with encephalopathy are associated with remote epilepsy. Pediatr Res. 2019 11; 86(5):616-621. PubMed

  • 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. PubMed

  • 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, DDD Study, Dijkstra S, Schieving J, Giltay J, van Gassen KL, Schuurs-Hoeijmakers J, Tan PL, Pediaditakis I, Haas SA, Retterer K, Reed P, Monaghan KG, Haverfield E, Natowicz M, Myers A, Kruer MC, Stein Q, Strauss KA, Brigatti KW, Keating K, Burton BK, Kim KH, Charrow J, Norman J, Foster-Barber A, Kline AD, Kimball A, Zackai E, Harr M, Fox J, McLaughlin J, Lindstrom K, Haude KM, van Roozendaal K, Brunner H, Chung WK, Kooy RF, Pfundt R, Kalscheuer V, Mehta SG, Katsanis N, Kleefstra T. 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. PubMed

  • 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. PubMed

  • Nilika Singhal, Audrey Foster-Barber. Alexander Disease: Demonstration on Neuroimaging. Neurological Bulletin. 2012 Jan 1; 4(1):45-46.

  • Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, Audrey Foster-Barber, Julie Hauer, Nadia Tremonti, Christina K. Ullrich. Advanced Management of Distressing Non-Pain Symptoms in Pediatric Palliative Care (P13). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2010 Feb 1; 39(2):328-329.

  • 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. PubMed

  • Yoon G, Kramer J, Zanko A, Guzijan M, Lin S, Foster-Barber A, Boxer AL. Speech and language delay are early manifestations of juvenile-onset Huntington disease. Neurology. 2006 Oct 10; 67(7):1265-7. PubMed

  • 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. PubMed

  • Yu W, Binder D, Foster-Barber A, Malek R, Smith WS, Higashida RT. Endovascular embolectomy of acute basilar artery occlusion. Neurology. 2003 Nov 25; 61(10):1421-3. PubMed

  • 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. PubMed

  • Foster-Barber A, Bishop JM. Src interacts with dynamin and synapsin in neuronal cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 Apr 14; 95(8):4673-7. PubMed

  • Foster-Barber A, Magee J, Heyman MB. Rapidly progressive and fatal scleromyxedema in an adolescent with Crohn's disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1995 Jan; 20(1):107-11. PubMed

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