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barnesDr. Lowry Barnes is the chair of the Orthopedic Department at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He specializes in hip and knee replacement surgeries.

Barnes earned his medical degree from UAMS in 1986 and stayed at the school for his internship and residency. He also completed an adult reconstructive and arthritis surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Barnes, in 1998, helped found Arkansas Specialty Orthopedics. In the years since, he has cultivated a reputation as an innovative surgeon and thought leader within the specialty.

Barnes developed and patented numerous surgical devices and hip and knee implants. He also consults for Wright Medical, a medical device manufacturer based in Memphis, Tennessee. Barnes consistently ranks as one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Arkansas and has earned multiple honors for his work, including the Arthritis Foundation Person of the Year award.

The surgeon gives lectures across the globe, covering everything from total joint replacement techniques to payment models. Recently, Barnes has focused his talks on the rise of value-based care and its place within the current healthcare market.

“After 20 years, I have been to the podium more times than I like to think,” Barnes said. “Mainly today I am talking about efficiencies. There is now tremendous interest in true value-based care, alternatives like bundled payments and early discharge from the hospital.”

Barnes’ insights have earned him acclaim. In 2006, The Knee Society awarded him the John N. Insall Traveling Fellowship.

The surgeon contributes to various peer-reviewed journals and has published numerous papers on joint replacement techniques. Barnes also works on the editorial board of the Journal of Arthroplasty and Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research and edits for the Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances.