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Nathan G. Barford, D.O.

Nathan G. Barford, D.O.


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Appointment (585) 275-5321


About Me

Dr. Barford specializes in the non-surgical and interventional management of knee, hip, and shoulder pain in adults. He is a physiatrist, or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, with additional training in performing ultrasound guided joint procedures. He utilizes conservative and physic...
Dr. Barford specializes in the non-surgical and interventional management of knee, hip, and shoulder pain in adults. He is a physiatrist, or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, with additional training in performing ultrasound guided joint procedures. He utilizes conservative and physical rehabilitation measures in combination with injections to provide long-term non-surgical management of large joint disorders such as knee arthritis, meniscus tears, IT band syndrome, hip arthritis, hip bursitis/tendinitis, shoulder arthritis, frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement/bursitis, and rotator cuff disorders.

Dr. Barford earned his medical degree from A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio, then completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is specialty board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at URMC. He currently serves as chief of the Musculoskeletal Medicine division as well as Associate Director of Informatics for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Certified Specialties

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 2018 - 2019

Residency, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, MetroHealth Medical Center Graduate Medical Education. 2014 - 2018


DO | Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. 2014


Journal Articles

Publication Link

Lazaro, RM; Smith, KJ; Bawany, MH; Barford, N; Paul, JH.

A Pilot Study of Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis Patient Experience with Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

5.0 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

5.0 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.9 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Dr Barford is an outstanding doctor in all capacities. Kind, good listener and really wants to help relieve pain - solve your problem.

Mar 31, 2024

5.0 stars

[...] Superb!! Care.

Mar 21, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Barford is an excellent doctor

Mar 20, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Barford is outstanding!

Mar 10, 2024

5.0 stars

Reviewed MRI results, discussed physical therapy benefits, pain management with Tylenol and received cortisone injection.

Jan 24, 2024

5.0 stars

Really great doctor. Acts as if he has no other patients - just you.

Jan 07, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. Barford takes the time necessary to explain medical issues in a careful, non-condescending way. He has superb skills in this regard.

Dec 20, 2023

4.2 stars

I usually say very good but this time I went good because I don't think Dr. Barford [...] comprehended the thing I was trying to explain. But it may be my inability to articulate it properly.

Dec 13, 2023

5.0 stars

[...]. Dr. Barford explained everything very well.

Dec 11, 2023

5.0 stars

I was very impressed(and appreciative) with the thoroughness of his evaluation and his explanations of future goals. He demonstrated genuine concern regarding my medical issues.

Nov 13, 2023


I highly recommend this Doctor to friends & family. Excellent Service.

Nov 09, 2023


He spent some additional time discussing my right knee issues (which I saw him for in [...]), which was much appreciated

Nov 05, 2023


Follow up from in office for xrays was resulted in myChart. Dr Barford told me he would comment there and he did.

Sep 10, 2023


This was my initial appointment. Dr Barford was amazing. Listened, answered questions, knowledgeable, and was caring.

Sep 09, 2023


Excellent. Tried to figure out the best specialist to see next and made referral. [...]

Aug 20, 2023


Dr. Barford was excellent. Very helpful, kind, knowledgeable.

Aug 14, 2023


Impressed by provider's preparation. He had read my history.

Aug 11, 2023


Dr Barford has always been very good. I highly recommend him

Jul 30, 2023


Dr. Barford has very good communication skills and has empathy.

Jul 27, 2023


Very happy with everything.

Jul 21, 2023


I was treated very well and I am (my knees) are getting better

Jul 18, 2023


Very caring

Jun 26, 2023


One of the very best doctors I have seen in a long time! I've already recommended him to a friend.

Jun 17, 2023


Dr. Barford spent time explaining what was happening within my knee. He gave me hope the pain would be better controlled.

May 20, 2023


I am very happy is my doctor. Yes provider discussion new treatment.

May 17, 2023


I have recommended him to others.

May 14, 2023


This was a positive visit. I left feeling good that my shoulder problems were relatively minor and that I can manage well. Will keep on being active and exercising and taking Tylenol. Thank you Dr. Barford.

May 04, 2023


As stated before, you should have a ranking higher than 10 for this provider!

Apr 30, 2023


Dr Barford is friendly and personable young man who listens intently and gives sound advise. His injection given skills are great. They don't feel horrible after completion.

Apr 27, 2023


He was very caring and he spent a lot of time helping me understand the best treatment to start a course to help repair my knee. I liked him.

Apr 20, 2023


He was great!

Apr 16, 2023


Dr. Barford had excellent interpersonal manner and a very calming/easy going personality - I would choose him as a primary if I could.

Apr 08, 2023


The doctor was very helpful is discussing/suggesting options for treating me.

Mar 31, 2023


I was a bit unclear on whether surgery was eligible, however due to the fact that I'm a smoker, I was told they dont perform surgery on smokers.

Mar 20, 2023


Dr. Barford has taken very good care of me throughout this treatment process.

Mar 19, 2023


I have seen Dr. Barford previously for injections.He always listens to how my knee responded to the last injection. We discussed how the ultrasound guided corticosteroid injection would be a better choice this time. I am very appreciative of his care and concern for my health.

Feb 23, 2023


[...] I have already given glowing verbal recommendations and will continue to let people know about this rare and exceptional doctor.

Feb 16, 2023


Excellent bedside manner! So nice and really listened to what I had to say.

Feb 15, 2023


Dr Barford is amazing!!! I recommend him to anyone who has a hip problem like me

Feb 12, 2023


I was completely satisfied with the care I received at the appointment.

Jan 27, 2023


Dr. Barford is consistently provided Excellent care over the years. Very satisfied with his services and the office. Would definitely recommend to others.

Jan 26, 2023


Dr Barford always takes the time to explain treatment options, after care, and any concerns I may have, and I never feel rushed. Every provider should be like him. He's the best!

Dec 09, 2022


I had a number of questions about the treatment options and coverage by my insurance, he was very patient in explaining it all.

Dec 03, 2022


Dr. Barford is a very caring doctor, a good listener, and determined to offer solutions to help my pain. He fit me in the same day as my appointment for an injection. That provided much relief and allowed me to get back to PT and enjoy the holiday without pain.

Nov 29, 2022


Explained everything very clearly!

Oct 03, 2022


I would absolutely recommend Dr. Barford to anyone

Aug 30, 2022


Dr. Barford is very good in bedside manor and In spending sufficient time to make sure I understand. I sense that he is newer and maybe has fewer patients and hope when he gets more that doesn't change.

Aug 07, 2022


Dr. Barford is an attentive listener.

Aug 06, 2022


Dr Barford is by far the most caring, compassionate, understand provider I have ever seen.

Jul 29, 2022


All around Excellente Care from the Doctor, & Staff.

Jul 14, 2022


Very Good Experiences= Overall !

Jun 27, 2022


Very satisfied with DrBarford I'm 88 and he impressed me.

Jun 01, 2022


Dr Barford always takes time in explaining everything, is patient, understanding, and compassionate. I could never ask anything more from a provider or his office. Everyone is fantastic!

May 31, 2022


The doctor was excellent!

May 21, 2022


Excellent explanations of each element/treatment

May 20, 2022


Excellent explanation & recovery options I was surprised & very pleased that procedure could be done in same visit.

May 11, 2022



Apr 15, 2022


There was a Resident working with Dr. Barford this visit, Dr. Kang and she should also get a Very Good rating in all these categories since she did the preliminary examination. In fact, put in a new box called EXCELLENT for both of them. They are very knowledgeable and easy professionals to work with.

Apr 02, 2022


These ortho people know their business. I have zero complaints

Mar 25, 2022


Good everything

Mar 23, 2022


Both doctors (he had a resident doctor working with him, and both were great!

Mar 19, 2022


Very comfortable with this provider

Feb 18, 2022


He has a very nice manner with patients

Feb 14, 2022


Excellent care

Feb 06, 2022


Dr. Barford is an attentive and respectful physician. He listened carefully and thoughtfully to my concerns. He explained treatment clearly and assured me that he would be most available able to me if I had any further concerns or problems.

Feb 05, 2022