Steven L. Barnett, M.D.

Steven L. Barnett, M.D.

Contact Information

Family Medicine Research Programs
1381 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Fax: (585) 473-2245
Administrative: (585) 506-9484

Professional Bio

Steve Barnett, MD, was born in Brooklyn, grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Philadelphia, attended medical school in New Jersey and did his residency in Wisconsin. He came to Rochester for the family systems medicine fellowship and stayed in the area doing research, locum tenens family medicine and rural emergency department work. He joined the UR Department of Family Medicine faculty in 2002 in the research division. Dr. Barnett's primary academic focus is health and healthcare research with populations of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users and people with hearing loss, their families and communities.

Dr. Barnett is the Director of the CDC-funded Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research, and is the Program Director at UR for the NIH-funded Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program. He was also medical director (2002-2015) of the award-winning Strong Connections, the University of Rochester Medical Center's pioneering Telehealth Sign Language Interpreter Services Program.

Awards & Honors (National)

Award for Excellence in Research Addressing Cardiovascular Health Equity | American Heart Association (AHA) | AHA EPI/NPAM Conference (San Francisco) 2014
Outstanding Poster Award: Overall Impact | CDC Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Meeting | St Louis, MO 2012
Winner | Poster Contest Commemorating the National Health Interview Survey's 50th anniversary | CDC National Center for Health Statistics | Hyattsville, MD 2007

Awards & Honors (Local)

Community Advocate Award 2015 | Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS | Rochester NY 2015
Excellence Award (for Mentoring and Support of Medical Students) | Department of Family Medicine | University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 2010
Frank W. Lovejoy M.D. Preceptorship in Family Medicine | Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2004
Family Medicine Faculty Teaching Award | Family Medicine Residency, Department of Family Medicine | University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 2003
Best Seminar, STFM Northeast Region Meeting | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine | Philadelphia, PA 2000

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 23 available »

Pollard RQ, Betts WR, Carroll JK, Waxmonsky JA, Barnett S, Degruy FV, Pickler LL, Kellar-Guenther Y. "Integrating primary care and behavioral health with four special populations: Children with special needs, people with serious mental illness, refugees, and deaf people." The American psychologist. 2014 69(4):377-87.
2013 Feb
McKee MM, Smith S, Barnett S, Pearson TA. "Commentary: What are the benefits of training deaf and hard-of-hearing doctors?" Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2013 Feb; 88(2):158-61.
2011 Dec
Barnett S, Klein JD, Pollard Jr RQ, Samar V, Schlehofer D, Starr M, Sutter E, Yang H, Pearson TA. "Community participatory research with deaf sign language users to identify health inequities." American journal of public health. 2011 Dec; 101(12):2235-8. Epub 2011 Oct 20.
2011 Oct
Pandhi N, Schumacher JR, Barnett S, Smith MA. "Hearing loss and older adults' perceptions of access to care." Journal of community health. 2011 Oct; 36(5):748-55.
2011 Jul
McKee MM, Barnett SL, Block RC, Pearson TA. "Impact of communication on preventive services among deaf American Sign Language users." American journal of preventive medicine. 2011 Jul; 41(1):75-9.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Family Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)


Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


MD | Medicine | New Jersey Medical School1990
BA | Biology | University of Pennsylvania1986

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Highland Hospital of Rochester07/01/1994 - 06/30/1996
Residency in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center07/01/1991 - 06/30/1993
Internship in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center07/01/1990 - 06/30/1991