Matthew R. Barton, MD

Hometown: Gainesville, GA

Personal Statement: During medical school, a research rotation on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD introduced me to the world of academic medicine and clinical investigation. Since that experience, I’ve sought to become a physician-scientist capable of developing better treatments (surgical and non-surgical) for otolaryngology patients. I chose WUSM Otolaryngology for residency because of the department’s commitment to physician-scientist development, reputation for excellence in surgical training, and focus on professional mentorship.

Inner ear sensory epithelial development and cell cycle regulation are longstanding professional interests of mine, and due to the ample opportunities for collaboration and mentorship at WUSM I’ve been able to continue research in these areas since beginning residency. For me, the question of whether latent, non-sensory cells within the cochlea could be induced to proliferate and produce new auditory hair cells capable of restoring auditory sensitivity to hearing-impaired human patients, represents a daunting but irresistible challenge. As my residency training has progressed, I’ve also become interested in patient safety and quality improvement topics, particularly in the development of practices and protocols designed to ensure the safe transit of trach/stoma/difficult airway patients through complex inpatient healthcare systems.

I live just west of St. Louis city with my wife and two children (5 and 3 years old). We love St. Louis, and have found it to be a great place to start and raise our young family. I am a big sports fan, and pick-up basketball is one of my favorite ways to pass free time; fresh water fly-fishing is near the top of that list as well.


Undergraduate: University of Georgia, BS, 2003

Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine, 2009

Postdoctoral: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Fellowship, 2010


  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32), 2012
  • American Otological Society Research Award, 2012
  • Travel Grant - Association for Research in Otolaryngology Midwinter Meeting, 2013
  • Michael Paparella Resident Research Award, 1st Place, 2013
  • “Sure-Tight” Soft Tracheostomy Collar – New Medical Device Patent Application, 2014-2015
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital Trach and Stoma Patient Safety Committee – Resident Representative, 2014-2015


Warchol ME, Stone J, Barton MR, Ku J, Daudet N, Lovett M. ADAM10 and γ-Secretase Regulate Sensory Regeneration in the Avian Vestibular Maculae. Journal of Neuroscience (provisionally accepted 2015).