Eric Barbarite, MD, joined the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Sept. 1. Please join us in welcoming him to the Department of Otolaryngology.
Barbarite grew up in South Florida and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami’s combined BS/MD Honors Program in Medicine. He completed otolaryngology residency at Harvard University School of Medicine and a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
What attracted you to otolaryngology, facial plastic surgery, and WashU?
I have always been interested in the relationship between health and identity. I was drawn to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as an avenue to help improve the way people perceive and express themselves, which are essential to their identity and connection with others.
I do not have any major ties to the Midwest other than the very warm and welcoming folks here who recruited me!
What does the Barbarite family look like?
I am joined in St. Louis by my fiancée Lauren. She is from Boston, where we met during my residency. We are going to be married in December in my hometown of Miami.
Any special hobbies or interests?
In our spare time, we enjoy seasonal outdoor activities and exploring local food culture. We have a particular fondness for coffee spots! Every year, my family gets together to attend a football game of our favorite team, the Miami Hurricanes.
What would surprise your colleagues most to learn about you?
My favorite food to make is homemade pasta, which I first learned while studying abroad in Italy.