Dr. Mark Barlow

Dr. Barlow received his plastic surgery training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. In addition to the thousands of cases at UTMB, this integrated plastic surgery program also included rotations in Miami with a focus on aesthetic surgery with noted experts specializing in rhytidectomy (facelift), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and cosmetic breast surgery (augmentations and lifts) as well as detailed training in the application of injectables (Botox, dermal fillers, etc.). Dr. Barlow also trained at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where he learned advanced reconstructive techniques. Dr. Barlow’s plastic surgery training has equipped him to build a successful practice that includes both aesthetic (cosmetic) and reconstructive procedures of all types.

Education

  • University of Texas at Medical School at Houston (Houston, TX)
    • MD awarded June 2000.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
    • Doctoral program in Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Research focused on the combination of a collagen-based dermal equivalent with cultured keratinocytes for skin regeneration. All grafting experiments were performed in a porcine model. In addition, computer modeling of cutaneous heat transfer was conducted with a Cray XMP supercomputer using a finite element program to predict thermal injury.
  • University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)
    • Doctoral program in Aerospace Engineering. Research focused on computer modeling of space structures and design of a high-bandwidth actuator for precision control of space structures.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
    • SM (Master’s Degree) in Aeronautics and Astronautics awarded February 1992.
    • Thesis title: “Modeling and Ground Modal Identification of Space Structures.”
  • University of Texas (Austin, TX)
    • BS with Honors in Aerospace Engineering awarded May 1989.

Honors and Scholarships

  • NASA Space Flight Awareness Award for Shuttle-Mir Phase 0, 1999
  • Environmental Awareness Scholarship (UTMSH), 1998
  • NASA Award for Scientific Achievement (MIT), 1991
  • NASA Group Award for Outstanding Performance and Achievement (MIT), 1991
  • Nominated for the Student Leadership Award of the Ex-Students’ Association (UT), 1989
  • Engineering Foundation Scholarship (UT), 1988-1989
  • Friends of Alec Scholarship (UT), 1987-1988
  • Earnest and Virginia Cockrell Scholarship (UT), 1985-1987
  • Dean’s List (UT), 1985-1989

Medical Training

Prior to obtaining his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston Texas, Dr. Barlow was at M.I.T. and Harvard as a Doctor of Science candidate in biomaterials where he spent years researching cultured epithelial autografts, a biopolymer dermis and skin substrates. Dr. Barlow participated in research on cellular signals in scar formation. Prior to his ScD work, he received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from M.I.T. and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Hospital/Surgery Center Affiliations

  • Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital (Houston, TX)
    • Active Plastic Surgery Staff with full operative and admitting privileges, 2005
    • Immediate past Chair of the Department of Surgery
    • Past Secretary of the Medical Staff
  • Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (Webster, TX)
    • Active Plastic Surgery Staff with full operative and admitting privileges, 2005
    • Section Chief for Plastic Surgery
  • Houston Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center (Houston, TX)
    • Full privileges for outpatient surgery, 2005

Postgraduate Training

  • University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX)
    • Resident in integrated plastic surgery program. Admimistrative Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery 2004-2005.
    • Residency completed June 2005.
    • Surgical internship completed June 2001.

Philosophy

Dr. Barlow’s practice philosophy emphasizes personalized, compassionate care and service beyond expectation. Every patient is special; every patient is unique. Dr. Barlow preserves the privacy and the dignity of his patients while delivering first-class results.

Dr. Barlow is committed to preserving medicine in Texas. He has served the Texas Medical Association on the Council on Legislation, the Council on Health Service Organizations and the Student Loan Committee. Dr. Barlow lives with his family in Seabrook, Texas.

“My engineering background naturally led me to plastic surgery where I enjoy the precision I use with each procedure. I have found that combining excellent surgical skills with compassion, solid communication and realistic expectations results in the most optimal outcome. In my practice, the patient is always the first priority.”

Societies and Associations

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2005-present
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2007 with recertification in 2017
  • Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2005-present
  • American Medical Association, 1997-2010
  • Texas Medical Association, 1997-present
    • Resident member: Council on Legislation (2003-2005), Committee on Health Service Organizations (2004-2005), Committee on Educational Scholarship & Loans (2004-2005)
  • Galveston County Medical Association, 2000-2005
  • Harris County Medical Association, 1997-2000,2005-present
  • American Medical Students Association, 1997
  • American Bonanza Society, 2009-present
  • Experimental Aircraft Association, 1988, 2007-present