University of California San Francisco

Barnard Palmer - 144

Associate Professor of Surgery
Program Director, UCSF-East Bay General Surgery Residency Program 


35 Medical Center Way, #001
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-437-4945


    Barnard J. A. Palmer, M.D., M.Ed. is a general surgeon and surgical endocrinologist, and Program Director of the UCSF-East Bay General Surgery Residency Program. Palmer joined the UCSF faculty as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program. Palmer received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford University and M.D. from New York University School of Medicine.

    Palmer then completed his General Surgery Residency at the UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program. There he garnered extensive research experience in surgical endocrinology. Concurrently, he earned a Master of Education from Stanford University. At UCSF-East Bay, Palmer served as Administrative Chief Resident, and was honored with the Resident Teaching Award by his peers.

    Palmer then completed a fellowship in surgical endocrinology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His clinical interests include endocrine surgery and endocrinology. He also has a strong interest in medical and surgical education including skills training and medical leadership.

    Palmer has published numerous articles in his field of expertise and is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, Association for Surgical Education, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.



    Stanford University, B.A., Psychology, 1999

    New York University School of Medicine, M.D., 2004

    Stanford University, M.Ed., 2008


    University of California, San Francisco-East Bay,

    General Surgery, 2004-2010

    University of California, San Francisco-East Bay,

    General Surgery, Administrative Chief Resident 2010-11


    Surgical Endocrinology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2011-12

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Surgery, General Surgery

    Clinical Expertise

    General Surgery
    Endocrine Surgery

    Research Interests

    Endocrine Surgery
    Medical and surgical education, including surgical skills training


    1. Introducer director: A new tool to extract the introducer from the contralateral chest during Nuss procedure.
      Sunghoon Kim, Barnard Palmer, Olajire Idowu| | View in PubMed
    2. Minimally invasive repair of asymmetric pectus excavatum: An alternative technique to treating asymmetric morphology.
      Squillaro AI, Melhado C, Ozgediz D, Idowu O, Palmer B, Kim S| | View in PubMed
    3. Routine Repeat Head CT Does Not Change Management in Trauma Patients on Novel Anticoagulants.
      Cohan CM, Beattie G, Dominguez DA, Glass M, Palmer B, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    4. Laparoscopic Magnet-Assisted Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Placement.
      Rothenberg KA, Palmer BJ, Idowu O, Kim S| | View in PubMed
    5. Answers to the Top 100 Questions that You Will Be Asked on Rounds.
      Emily Miraflor, Barnard J.A. Palmer| | View in PubMed
    6. Chapter 60 Hyperparathyroidism.
      Kathryn H. Chomsky-Higgins, Christopher D. Raeburn, Robert C. McIntyre, Barnard J.A. Palmer| | View in PubMed
    7. Chapter 61 Hyperthyroidism.
      Kathryn H. Chomsky-Higgins, Robert C. McIntyre, Christopher D. Raeburn, Barnard J.A. Palmer| | View in PubMed
    8. Chapter 62 Thyroid Nodules and Cancer.
      Kathryn H. Chomsky-Higgins, Trevor L. Nydam, Robert C. McIntyre, Barnard J.A. Palmer| | View in PubMed
    9. Use of transthoracic cryoanalgesia during the Nuss procedure.
      Kim S, Idowu O, Palmer B, Lee SH| | View in PubMed
    10. Peer video review and feedback improve performance in basic surgical skills.
      Vaughn CJ, Kim E, O'Sullivan P, Huang E, Lin MY, Wyles S, Palmer BJ, Pierce JL, Chern H| | View in PubMed
    11. Modification of U-Stitch Laparoscopic Gastrostomy Technique to Minimize Suture Knot Abscess Formation.
      McCagg J, Markham S, Idowu O, Newton C, Palmer B, Kim S| | View in PubMed
    12. BRAF mutation in papillary thyroid cancer: A cost-utility analysis of preoperative testing.
      Lee WS, Palmer BJ, Garcia A, Chong VE, Liu TH| | View in PubMed
    13. Pan computed tomography versus selective computed tomography in stable, young adults after blunt trauma with moderate mechanism: a cost-utility analysis.
      Lee WS, Parks NA, Garcia A, Palmer BJ, Liu TH, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    14. A better way to teach knot tying: a randomized controlled trial comparing the kinesthetic and traditional methods.
      Huang E, Chern H, O'Sullivan P, Cook B, McDonald E, Palmer B, Liu T, Kim E| | View in PubMed
    15. Routine prophylactic central neck dissection for low-risk papillary thyroid cancer is not cost-effective.
      Garcia A, Palmer BJ, Parks NA, Liu TH| | View in PubMed
    16. How To Teach Knot Tying: A Kinesthetic Approach.
      Edward Kim, Hueylan Chern, Emily Huang, Barnard Palmer| | View in PubMed
    17. Surgical trainees like to be trained.
      Palmer BJ, Parks NS, Harken AH| | View in PubMed
    18. Bringing the skills laboratory home: an affordable webcam-based personal trainer for developing laparoscopic skills.
      Kobayashi SA, Jamshidi R, O'Sullivan P, Palmer B, Hirose S, Stewart L, Kim EH| | View in PubMed