Daniel Louis Barrow was raised in west central Illinois, the first of four children of Dr. and Mrs. Warren C. Barrow. During high school, Dan was active in varsity sports including football, golf and track. He was named an Illinois State Scholar and appeared in Whos Who in High School Dramatics. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Westminster College in 1976 and began his medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the summer of 1976. He received his M.D. degree from Southern Illinois University in 1979 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to obtain his postgraduate training in neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dan completed his general surgery internship and neurosurgical residency at Emory University affiliated hospitals and obtained his neurology training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Upon completing his neurosurgical residency, he did fellowships in cerebrovascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He returned to Emory University in 1985 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. In 1990, Dan was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 1991 was named Vice-Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine. In 1995, he was named MBNA/Bowman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery.
Dan has authored over 250 scientific articles and chapters in medical textbooks. He has authored or edited 12 monographs including a major textbook of neurosurgery, The Practice of Neurosurgery. He has been a visiting professor at major universities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His research interests have focused on cerebrovascular disease and stroke. During his career in medicine he has won many awards including induction into the honorary medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He has been named in Whos Who in America and has been chosen by his peers to appear annually in the publication, The Best Doctors in America. In 1997, Dan received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, one of only four recipients of this prestigious honor. In 1998, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College.
Dan has been active in organized neurosurgery, holding a variety of leadership and editorial positions. He was on the Executive Committee of the CNS and served as Scientific Program Chairman (1991), Annual Meeting Chairman (1992), Secretary (1992-1995), and President (1999-2000). He was President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society and member of the AANS/CNS Washington Committee (1997-2001). Dan has been on the Editorial Boards of Clinical Neurosurgery (1988-1992), Neurosurgery (1993-present), Neurosurgical Consultations (1989-1995), Neurologia Medico-Chirurgica (1996-present), The Journal of the Korean Neurosurgical Society (2005-present), co-edited Contemporary Neurosurgery (1985-1995), edited Perspectives in Neurological Surgery (1989-1992) and chaired the AANS Publications Committee. He is a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and currentlyu serves as Secretary of the Board.
Dan is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoor sporting activities. He is married to Mollie Winston Barrow, a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They live in Atlanta with their three children, Emily, Jack and Tom.