Laurie Barber was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and grew up in Ankeny, Iowa. She was named to Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa and Cardinal Key as a college junior, and graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University following her first year in medical school. Dr. Barber obtained her medical degree from the University of Iowa College Of Medicine. During her ophthalmology residency at the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS), she was the recipient of the Raymond and Mary Morris Annual Ophthalmology Resident Award.
Following residency, Dr. Barber served ophthalmology at UAMS’s Jones Eye Institute for 23 additional years. Appointed Professor of Ophthalmology, she has been awarded the UAMS Educational Excellence Award for teaching, the Dean’s Outpatient All-Star for patient care, as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Senior Achievement Award from many years of service and leadership the AAO and her follow ophthalmologists. Her published papers include research in medical student empathy, dry eye, and eye allergies.
Dr. Barber served as director and principal investigator for Arkansas Clinical Research. For 19 years, she has actively studied dry eye, allergies and meibomian gland dysfunction. She was named to “135 leading Ophthalmologists in America” by Becker, and “Best Doctors of America” 2011-2015.
Dr. Barber has three adult children, and enjoys any family time or empty nest activities with husband, Jeffrey Barber. They may be found biking, boating, fishing, traveling, reading or cooking.