Steven Barkley, MD

Steven Barkley, MD

Dr. Barkley is a lifelong Californian. Born in San Diego, raised in Pasadena, he came to Santa Barbara in 1987 with his partner, Dr. Barbara Donnelly, to open the region’s first NICU. Now serving as the Chief Pediatric Medical Officer, he oversees program development for the Cottage Children’s Medical Center.

In his off time, Steven enjoys running, sailing (in the boat he built), kayaking (in the kayak he built), woodworking (on the workbench he built) and travel (in the plane he built. OK, this one isn’t true).


  • Medical School: UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Residency: UCLA Pediatrics
  • Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
  • Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center, Pediatric Nephrology

Clinical Areas of Expertise

Non-invasive respiratory care of the newborn, prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis, neonatal and post-hospitalization nutrition


  • Founding Medical Director of the CCMC NICU, 1987-2018
  • Chief Pediatric Medical Officer, 2015-present
  • Regent’s Scholar, UC Davis School of Medicine

Community Service

  • Member, CCS Advisory Group
  • Board of Directors, Children’s Specialty Care Coalition
  • PTA President, Monte Vista Elementary School


Grant Awards

  • Optimization of the care of the VLBW infant and their family
  • Use of Nitric Oxide as primary therapy for pulmonary hypertension
  • Development of a Community Based Medical Home Model for Children with Medical Complexity

Other Research/QI Interests

  • Reduction of Chronic Lung Disease through the use of Bubble NCPAP
  • CLABSI reduction in the NICU
  • Human Milk Nutrition in the NICU

Contact Us

Cottage Children's Medical Center

Cottage Children's Pediatric Residency Program

Phone: 805-569-7464
Fax: 805-569-8358

400 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Program Coordinator, Sabrina Orfalea, email: