Prof. Barnea is a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery and the head of the plastic and reconstructive breast surgery unit at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center in Israel. He is also the owner and director of a private plastic surgery clinic in Tel Aviv.
He graduated medical school at Tel Aviv University and served in the army as chief physician of the airborne infantry brigade and commander of the medical officers' course in the military school of medicine.
He completed his residency in plastic surgery at the Tel Aviv Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in microsurgical oncological reconstruction at MD Anderson, Houston, Texas. There he developed a specialization in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the breast, including microvascular breast reconstruction. He also completed a master degree in plastic surgery.
Currently Prof. Barnea performs various types of breast surgeries, both aesthetic and reconstruction. He works in the breast health center, as part of the multidisciplinary breast team and in a private clinic. He is involved in new medical technologies and start-ups, and serves as a medical advisor and consultant. He published scientific papers and book chapters on these subjects, both clinical research and basic science. He is a lecturer and educator in plastic surgery and a tutor of medical students, interns, and residents.
He is the past secretary of the Israel society of plastic and aesthetic surgery, and a longtime volunteer for the Israel Cancer Association and the Bracha foundation, a non-profit organization for BRCA gene mutation carriers.
Prof. Barnea in an invited speaker and faculty in many plastic surgery and breast meetings and has been leading breast symposiums, workshops and roadshows. He is the founder and chair of the Tel Aviv Breast Meeting.