Barry R. Highsted

Director, Perioperative Nursing

Barry serves as a Director of Perioperative Nursing for Surgical Directions. He has over 30 years of experience in perioperative clinical nursing and nursing leadership. Barry started as a Charge Nurse with the Charing Cross Hospital, as well as The Royal Free Hospital in London. As a Charge Nurse in the Neurosurgical and Urology OR, Barry completed multiple management courses at The Royal Free Hospital, the University of Sheffield, and Kings Fund College. Barry has also managed numerous multi-facility locations.

While serving as a Clinical Nurse Manager, Barry oversaw eight operating rooms, the coordination of services for the fourteen-room department, and two PACU areas. At the Islington Health Authority, Barry served as the Theatre Manager and acting General Manager of Patient Services. While holding this position, Barry was responsible for strategic management of all operating theatre services at two hospital sites. Additionally, his areas of responsibility and successes included policy formation, management of budgets in excess of 12 million pounds, human resource management, standards of care formulation, development of quality initiatives and redesigning care delivery areas (e.g., increasing provision for day surgery and centralizing in-patient surgery to one hospital site).

Since leaving the UK, Barry has worked in the United States healthcare system for 25 years. Most recently, he has held the position of Director of Maternal-Child Health and Perioperative Services, Administrative Director of Surgical Services and Service Line Administrator (AVP) of Surgical Services. As Director, Barry facilitated and implemented operational and strategic management of all maternal-child and perioperative services, which included Main OR, Perfusion Services, Ambulatory Surgery Center, PACU, Sterile Processing and Same Day Services.  As Service Line Administrator, Barry was responsible for the strategic development of surgical service lines and the management of all perioperative services at three locations.

With his years of experience and success, Barry has gone on to provide best practices assessments and recommendations for perioperative services at various medical centers throughout the United States and Canada as a consultant. He currently is a member of Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Association of Nurse Executives (AONE), Nursing Advisory Board and American College of Healthcare Executives. Barry is also a Certified Lean Healthcare Practitioner (CLHP)


The Royal College of Nursing, University of Manchester

Master of Science, Nursing

American Sentinel University

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (c), Executive Leadership