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Emily Barrows, MD

out of 5
79 Ratings


Obstetrics and Gynecology
Women's Health





3400 Haydenpark Lane
Henrico, VA 23233
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Medical School

VCU School of Medicine


VCU School of Medicine


An OB/GYN helping women become advocates for their own care

To be the best OB/GYN one can be, Dr. Emily Barrows says one must recognize that it is the patient, not the doctor, who is the foremost expert in her own body. The physician’s role, Dr. Barrows says, is to listen to those concerns with an open mind.

“I strive to really listen to my patients and make sure I am hearing and understanding their honest concerns and priorities, rather than projecting my own beliefs and priorities on them,” says Dr. Barrows, an OB/GYN on VCU Health Women’s Health team and assistant professor in the VCU Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Barrows joined VCU Health after completing her residency and medical degree at the VCU School of Medicine.

As an OB/GYN, Dr. Barrows sees women of all ages throughout their lifespan, helping them with both the routine and the complex in gynecologic care and women’s health needs. Her work begins with helping young women through their first pelvic screening exams to advocating for new mothers through their pregnancies, deliveries, and the challenges of adjusting to the postpartum period.

“I look forward to helping my patients through the biggest moment of their lives and getting to know them and their families over the years,” Dr. Barrows says.

In addition, she is specifically trained in minimally invasive surgery to help treat conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.

Dr. Barrows notes that too many women suffer in silence because they are embarrassed or ashamed to talk about a sensitive health matter — but it doesn’t have to be that way. “You can, and definitely should, ask me any question you have, no matter how silly it feels or what the issue entails,” she says. “Most likely I’ve heard it before, and if I haven’t, I’ll certainly hear it again in the future.”

Though many treatments and conditions are common, OB/GYN remains a challenging field — understudied by researchers, and incompletely understood. “The nature of pregnancy is such that it is very difficult to create research studies that can safely and ethically investigate various treatments and medications, so we must use our best judgment based on data that has accumulated over time,” she says. As an example: There has been hesitancy to include pregnant women in initial COVID-19 vaccine trials, which has created uncertainty regarding vaccine safety in pregnant women.

Women’s health is a body of research she will contribute to in her own career, especially as part of her academic role in the VCU School of Medicine’s Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology. There, in addition to her own research, she is helping shape future obstetrician gynecologist students and residents — and enjoys “the opportunity for them to challenge me and keep me on my game!”

Advice to patients: “Speak up! Ask your questions. Tell us when you’re uncomfortable, uncertain, or scared. We’re here to take care of you, and we want to know what you’re feeling so we can figure out the best way to help you.”

Research Interests: Menopausal transition and how to help women maintain their best possible health and happiness through this transition.

Ratings & Reviews

Very good.
March 2022
This was my first appt. with Dr. Barrows and I was very pleased.
September 2021
Dr. Barrows is a wonderful provider! She cares about her patients & takes time to explain everything.
July 2021
This was the first time I saw Dr. Barrows in person & I can see why she comes so highly recommended by patients & her colleagues.
July 2021
Dr. Barrows is extremely compassionate and goes above & beyond to provide exceptional patient care.
June 2021
I'm seeing Dr. Barrows to treat an issue my prime care phy. doesn't do. Will only see her for this issue. If I need treatment that my PCP can't do, I WILL return to Dr. Barrows.
May 2021
Dr. Barrows is amazing & caring, competent thorough. Always follow up with results & responds within 1-2 days on the portal. One of my all time favorite MDs.
May 2021
Dr. Barrows is fantastic. She listened and answered all of my questions. LOVED HER!
May 2021
Dr. Barrows is always kind and does a great job explaining and answering any questions.
May 2021
Dr. Barrows took time & listened before exam even began. She is friendly & professional. I will ask for her again.
April 2021
Dr. Barrows was great.
February 2021
Dr. Barrows made me feel very comfortable and is the only reason I am now a patient at this practice!
February 2021
Excellent bedside manners; normalized situation, explained situation very well.
February 2021