Monmouth Medical Center Pediatric Endocrinologist Competes in International Lifesaving Federation World Championships

11/08/2016

Long Branch, NJ – Monmouth Medical Center pediatric endocrinologist Mike Barrows, D.O., a dedicated United States Lifesaving Association ocean lifeguard since the age of 18, recently participated in the Rescue 2016-International Lifesaving Federation World Championships held in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

The Shrewsbury resident, who has competed in lifeguard tournaments for more than 25 years, won a gold medal in the 400-meter surf race and a silver medal in the Ironman event (40-44 age group) at the World Championships, which brought together nearly 4,000 athletes from 40 countries. The ironman event involves a 1.4 km course that includes a 300 meter swim,

400 meter board paddle, 600 meter surf ski and beach sprint running.

In addition to competing as an individual at the event, Dr. Barrows also served as Head Coach and physician for the United States Lifesaving Open National Team. The team finished in 5th place in the ocean/beach events and 11th place overall out of 38 nations.

As section chief of the Center for Disorders of Insulin and Metabolism, Dr. Barrows uses his lifeguarding accomplishments to serve as a role model for young patients, inspiring them to follow his fitness footsteps and encouraging obese children and their families to adopt healthy lifestyles.

At The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Barrows and his colleagues specialize in treating diabetes, thyroid conditions and other endocrinopathies in infants, children and adolescents. The center’s Pediatric Obesity Program provides a blame-free, supportive environment to help overweight youngsters lose weight and live healthier through a multidisciplinary team consisting of three physicians, two certified nutritionists, three certified diabetes educators, a social worker and a child psychologist.

For more information about Dr. Barrows or The Center for Disorders of Insulin and Metabolism at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732.935.7143.

PHOTO: Monmouth Medical Center pediatric endocrinologist Mike Barrows, D.O. received gold and silver medals at Rescue 2016-International Lifesaving Federation World Championships, which took place recently in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

About Monmouth Medical Center

Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. Monmouth Medical Center is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization of employer purchasers of health care and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. It is one of eight New Jersey hospitals to receive a four-star rating from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the highest hospital rating in the state.

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