Barbara Ficarra, RN


Sharecare editorial and advisory board member, health educator, Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, is an award-winning broadcast journalist, a featured writer for The Huffington Post and contributor to Dr. Oz. She has been featured in Real Simple Magazine, TED Blog, HIMSS and Latin Trends Magazine, to name a few. Barbara is a health and lifestyle expert, and HEALTH DESIGNER™. She is the founder of, a lifestyle destination site that helps people live a happier, bolder, healthier and more stylish life. Barbara explores the intersection of design, health, tech, art and travel. "Design Your Healthy and Happy Life." Barbara also explores the relationship between interior design-the home and healthy living. Living well and taking care of yourself doesn’t need to be a complete overhaul; simple actions can have a big impact – you don’t have to change everything--Barbara shows people how small tweaks will do the trick. She helps design ways to help people live healthier lives and empowers people to design their own healthy lifestyles. She is also the founder of, which offers health news and advice from a nurse’s perspective.

Barbara is an international speaker. She presents on the latest trends in health and health care issues focusing on professional development, healthy living and wellness, patient and consumer engagement and empowerment, social media, digital technology, including mhealth-mobile health, health apps, gasification, telemedicine, telehealth, leveraging her experience as former Senior Director of Clinical Affairs at Numera. She has presented at the Cleveland Clinic, Scripps, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, HIMSS So Ca, and HIMSS Arkansas, PIAA in Amsterdam, Ivey Global Health Care Conference in Canada, Cayman Islands Health Care Conference, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, e-Patient Connections Conference, Novartis, and BlogHer to name a few. She is on the front lines of health care as a registered nurse at a university trauma medical center and she is a leading voice in health offering practical advice focusing on healthy living, wellness, patient engagement and empowerment, health care social media, health IT, digital technology, (mHealth-mobile health, gamification, telemedicine), and doctor|nurse team. She is on the advisory board at the University of San Francisco for the Master of Science in Health Informatics.

Barbara began her broadcasting career in radio as creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning Health in 30® radio show, which brought listeners the latest health information and featured renowned health and wellness guest experts.

Barbara is a contributor to many health sites, is frequently quoted and featured by numerous media outlets, and her TV appearances include: FOX News, NBC, ABC, CBS, FIOS, and WMCN. Barbara contributes to radio at Working Mom Magazine Radio, Greater Media Radio, Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio, Cayman Islands Radio News, to name a few. You can watch her on YouTube (Barbara Ficarra) where some of her TV appearances are housed. She is also in Sharecare's Health Smarts videos, in which she delivers her trademark brand of advice: simple, practical and trustworthy tips to help people take charge of their health and feel their best.

Barbara received a Broadcast Journalism Award of Excellence for Health in 30® from the American College of Emergency Physicians. The winning program, “Ins and Outs of the ER,” explained what patients should expect in the ER and explored the challenges created by crowding. In 2011, was voted Best Health Blog by Healthline.

Barbara was a board member for the former National Association of Medical Communicators and served on the Academy of Judges for the International Health and Medical Media Awards. She was invited by Microsoft to judge a series of innovative technology entries for the Imagine Cup 2012. She served as faculty for the American Medical Association’s Medical Communications Conferences, has taught classes in media broadcasting, and is a team member for one of TEDMED’s 20 Great Challenges, Improving Medical Communication.

Currently she is president of Barbara Ficarra Productions, LLC, and she is a consultant, mentor, moderator on panels and webinars, writer and TV and Radio personality. She is also an administrative supervisor at a large university medical center, where she covers multiple medical and surgical units, critical care, oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, the psychiatric unit, women’s and children’s services and the emergency trauma department. She always encourages patients and their families to be proactive and take charge of their health.

Currently, her professional affiliations include the Association of Health Care Journalists, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, Advisory Board at the University of San Francisco and Sharecare. For more info, please go to