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


  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    It is estimated that nearly 100,000 people die each year due to medical errors. There are some steps that you can take to help prevent these errors. It is important for you to be an empowered patient, becoming engaged in your health care with your practitioners. It is also important that you comm...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Critical Care Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite reported risks, nearly one in four infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are given stomach acid-suppressing drugs, researchers report.

    However, they noted that the use of these medications has started to decline some in rece...Full Article

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    Before you visit with your doctor, write down any questions you may have. By being prepared and organized, you will be able to communicate effectively with your doctor. Some general questions you may want to ask your doctor are:
    • What are the causes of my symptoms?
    • Will the symptoms go away? 
    ...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Medicine:

    TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The term "palliative care" triggers negative feelings among many cancer patients, and needs "rebranding," researchers say.

    The stigma surrounding palliative care can mean patients wait too long to receive supportive care that improves their qual...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Social Work:

    WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of Americans with high rates of hospitalization either don't have regular access to healthy food or are at risk of not having enough food at home, a small study suggests.

    The study highlights obstacles to getting enough food, i...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Routine screening of emergency room patients for suicide risk might be an effective way to prevent it, a new study suggests.

    Nurses at eight ERs were trained to screen patients for three suicide risk factors: depression...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A wedding band may be powerful medicine against cancer, a new study suggests.

    Married people seem to have a marked survival advantage, the researchers found: Single men with cancer had a death rate 27 percent higher than it was for married male p...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Emergency Medicine:

    MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sick children from rural areas in the United States have more complex medical problems and cost more to treat than urban or suburban kids, a new hospital study finds.

    Researchers who analyzed admissions at 41 children's hospitals found significa...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying a second shock to the heart in hospital patients with cardiac arrest doesn't improve their chances of survival, suggests a new study that challenges current recommendations.

    A patient undergoing cardiac arrest needs to be treated with a...Full Article

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    10 Simple Healthy Habits to Design Your Life     Design your life (every day) with healthy habits for a vibrant and spectacula
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (Haldol) or clozapine (Clozaril), aren't appropriate for preventing or routinely treating delirium in hospitalized patients, a new study suggests.

    The researchers reviewed past studies and found th...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Medicine:

    MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients who chose to die at home lived longer than those who died in hospitals, a large study from Japan found.

    The findings suggest that doctors shouldn't hesitate to allow dying cancer patients to receive pall...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of suicidal patients in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) are asked if they have access to guns, a new study finds.

    National guidelines say doctors should ask suicidal patients about their access to guns or other deadly items, the resear...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As Alzheimer's disease progresses, patients find that simple tasks become difficult or impossible, but caregivers can help them maintain a sense of independence and dignity, a doctor says.

    Create a routine that makes days more predictable and sch...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Transplant Surgery:

    THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of kidney transplant recipients wind up in an emergency department within two years of their operation, a new study finds.

    The researchers looked at more than 10,500 kidney transplant patients in California, Florida and New York...Full Article