Piers Barker

Piers Barker, MD is an attending Pediatric Cardiologist, Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Section Head of Pediatric Cardiac Non-Invasive Imaging in the Duke Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center. Born in England but raised in Canada, Dr. Barker has been in the United States since his undergraduate and medical school training at Cornell University. He completed his Pediatrics internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan, and served on faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse before joining Duke University in 2004. Dr. Barker’s research interests include improving our understanding of single ventricle physiology and outcomes, the use of 3-dimensional modeling to teach and plan interventional procedures, the intersection of human-animal cardiac mechanics and physiology, and how human-animal bonding can help children and pregnant women during imaging procedures. Clinically, Dr. Barker works to optimize the perinatal management of infants with prenatally diagnosed heart disease that balances infant stability with family bonding.

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