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Piers Christopher Andrew Barker, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus mail: 7605-A Hosp North, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-3574
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Improving parent/infant bonding in prenatally diagnosed congenital heart disease
Analysis of advanced cardiac mechanics (strain, strain rate, torsion) in congenital and acquired heart disease by echo and cardiac MRI

Development of novel uses of 3D/4D echo for fetal and congenital heart disease

Sub-maximal exercise testing in congenital and maternal heart disease

Cardiac Mechanics during exercise in pediatrics

Outcome improvement in patients with Functional Single Ventricle and fetal cardiac disease

Application of novel imaging technologies (ultrasound, cardiac MRI, cardiac CT) in fetal, congenital and acquired heart disease

Characterization of rheumatic heart disease and HIV-related cardiomyopathy in developing countries

Cost Effectivess of screening for immune-mediated fetal heart block

Dyssynchrony analysis in pediatric patients

3D printing and computational fluid dynamics in congenital heart disease

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1998 - 2001
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, 1996 - 1998
  • Intern, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, 1995 - 1996
  • M.D., Cornell University, 1995


Hill, Kevin D., Anil R. Maharaj, Jennifer S. Li, Elizabeth Thompson, Piers C. A. Barker, and Christoph P. Hornik. “A Randomized, Controlled Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamics Trial of Ambrisentan After Fontan Surgery.” Pediatr Crit Care Med 21, no. 9 (September 2020): e795–803.

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Barker, Piers. “PCHD Council Year-in-Review.” J Am Soc Echocardiogr 33, no. 9 (September 2020): A22.

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Williams, Jason L., John L. Lockhart, Stephen G. Miller, Piers C. A. Barker, and M Jay Campbell. “Left-sided congenitally unguarded tricuspid valve with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries: A rare diagnosis confirmed by three-dimensional echocardiography.” Echocardiography 37, no. 7 (July 2020): 1101–4.

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Barker, Piers C. A., Mark B. Lewin, Mary T. Donofrio, Carolyn A. Altman, Gregory J. Ensing, Bhawna Arya, and Madhav Swaminathan. “Specific Considerations for Pediatric, Fetal, and Congenital Heart Disease Patients and Echocardiography Service Providers during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak: Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Supplement to the Statement of the American Society of Echocardiography: Endorsed by the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography and the Fetal Heart Society.” J Am Soc Echocardiogr 33, no. 6 (June 2020): 658–65.

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Corey, Kristin M., Michael Jay Campbell, Kevin D. Hill, Christoph P. Hornik, Richard Krasuski, Piers C. Barker, Robert D. B. Jaquiss, and Jennifer S. Li. “Pulmonary Valve Endocarditis: The Potential Utility of Multimodal Imaging Prior to Surgery.” World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 11, no. 2 (March 2020): 192–97.

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Su, Pei-Chun, Stephen Miller, Salim Idriss, Piers Barker, and Hau-Tieng Wu. “Recovery of the fetal electrocardiogram for morphological analysis from two trans-abdominal channels via optimal shrinkage.” Physiol Meas 40, no. 11 (December 2, 2019): 115005.

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Forsha, Daniel, David G. Gamboa, Niels Risum, P Andrea Kropf, Christoph P. Hornik, Piers Barker, Joseph Kisslo, and Ronald J. Kanter. “Electromechanical Dyssynchrony and Clinically
Silent Ventricular Dysfunction in Young Subjects with
Ventricular Pacing for Congenital and Early Acquired
Av Block
.” Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research 20, no. 2 (August 2019): 14942–50.


McCrary, Andrew W., Piers C. A. Barker, Rachel D. Torok, Tracy G. Spears, Jennifer S. Li, Christoph P. Hornik, and Matthew M. Laughon. “Agreement of an echocardiogram-based diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in infants at risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia among masked reviewers.” J Perinatol 39, no. 2 (February 2019): 248–55.

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Barker, Piers C. A., Gregory H. Tatum, Michael J. Campbell, Michael G. W. Camitta, Angelo S. Milazzo, Christoph P. Hornik, Amanda French, and Stephen G. Miller. “Improving maternal-infant bonding after prenatal diagnosis of CHD.” Cardiology in the Young 28, no. 11 (November 2018): 1306–15.

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Forsha, Daniel, Niels Risum, and Piers Barker. “Activation delay-induced mechanical dyssynchrony in single-ventricle heart disease.” Cardiol Young 27, no. 7 (September 2017): 1390–91.

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