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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 at Ann Arbor, 1998 - 2001
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, 1996 - 1998
  • Intern, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, 1995 - 1996
  • M.D., Cornell University, 1995


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.” Cardiol 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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Zak, Victor, Daphne T. Hsu, Victoria L. Pemberton, Jami C. Levine, Andrew M. Atz, James F. Cnota, Chitra Ravishankar, et al. “Translating clinical trials into clinical practice: a survey assessing the potential impact of the Pediatric Heart Network Infant Single Ventricle Trial.” Cardiol Young 27, no. 7 (September 2017): 1265–70.

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Margossian, Renee, Victor Zak, Amanda J. Shillingford, Anthony M. Hlavacek, James F. Cnota, Michael D. Puchalski, Jami C. Levine, et al. “The Effect of the Superior Cavopulmonary Anastomosis on Ventricular Remodeling in Infants with Single Ventricle.” J Am Soc Echocardiogr 30, no. 7 (July 2017): 699-707.e1.

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Bishop, Katherine C., Jeffrey A. Kuller, Brita K. Boyd, Eleanor H. Rhee, Stephen Miller, and Piers Barker. “Ultrasound Examination of the Fetal Heart.” Obstet Gynecol Surv 72, no. 1 (January 2017): 54–61.

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Bhatla, Puneet, Justin T. Tretter, Achi Ludomirsky, Michael Argilla, Larry A. Latson, Sujata Chakravarti, Piers C. Barker, et al. “Utility and Scope of Rapid Prototyping in Patients with Complex Muscular Ventricular Septal Defects or Double-Outlet Right Ventricle: Does it Alter Management Decisions?” Pediatr Cardiol 38, no. 1 (January 2017): 103–14.

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Li, Jennifer S., Kevin D. Hill, Christoph P. Hornik, Richard A. Krasuski, Piers C. Barker, Robert D. Jaquiss, and Michael J. Campbell. “Utility of Multi-modal Imaging in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Valve Endocarditis.” In Circulation, Vol. 134. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2016.