Piers Christopher Andrew Barker

Piers Christopher Andrew Barker

Professor of Pediatrics

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

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 7605-A Hosp North, Durham, NC
  • Office Phone: +1 919 684 3574
  • Email Address: piers.barker@duke.edu


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001
  • Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • Johns Hopkins University, 1996
  • M.D. Cornell University, 1995

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Harrington, J; McCrary, AW; Nguyen, M; Nyandiko, W; Barker, PCA; Koech, M; Thielman, NM; Muehlbauer, MJ; Shah, SH; Bloomfield, GS, Proteomics discovery in children and young adults with HIV identifies fibrosis, inflammatory, and immune biomarkers associated with myocardial impairment., AIDS, vol 38 no. 7 (2024), pp. 1090-1093 [10.1097/QAD.0000000000003879] [abs].
  • Torok, RD; Gardner, RA; Barker, PCA; McCrary, AW; Li, JS; Hornik, CP; Laughon, MM; Jackson, WM, Correlating Severity of Pulmonary Hypertension by Echocardiogram with Mortality in Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia., Am J Perinatol (2024) [10.1055/s-0044-1786544] [abs].
  • Curtis, SF; Cicioni, M; Mullikin, A; Williams, J; Campbell, JM; Barker, PCA; McCrary, AW, Detection of occult thrombosis in individuals with Fontan circulation by cardiac MRI., Cardiol Young (2024), pp. 1-6 [10.1017/S1047951124000489] [abs].
  • George, IA; Souder, B; Berkman, A; Noyd, DH; Jay Campbell, M; Barker, PCA; Roth, M; Hildebrandt, MAT; Oeffinger, KC; McCrary, AW; Landstrom, AP, Obesity Predisposes Anthracycline-Treated Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancers to Subclinical Cardiac Dysfunction., Pediatr Cardiol (2024) [10.1007/s00246-024-03423-x] [abs].
  • Chidyagwai, SG; Kaplan, MS; Jensen, CW; Chen, JS; Chamberlain, RC; Hill, KD; Barker, PCA; Slesnick, TC; Randles, A, Surgical Modulation of Pulmonary Artery Shear Stress: A Patient-Specific CFD Analysis of the Norwood Procedure., Cardiovasc Eng Technol (2024) [10.1007/s13239-024-00724-3] [abs].