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 27710
  • Office Phone: (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

  • Chidyagwai, SG; Vardhan, M; Kaplan, M; Chamberlain, R; Barker, P; Randles, A, Characterization of hemodynamics in anomalous aortic origin of coronary arteries using patient-specific modeling., J Biomech, vol 132 (2022) [10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110919] [abs].
  • Sturgeon, GM; Andersen, ND; Campbell, MJ; Barker, PCA, Three-dimensional modeling of the mitral valve for surgical planning in a pediatric patient: A case-based discussion of the technical challenges of segmentation and printing from 3D transthoracic echocardiographic datasets., Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.), vol 38 no. 11 (2021), pp. 1978-1983 [10.1111/echo.15239] [abs].
  • Barker, P, Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease (PCHD) Year-In-Review., J Am Soc Echocardiogr, vol 34 no. 9 (2021), pp. A13-A14 [10.1016/j.echo.2021.07.003] [abs].
  • Andersen, ND; Sturgeon, GM; Barker, PCA; Turek, JW, Commentary: Inspection of 3-dimensional rendered hearts will become the standard of care before complex congenital heart surgery., Jtcvs Tech, vol 7 (2021), pp. 204-205 [10.1016/j.xjtc.2021.02.037] [abs].
  • Altman, CA; Donofrio, MT; Arya, B; Wasserman, M; Ensing, GJ; Cohen, MS; Lewin, MB; Swaminathan, M; Barker, PCA, ASE Statement on Adapting Pediatric, Fetal, and Congenital Heart Disease Echocardiographic Services to the Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic., J Am Soc Echocardiogr, vol 34 no. 5 (2021), pp. 553-561 [10.1016/j.echo.2021.01.012] [abs].