Barber named new chair of Department of OB-GYN


-- From:  Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, Dean, Duke University School of Medicine

I am very pleased to announce that Matthew D. Barber, MD, MHS, has been named the new chair of the Department of OB-GYN, effective May 1, 2017.  Dr. Barber is professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and vice chair for Research in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also the fellowship program director for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

This decision was made after a national search, and I want to thank the search committee, led by Dr. Ann Reed, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, for all of their efforts.

Dr. Barber is a nationally recognized educator, researcher and surgeon specializing in urogyncology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. His current research focuses on the surgical treatment of gynecologic conditions, predominantly urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, and developing and accessing research outcomes in pelvic floor disorders. From 2006-2016, Dr. Barber served as the principal investigator for Cleveland Clinic Clinical Site of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles and 28 book chapters on gynecology and urogynecology topics.

Dr. Barber was president of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) from 2011-2012 and served on the AUGS Board of Directors from 2008 - 2013. He is a member of the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Society and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

Dr. Barber earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and a master’s degree in Health Science in Clinical Research from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Duke University. Dr. Barber joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2001 and has held numerous leadership positions during his tenure there.

I want to thank Amy Murtha, MD, for her outstanding leadership as interim chair of the Department of OB-GYN during this transitional period.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Barber to Duke.