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Matthew D. Barber, MD MHS

Matthew Barber MD MHS
E.C. Hamblen Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chair

Dr. Barber was named chair of the Department of OB-GYN, effective May 1, 2017.  He joined Duke from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University where he was professor of Surgery and vice chair for Research in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health Institute (WHI) at the Cleveland Clinic. He was also the fellowship program director for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

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.

His clinical practice focuses on the full spectrum of diagnosis, prevention and medical, behavioral, and surgical treatments for women with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) including urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and emptying disorders of the bowel and bladder. He has been listed on the Best Doctors database continually from 2009 through 2017.

Dr. Barber’s research focus is the conduct of randomized clinical trials for the treatment of gynecologic conditions, particularly surgical trials for PFDs.  He led the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Health Clinical Trial Unit which has conducted over 30 randomized clinical trials including landmark trials in the treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and use of robotic and laparoscopic surgery for treatment of gynecologic disease.

From 2006-2016, he served as PI of the Cleveland Clinic Site of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.  He is an internationally recognized expert in developing, validating, and assessing research outcomes in PFDs, particularly health-related quality of life and patient reported-outcomes. He has won multiple awards for his research including 2001, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 Prize Clinical Science Paper from American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS).

Dr. Barber is currently the Chair of the Women’s Health Registry Alliance, a national collaboration of registries that seek to improve women’s health. He served on the Board of Directors of AUGS from 2008-2013 and as its President from 2011-2012.  As President of the AUGS he led the multi-stakeholder team that developed and implemented the Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry (PFDR), a national registry evaluating comparative effectiveness and safety of treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. In 2011, he received recognition as American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District V Mentor of the Year. In 2009, he was honored by the National Association for Continence with the Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion Award.