Pierre Barker, MD

Senior Vice President
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
20 University Road
Cambridge, MA
USA 02138

Biographical Sketch:
Pierre M. Barker, MD, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for IHIís large-scale health systems improvement initiatives outside the US. Working closely with partners in government and the non-governmental sector, IHI has an expanding portfolio of work to improve the reliability and scale up of effective health programs in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australasia, and Latin America. In addition to advising governments and large organizations on quality improvement strategies, IHI uses the science of improvement to promote improved outcomes in the areas of patient safety, population health, patient-centered care, and cost and quality of care. Dr. Barker attended medical school in South Africa and trained in pediatrics in the UK and US. Before joining IHI he was Medical Director of University of North Carolina (UNC) Childrenís Hospital clinics and was responsible for leading system-wide initiatives on improving access to care and chronic disease management. A renowned authority on improving health systems, Dr. Barker initially served at IHI as in-country Director of IHIís South Africa Projects and then as head of programs in low- and middle-income countries. He retains a position of Clinical Professor in Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health UNC Chapel Hill and advises the World Health Organization on health systems strengthening and redesign of HIV care and infant feeding guidelines.