Pierre M. Barker, MD

Senior Vice President
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Pierre M. Barker, MD, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for IHI’s large-scale health systems improvement initiatives outside the USA. 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 strategies, IHI uses the science of improvement to promote improved outcomes in the areas of patient safety, population health, patient-centered care, and cost 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) Children’s Hospital clinics and was responsible for leading health-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 IHI’s South Africa Projects and then as head of IHI programs in low- and middle-income countries. He retains a position of Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Maternal and Child Health Department at Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. He also advises the World Health Organization on health systems strengthening, redesign of HIV care, and infant feeding guidelines.