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New Physician Spotlight: Colin Barker

Oct. 14, 2019, 8:52 AM

Dr. Colin Barker, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine


Colin Barker, MD, a national leader in percutaneous heart valve therapies, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as the new director of Interventional Cardiology. He began seeing patients July 2.

Colin Barker, MD

“Dr. Barker’s arrival really accelerates our ability to provide the best in interventional care for our cardiology patients, as well as superb training for our residents and fellows,” said Nancy Brown, MD, Hugh J. Morgan Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine.

Barker’s clinical interests are interventional cardiology, including complex percutaneous interventions (left main disease, multi-vessel disease, total occlusions), structural heart disease and percutaneous heart valve therapy (valvuloplasty, repair, percutaneous valve replacement, TAVR), and management of cardiogenic shock. His research interests include optimizing therapy for older adults with heart and vascular disease, new technology and device development and the pharmacogenomics of anti-platelet therapy.

Barker is the principal investigator on several clinical trials investigating novel therapies for coronary artery disease, heart valve disease and high blood pressure.

“I am excited about the opportunity at VUMC to build a team of internationally-recognized leaders in interventional cardiology,” he said.

Barker received his medical degree from Boston University and completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at VUMC. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the New York University Medical Center and completed advanced training in interventional cardiology, as well as peripheral and endovascular interventions at Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital in La Jolla, California.

Barker is a member of the Council on Cardiovascular Care for Older Adults at the American College of Cardiology (CCCOA) and a fellow of The American College of Cardiology and the Society for Coronary Angiography and Interventions.

Patients can be referred to Barker by contacting Vanderbilt Heart at 615-343-9188.


VUMC is continually adding new faculty members who bring a wealth of clinical expertise, research talent and academic leadership to our institution. These individuals come from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all of which support VUMC’s well-deserved reputation when it comes to providing the best, evidence-based care for our patients.

Select new faculty will be introduced each month in MyVUMC, with the goal of fostering connections and collaborations with the new talent.

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