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Dr Claire Ellen Barber

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Research Scientist, Rheumatology; Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of CalgaryMedicine


Dr. Barber completed an honors degree in microbiology and immunology (2002), a medical degree (2006), and internal medicine training (2009) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She then pursued subspecialty medical training in rheumatology at the University of Toronto (2011). She then moved to Calgary to pursue additional research training in epidemiology and graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary in 2016.

During her PhD she was supported by continuous funding from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and she was also awarded a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Her PhD research was also supported by CIHR funding. For her PhD thesis she developed the first set of quality indicators (QIs) for cardiovascular care for RA.

Dr. Barber has developed nationally recognized expertise in quality measure development and over the last 5 years has been working extensively with the Arthritis Alliance of Canada to develop a framework for evaluating models of care for inflammatory arthritis (see key publications below).

In October 2015, Dr. Barber was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also affiliated with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and Arthritis Research Canada.

Key Publications:

  1. Brophy J, Marshall DA, Badley EM, Hanly JG, Averns H, Ellsworth J, Pope JE, Barber CE. Measuring the Rheumatology Workforce in Canada: A Literature Review. J Rheumatol. 2016 Apr 1. pii: jrheum.151174. URL:
  1. Barber CE, Marshall DA, Mosher DP, Akhavan P, Tucker L, Houghton K, Batthish M, Levy DM, Schmeling H, Ellsworth J, Tibollo H, Grant S, Khodyakov D, Lacaille D; Arthritis Alliance of Canada Performance Measurement Development Panel. Development of System-Level Performance Measures for Evaluation of Models of Care for Inflammatory Arthritis in Canada. J Rheumatol. 2016 Mar;43(3):530-40. URL:
  1. Barber CE, Patel J, Woodhouse L, Smith C, Weiss S, Homik J, LeClercq S, Mosher D, Christiansen T, Squire Howden J, Wasylak T, Greenwood-Lee J, Emrick A, Suter E, Kathol B, Khodyakov D, Grant S, Campbell-Scherer D, Phillips L, Hendricks J, Marshall D. Development of Key Performance Indicators to Evaluate Centralized Intake for Patients with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2015,17:322. 
  1. Barber CE, Marshall D, Alvarez N, Mancini GB, Lacaille D, Keeling S, Avina-Zubieta JA, Khyodyakov D, Barnabe C, Faris P, Smith A, Noormohamed R, Hazlewood G, Martin LO, Esdaile JM. Development of Cardiovascular Quality Indicators for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results from an International Expert Panel Using a Novel Online Process. Journal of Rheumatology. 2015, 42(9):1548-55. URL:
  1. Barber C, Smith A, Esdaile J, Barnabe C, Martin L, Faris P, Hazlewood G, Noormohamed R, Alvarez N, Mancini GBJ, Lacaille D, Keeling S, Avina-Zubieta A, Marshall D. Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systemic Review of Guideline Recommendations and Quality Indicators. Arthritis Care & Research 2015; 67(2): 169-179. URL:
  1. Barber C*, Lacaille D, Fortin PR. A Systematic Review of Validation Studies of the use of Administrative Data to Identify Serious Infections. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 65(8):1343-573. URL:
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Cheryl Barnabe

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Dr. University of CalgaryAssistant Professor, departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences Work 3330 Hospital Dr NW Calgary AB T2N 4N1 Canada

Dr. Cheryl Barnabe is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is a CIHR New Investigator and holds a CIHR Foundation Scheme Grant for her research program that is addressing arthritis care disparities for Indigenous populations in Canada. With a multidisciplinary team, collaborative and transformative health research initiatives that benefit Indigenous patients and communities, and strengthen care systems in their capacity to provide patient-centered care, are performed.

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Dr. Sasha Bernatsky

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Professor McGill University, Research Institute of the McGill University Health CentreDivisions of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology, Centre for Outcome Research & Evaluation (CORE) Add to Address Book.

Lina Burgos Liz

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Research Associate/Project Manager University of CalgaryCommunity Health Sciences Work Health Research Innovation Centre, 3280 Hospital Drive NW Calgary AB T2N 4Z6 Canada Add to Address Book.