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David Barron

Title: Head, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
Designations: MB BS, MD, FRCP, FRCS(CT)
Alternate Contact Name: Allie Altomare
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 203068
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U of T Positions: Professor, Department of Surgery
Chair Positions: CIT Group Chair in Cardiovascular Surgery


Before joining The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as the Division Head of Cardiovascular Surgery, David Barron was the Senior Cardiac Surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK. David had been a consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital since 1999. He graduated from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, and had his cardiothoracic training at Papworth Hospital, Southampton, the Royal Brompton Hospital and Great Ormond Street. During his residency, he obtained a doctorate (MD) from Imperial College, London in biomechanical cardiac assist. He is dual qualified in both internal medicine and in cardiothoracic surgery. He was the lead for Congenital Cardiac Training in the UK and has been on the Executive of the British and European Cardiothoracic Societies. David was also a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth, University Hospital Birmingham for Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Honorary Professor at the Department of Child Health, University of Birmingham.

His research interests include Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Congenitally Corrected Transposition and Complex Pulmonary Atresia. His research has focused on surgical innovations in these conditions as well as in developing risk adjustment scores, national database development in congenital cardiac surgery and in quality improvement systems, supported by NIHR and British Heart Foundation grants of >$3M.


Dr. Barron's research interests include:

  • Surgery for congenitally corrected transposition and  reconditioning/training of the left ventricle 
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and imaging of myocardial perfusion in the functional single ventricle 
  • Unifocalisation techniques in complex pulmonary atresia 
  • Risk adjustment systems in pediatric and adult congenital heart disease 
  • Surgical training using 3-printed models. 

Education and experience

  • 1988: MB BS, St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London UK
  • 1990–1992: Cambridge Peri-Fellowship Rotation, Papworth and Addenbrookes UK
  • 1992–1993: Resident, Intensive Care, Charing Cross Hospital London UK 
  • 1993–1995: Resident, Cardiothoracic Surgery Southampton UK 
  • 1995–1996: Doctorate, Imperial College London UK
  • 1996–1997: Senior Resident, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Brompton Hospital, London UK National Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery 
  • 1997–1998: Great Ormond Street Hospital London
  • 1998–1999: Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK
  • 1999–2019: Consultant (Staff) Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital 
  • 1999–2019: Professor of Surgery, University Hospital Birmingham


  • 2020: Surgical Representative, SickKids Medical Staff Association (MSA)
  • 2019: Lead for Adult Congenital Heart Surgery, UHN
  • 2016: Council Member,European Association Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS)
  • 2016: Invited to lead review the provision of surgery for Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome, Australian Health Board
  • 2016: Editorial Board, European Journal Cardiothoracic Surgery 
  • 2016: Editorial Board, World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  • 2017–2020: Appointed to executive committee, European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association 
  • 2016–2020: Elected Chairman, Midlands Network, and Congenital Cardiac Services
  • 2009–2020: National Surgical Lead-Steering Group: Congenital Audit, NCHDA (National Congenital Heart Disease Audit, UK)
  • 2006–2020: College Assessor- Appointed by Royal College of Surgeons (UK) to sit on consultant appointment panels as college assessor. 
  • 2017–2019: Lead Examiner, European Board Examination Congenital Cardiac Surgery


  1. Barron DJ, Kutty RS, Stickley J, Stümper O, Botha P, Khan NE, Jones TJ, Drury NE, Brawn WJ. Unifocalization cannot rely exclusively on native pulmonary arteries: the importance of recruitment of major aortopulmonary collaterals in 249 cases†. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2019 Oct 1;56(4):679-687. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezz070. PMID: 30891593
  2. Brown KL,Ridout D, Pagel C, Wray J, Anderson D, Barron DJ, Cassidy J, Davis PJ, Rodrigues W, Stoica S, Tibby S, Utley M, Tsang VT. Incidence and risk factors for important early morbidities associated with pediatric cardiac surgery in a UK population. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Oct;158(4):1185-1196.
  3. QuandtD, Ramchandani B, Penford G, Stickley J, Bhole V, Mehta C, Jones T, Barron DJ, Stumper O.Right ventricular outflow tract stent versus BT shunt palliation in Tetralogy of Fallot.Heart. 2017 103: 1985-91.
  4. MurtuzaB, Barron DJ, Stumper O, Stickley J, Eaton D, Jones TJ, Brawn WJ. Anatomic repair for congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries: a single-institution 19 year experience. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011; 142(6):1348-57.
  5. Barron DJ, Haq IU, Crucean A, Stickley J, Botha P, Khan N, Jones TJ, Brawn WJ The importance of age and weight on cavopulmonary shunt (stage II) outcomes after the Norwood procedure: Planned versus unplanned surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Jan 17. pii: S0022-5223(17)30030-2
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