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Matthew Barber, MD


Matthew Barber, MD
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A81
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Matthew Barber, MD
Department: Urology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A81
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Matthew Barber, MD
Department: Urology
Location: Fairview Medical Center
Mail Code FMOB1-212
18099 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Matthew D. Barber, MD, MHS, is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Vice-Chair of Clinical Research in the OB/Gyn and Women's Health Institute. He is a Staff Physician in the Section of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Ob/Gyn and the Glickman Urological Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is Board-certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Barber was President of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) from 2011-2012 and was named the 2009 Continence Care Champion by the National Association for Continence (NAFC). He is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry, a national registry of surgery for pelvic organ prolapse. He is a Scientific Editor for the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (BJOG) and Associate Editor for the journal Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery .

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2001, he was an associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Barber's specialty interests include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, vesicovaginal, rectovaginal fistulas and management of pelvic mesh complications

Dr. Barber received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then went on to Duke University, where he earned a Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Research and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as a fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. He is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio and North Carolina. He has been listed on the Top Doctor's list from 2010-2015

He is lead or co-author on over 175 research studies published in peer-reviewed publications or presented at leading medical conferences in his field. He is also author or co-author of many chapters in medical textbooks, and he regularly gives presentations and seminars. Dr. Barber has won numerous academic awards and research grants, including, to name only a few, the National Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology & The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2005), Teacher of the Year in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic (2002 – 03 and 2004 – 05) the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons Prize Paper (2008), and American Urogynecologic Society Best Clinical/Surgical Paper (2011 and 2013)

Professional Highlights

  • President, American Urogynecologic Society 2011-12
  • Executive Officer, American Urogynecologic Society 2009-2012
  • Steering Committee Chair, Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry (PFDR) 2012-2015
  • 2009 Continence Care Champion, National Association for Continence
  • Principal Investigator and Steering committee member, Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, Cleveland Clinic Site, National Institute of Childhood Health and Human Development
  • American Urogynecological Society Prize Clinical Science Paper, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2013
  • National Faculty Award, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2005
  • Scientific Editor, British Journal of Ob/Gyn (BJOG)
  • Associate Editor, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Female Pelvic Med & Reconstruc
Durham, NC USA
Graduate - Duke University School of Medicine
Clinical Research
Durham, NC USA
Residency - Duke University Medical Center
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Durham, NC USA
Medical School - Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA USA
Undergraduate - Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA USA


  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology- Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Interests

Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Urinary Incontinence, Fecal Incontinence, Vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulas, pelvic reconstructive surgery, vaginal mesh complications

Awards & Honors

  • National Association for Continence (NAFC) 2009 Continence Care Champion
  • National Faculty Award, 2005, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology & The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • June Allyson Research Fellowship, 2000
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders Network –  NICHD, Principal Investigator for Cleveland Clinic Site
  • Teacher of the Year, 2004 – 2005, Ob/Gyn, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Teacher of the Year, 2002 – 2003, Ob/Gyn, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • American Urogynecologic Society Prize Paper 2001,  2007, 2011, 2013
  • Society for Gynecologic Surgeons President's Award for Outstanding Research in Gynecologic Surgery 2008
  • Axel Ingelmann-Sundberg Award for Best Abstract, International Urogynecological  Association, 2011
  • Mentor of the Year, 2011 District V - American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology


    • American Urogynecologic Society
    • Society for Gynecologic Surgeons
    • International Continence Society
    • International Urogynecological Association
    • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

      Treatment & Services

      • Anorecal Physiology And Ultrasonography
      • Bladder Surgery
      • Clinical Trials
      • Complex Pelvic Surgery
      • Cystoscopy
      • Evidence-based Medicine
      • Gynecology
      • Hysterectomy
      • Injection Of Bulking Agents For Urinary Incontinence
      • Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services
      • Pelvic Floor Reconstruction
      • Pelvic Floor Surgery
      • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
      • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery For Genital Prolapse
      • Prolapse Surgery
      • Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
      • Removal of Vaginal Mesh
      • Section of Urogynecology
      • Sling Procedures For Urinary Incontinence
      • Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
      • Surgical Repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse
      • Urethral & Vaginal Reconstruction
      • Urodynamic Studies
      • Urodynamic Testing
      • Urogynecology
      • Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery
      • Vaginal Sling Procedure
      • Vaginal Surgery for Incontinence
      • Vaginal Surgery for Prolapse

      Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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