Claire Barber

Research Scientist of Rheumatoloy, MD, PhD, FRCPC


  • Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary


Research Interests

  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiovascular care for rheumatoid arthritis


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.

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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 rheumatoid arthritis.

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 and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health.


Barber CE, Mosher D, Barnabe C, Lacaille D, Zummer M, Baillie C, Charnock C, Brophy J, Cividino A, Thomson J, Nasr M, Pope J, Badley E, Ahluwalia V, Ruban T, McDougall RS, Thorne C, Yacyshyn E, Marshall DA. Planning for the rheumatologist workforce: factors associated with work hours and volumes. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology 2017, Accepted.


Barber CEH, Jewett L, Badley EM, Lacaille D, Cividino A, Ahluwalia V, Averns H, Baillie C, Ellsworth J, Pope J, Levy D, Charnock C, McGowan C, Thorne C, Barnabe C, Zummer M, Lundon K, McDougall RS, Thomson JG, Yadyshyn E, Mosher D, Brophy J, Ruban NT, Marshall DA. Stand Up and Be Counted: Measuring & Mapping the Rheumatology Workforce in Canada. J Rheumatol.  2017 Feb;44(2):248-257.


Khodyakov D, Grant S, Barber CEH, Marshall DA, Esdaile JM, Lacaille D. Acceptability of an Online Modified-Delphi Panel Approach for Developing Healthcare Performance Measures: results from 3 panels on arthritis research. J Eval Clin Pract. Doi: 10.1111/jep.12623 [Epub ahead of print].


Yazdany J, Myslinski R, Miller A, Francisco M, Desai S, Schmajuk G, Lacaille D, Barber CE, Orozco C, Bunyard M, Bergman MJ, Harrington T, Passo M, Morris E, Matteson EL, Olson R, Silverman S, Warren R, Nola K, Robbins M. Methods for Developing the American College of Rheumatology’s Electronic Health Record Quality Performance Measures (“eMeasures”). Arthritis Care & Research. Accepted July 2016.


Barber CE, Marshall D, Mosher D, Akhavan P, Tucker L, Houghton K, Batthish M, Levy D, Schmeling H, Ellsworth J, Tibollo H, Grant S, Khodyakov D, Lacaille D. Development of system-level performance measures for evaluation of models of care for inflammatory arthritis in Canada. J Rheumatol. 2016 Jan. pii: jrheum.150839.


Barber C, Marshall D, Alvarez N, Mancini GBJ, Lacaille, D, Keeling S, Aviña-Zubieta A, Khodyakov D, Barnabe C, Faris P, Smith A, Noormohamed R, Hazlewood G, Martin L, Esdaile J.  Development of Cardiovascular Quality Indicators for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results from an International Expert Panel Using a Novel Online Process. J Rheumatol. 2015 Sep;42(9):1548-55.


Barber CE, Smith A, Esdaile JM, Barnabe C, Martin LO, Faris P, Hazlewood G, Noormohamed R, Alvarez N, Mancini GB, Lacaille D, Keeling S, Aviña-Zubieta JA, Marshall D. Best practices for cardiovascular disease prevention in rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review of guideline recommendations and quality indicators. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Feb;67(2):169-79.


Wang LR, Barber CE, Johnson AS, Barnabe C. Invasive Fungal Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Systemic Review of Disease Characteristics, Risk Factors and Prognosis. Semin Arthritis Rheum 2014; 44(3):325-30.


Barber CE, Lacaille D, Fortin P. Systematic review of validation studies of the use of administrative data to identify serious infections.  Arthritis Care Res 2013 Aug;65(8):1343-57.


Barber C, Kim J, Inman RD, Esdaile JM, James MT. Antibiotics for treatment of reactive arthritis: A systematic review and metaanalysis. J Rheumatol. 2013 Jun;40(6):916-28.


Touma Z, Gladman DD, MacKinnon A, Carette S, Abu-Shakra M, Askanase A, Nived O, Hanly JG, Landolt-Marticorena C, Tam LS, Toloza S, Nikpour M, Riddell C, Steiman A, Eder L, Haddad A, Barber C, Urowitz MB. Development and Assessment of Users’ Satisfaction with the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index 2000 Responder Index-50 Website. J Rheumatol 2013; 40(1):34-9.


Bernatsky S, Lix L, O’Donnell S, Lacaille D; CANRAD Network (Hudson M, Markland J, Docherty P, Fritzler M, Jones N, Kaminska E, Khalidi N, Ligier S, Masetto A, Mathieu JP, Robinson D, Smith D, Sutton E, Abu-Hakim M,Leclercq S, Lix L, O’Donnell S, Badley E, Hanly J, Hawker G, Henderson J, Lim S, Peschken C, Stringer E, Svenson L, Labrecque J, Widdifield J, Bernatsky S, Askling J, Bergeron L, Dixon W, Kopec J, Paterson M, Raymond C, Solomon D, Suissa S, Vinet E, Lacaille D, Avina-Zubieta A, Fortin P, Hudson M, Jean S, Rahme E, Solomon D, Whitehead G, Barber C, Kuriya B, Labrecque J, Leong A, Sirois C). Consensus Statements for the Use of Administrative Health Data in Rheumatic Disease Research and Surveillance. J Rheumatol 2013; 40(1):66-73.


Barber CE, Herzenberg A, Aghdassi E, Su J, Lou W, Qian G, Yip J, Nasr SH, Thomas D, Scholey J, Wither Urowitz M, Gladman D, Reich H, Fortin PR. Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes and Renal Vascular Pathology Among Patients with Lupus. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2012; 7(5):757-764.


Barber C, Leclerc R, Gladman DD, Urowitz MB, Fortin PR. Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome: An Emerging Disease Manifestation in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Semin Arthritis Rheum 2011; 41(3):353-63.


Barber CE, Lee P, Steinhart AH, Lazarou J. Multifocal Motor Neuropathy with Conduction Block Following Treatment with Infliximab. J Rheumatol 2010; 37(8):1778-1780.


Barber CE, Thompson K, Hanly JG. Impact of a Rheumatology Consultation Service on the Diagnostic Accuracy and Management of Gout in Hospitalized Patients. J Rheumatol 2009; 36(8):1699-1704.


Horton R, Barber CE. Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression Resulting from Trans-dermal Fentanyl-Clarithromycin Drug Interaction in a Patient with Advanced COPD. J Pain Symptom Manage 2009; 37(6):e2-5.


Barber CE, Geldenhuys L, Hanly JG. Sustained Remission of Lupus Nephritis. Lupus. 2006;15(2):94-101.


Barber CE, Hewlwtt TJ, Geldenhuys L, Kiberd BA, Acott PD, Hatchette TF. BK Virus Nephropathy in a Heart Transplant Recipient: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2006; 8(2):113-121.