Heather M Barbier


Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics
Military Residency Program Director/Urogyecology
Location: Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV
Research Interests:
Quality Improvement
Office Phone


University of Louisiana - Lafayette, Bachelor of Science, 1999
Louisiana State University School of Medicine - New Orleans, MD, 2004
Louisiana State University School of Public Health, MPH, 2004
Keesler Medical Center, OB/Gyn Internship, 2005
Naval Medical Center San Diego, OB/Gyn Residency, 2008
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) Fellowhsip, 2015


Dr. Heather Barbier received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans then continued on to an Obstetrics & Gynecology residency with the Air Force. She completed her intern year at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS then moved to Naval Medical Center San Diego to complete residency following the Keesler program closure after hurricane Katrina. During her residency she served as Administrative Chief Resident.

Following completion of residency Dr. Barbier then served two overseas tours as a general OB/Gyn in the Air Force (at Yokota Air Base, Japan and Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath, England). She then moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she completed a 3-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) in 2015. After fellowship she moved to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where she served as full-time faculty for the combined Navy-Air Force OB/Gyn residency program there. She also served as the Air Force Flight Commander for the NMCP program overseeing Air Force residents and faculty at that program.

In 2018, Dr. Barbier moved to Las Vegas to serve as the Military Program Director for a newly combined UNLV-Air Force residency program. Along with the Minimally Invasive Gynecology faculty, she started a new combined MIS/Urogynecology rotation for the academic year starting in 2019. She is overseeing the residency Quality Improvement curriculum. Additionally she has multiple publications, posters, and oral presentation and has given multiple lectures in Urogynecology topics to various audiences.

In her free time, Dr. Barbier likes to do outdoor activities as much as possible – in particular compete in triathlons – and to travel both around the US and internationally.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Current position: Military Program Director for the combined UNLV-Air Force OB/Gyn Residency (at Nellis Air Force Base); Urogynecology at Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center and UNLV, 2018-present

Urogynecology Attending, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth/633rd Medical Group at Langley Air Force Base, VA, 2015-2018

OB/Gyn, 48th Medical Group, Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath,England, 2010-2012

OB/Gyn, 374th Medical Group, Yokota Air Base, Japan, 2008-2010

Representative Bibliography

Buckley K, Gann J, Barbier H, Greer J. Pelvic organ prolapse in a fighter pilot with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2018 Jan 1; 89(1):66-69. PMID: 29233247

Barbier H. Urogynecology digest. International Urogynecology Journal 2016; 27(1): 159-160. PMID: 26318613

Barbier HM, Smith MZ, Eto C, Welgoss JA, Gruber DD. Ureteral compromise in laparoscopic versus vaginal uterosacral ligament suspension: A retrospective cohort. Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery 2015; 21(6): 363-368. PMID: 26506167

Iwanoff CJ, Barbier, HM, Massengill JC, Lombardi ED, Christensen CL, Buller, JL, Gruber DD. Laparoscopic Colpotomy Using Monopolar Electrocautery: Does Power Really Matter? Accepted for publication 02 Sep 2014 for publication in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, 2015; 21(3): 141-145. PMID: 255221469

Gruber DD, Massengill JC, Lamb SV, Barbier HM, Rosemeyer CJ, Lockgrow EG, Buller JL. Magnification effects on distance estimation during robotic suturing. Journal of Robotic Surgery, 2014; 8(3): 233-238.

Barbier HM, Diaz JH. Preventing toxic seafood-borne illness in travelers. Journal of Travel Medicine, 2003; 10(1): 29-37. PMID: 12729510