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Barry J Byrne, MD, PhD

Pediatric Cardiologist

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My bio

Dr. Barry Byrne is the Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center at the University of Florida. After obtaining a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Denison University, he pursued his medical education, as well as a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, at the University of Illinois. He completed his pediatric residency, cardiology fellowship training and post-doctoral training in Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. Joining the University of Florida in 1997, he has served in a variety of clinical, research and educational roles, and is now the Earl and Christy Powell University Chair in Genetics.

Dr. Byrne is currently conducting numerous clinical research studies for a variety of rare diseases, with specific attention to developing therapies for inherited muscle disease. As a pediatric cardiologist, his focus is on conditions that lead to skeletal muscle weakness, cardiac dysfunction and respiratory dysfunction. His research team has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of Pompe disease, a type of muscular dystrophy resulting from abnormal glycogen accumulation in the muscle. His current research has focused on developing new therapies using the missing cellular protein or the corrective gene to restore muscle function in Pompe, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other inherited myopathies.

Board certifications

  • Pediatric Cardiology

    American Board of Pediatrics


  • Clinical Fellowship - Pediatric Cardiology

    Johns Hopkins University, 1987-1991

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Biological Chemistry

    Johns Hopkins University, 1987-1991

  • Residency - Pediatrics

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1984-1987

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Microbiology & Immunology

    University of Illinois, 1978-1984

  • Medical Degree

    University of Illinois, 1978-1984

My areas of focus






  • UFRF Professor Award

    University of Florida, 2017-2020

  • Faculty Research Prize in Clinical Research

    University of Florida, 2007

  • Research Professor Award

    University of Florida, 2003-2006

  • Clinician Scientist Award

    Johns Hopkins University, 1996

  • Clinician Scientist Award

    Johns Hopkins University, 1994

  • Grant Awardee

    Johns Hopkins University, 1992

  • James Scholar

    University of Illinois, 1983