Barry S. Myers


Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Myers has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1991 and has just completed a three-year role as Managing Director of Licensing and Ventures. His research examines the biomechanics of head and neck injury with the goal of injury prevention. Dr. Myers founded and directs the Coulter Foundation Translational Partnership Program at Duke that provides $1 MM in early stage funding and management to faculty health care innovations annually with a goal of licensing and creating new life science start-up companies. He is also Director of Innovation in the newly formed Duke CTSI where he is responsible for the consult service that provides funding and project management support to faculty translational research projects in the Duke Medical Center.  Dr. Myers created and leads a national translational research fund intended to reduce injuries in professional football ( Taken together he oversees over $3,000,000/year in funding for life science projects. He also maintains an active consulting practice including the NFL-PA and NASCAR while serving as an Executive-in-Residence at Pappas Ventures advising several start-up companies.

Dr. Myers is considered by many as the preeminent researcher in his field worldwide, having over 100 manuscripts and publications on the subject. Among Dr. Myers many honors are the Stapp Award of Recognition, and the Isbrandt Award for automotive safety from the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is the six-time winner of the Stapp Award for research in impact biomechanics, more than any other individual, and also the Bertil Aldman award for impact biomechanics research. Dr. Myers has worked with all major organizations concerned with safety in the United States including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. Because of his breadth of experience in injury prevention, Dr. Myers was appointed to the position of Senior Scientific Advisor to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for two years. He has also consulted with most major automobile manufactures and automotive racing organizations worldwide.

Dr. Myers is a Distinguished Professor at Duke University, having received the Bass Chair in recognition of his accomplishments in research and teaching. He is the faculty advisor to four student best graduate student paper competition winners at national meetings. He was responsible for the 2004 revision of the Pratt School of Engineering undergraduate curriculum. He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has also served as Senior Associate Dean for Industrial Partnerships and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization in the Pratt School of Engineering.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information


  • M.B.A. Duke University, 2004
  • M.D. Duke University, School of Medicine, 1991
  • Ph.D. Duke University, 1991
  • B.S. University of Toronto (Canada), 1985

Research Interests

An expert in head and neck impact injury biomechanics, Dr. Myers is interested in translational research innovation—overseeing programs to advance faculty research to market.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering. 2008
  • Founders Award. Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics. 2008
  • Fellow. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2003

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Bailey, AM; Funk, JR; Crandall, JR; Myers, BS; Arbogast, KB, Laboratory Evaluation of Shell Add-On Products for American Football Helmets for Professional Linemen., Annals of biomedical engineering, vol 49 no. 10 (2021), pp. 2747-2759 [10.1007/s10439-021-02842-8] [abs].
  • Bailey, AM; Sanchez, EJ; Park, G; Gabler, LF; Funk, JR; Crandall, JR; Wonnacott, M; Withnall, C; Myers, BS; Arbogast, KB, Development and Evaluation of a Test Method for Assessing the Performance of American Football Helmets., Annals of biomedical engineering, vol 48 no. 11 (2020), pp. 2566-2579 [10.1007/s10439-020-02626-6] [abs].
  • Funk, JR; Jadischke, R; Bailey, A; Crandall, J; McCarthy, J; Arbogast, K; Myers, B, Laboratory Reconstructions of Concussive Helmet-to-Helmet Impacts in the National Football League., Annals of biomedical engineering, vol 48 no. 11 (2020), pp. 2652-2666 [10.1007/s10439-020-02632-8] [abs].
  • Kent, R; Forman, J; Bailey, A; Cormier, J; Park, G; Crandall, J; Arbogast, KB; Myers, B, Surface Contact Features, Impact Obliquity, and Preimpact Rotational Motion in Concussive Helmet-to-Ground Impacts: Assessment via a New Impact Test Device., Annals of biomedical engineering, vol 48 no. 11 (2020), pp. 2639-2651 [10.1007/s10439-020-02621-x] [abs].
  • Lessley, DJ; Kent, RW; Cormier, JM; Sherwood, CP; Funk, JR; Crandall, JR; Myers, BS; Arbogast, KB, Position-Specific Circumstances of Concussions in the NFL: Toward the Development of Position-Specific Helmets., Annals of biomedical engineering, vol 48 no. 11 (2020), pp. 2542-2554 [10.1007/s10439-020-02657-z] [abs].