Vice President of Information Services and CIO

Deborah Barnes


Responsible for the planning, installation and maintenance of all computer software applications, computers, phones, pagers, biomedical equipment and audiovisual equipment, as well as all aspects of patient medical records operations within CHKD.


Barnes has been with CHKD since 1994 and has served as CIO since 1998. She has 36 years of experience in information technology, 29 years of healthcare information technology experience, and 26 years of experience in management. 

Barnes was Assistant Director of Medical Systems for Sentara Health System where she worked for over nine years. Prior to that she developed and subsequently managed the development of software for the U.S. military.


Barnes received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Old Dominion University.

Professional Memberships 

  • College of Healthcare Information Management Executives 
  • Health Information and Management Systems Society 
  • Child Health Corporation of America – CIO Representative 
  • Cerner Pediatric Leadership Council and Steering Committee