Dr. Barkley has served in the role of Chief Medical Officer for Atrium Health Continuing Care Services for 12 years.  Dr. Barkley’s responsibilities include oversight of five Atrium skilled nursing facilities, 2 hospice agencies and Atrium Health at Home. Atrium Health at Home provides physical, speech and occupational therapies to The Pines and he works closely with Atrium Health Senior Care which provides on-site physician assistant services to The Pines.  During COVID-19, Dr. Barkley interceded on behalf of The Pines to obtain COVID-19 testing of Pines residents and staff before such testing was readily available, and he provided advice throughout 2020 on different aspects of dealing with COVID-19.  His mother lived at The Pines for a number of years.  Dr. Barkley received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina prior to completing an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. In 2002 he left private practice in Pulmonary & Critical Care to become the first paid Medical Director at what was then Hospice at Charlotte (now Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region). There he started the first Palliative Care services in the Charlotte region and was the Chief Medical Officer of HPCCR until assuming his current role with Atrium Health in April 20210. Dr. Barkley’s current clinical work is in the hospice inpatient unit setting.