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Amy Patricia Murtha, MD

Amy P Murtha, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 4022 Hosp South, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 681-5220
Email: murth002@mc.duke.edu

Dr. Amy Murtha is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After graduating from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1992 she completed her residency in OB-GYN and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Duke University then joined the faculty at Duke in 1998. 

Dr. Murtha served as interim Chair for the Department of OB-GYN and Fellowship Director for the maternal fetal medicine division. She is currently Clinical Research Unit (CRU) Director and Program Director for the NIH-funded K12 training grant Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH).  As a leader in research administration, Dr. Murtha has created an environment for the oversight of research in a way that is beneficial to the entire enterprise.  

Dr. Murtha’s research career has focused primarily on preterm delivery and specifically on preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM).  As a clinician scientist, she has the unique perspective of understanding the clinical implications of both basic and laboratory research. The Perinatal Research Initiative, led by Dr. Murtha and funded through philanthropic dollars, has allowed for growth in the size and scope of her lab.  In addition to advancing the understanding of the etiology of preterm birth she has also focused on training the next generation of physician scientists in translational and molecular biology techniques with over 75 publications.  Dr. Murtha uses her experiences and leadership skills to create an environment of supportive, collaborative, financially responsible research at Duke that aligns with the missions of the School of Medicine and the Duke University Health System.  

Education and Training

  • Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Duke University, 1992 - 1996
  • M.D., Drexel University, 1992
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Research

Publications

Paglia, MJ, Parham, T, Sinclair, T, and Murtha, AP. "Dermal closure time in cesarean delivery Pfannenstiel incision using a barbed suture." April 2005.

Scholars@Duke

Lieff, S, Boggess, KA, Murtha, AP, Jared, H, Madianos, PN, Moss, K, Beck, J, and Offenbacher, S. "The oral conditions and pregnancy study: periodontal status of a cohort of pregnant women." J Periodontol 75, no. 1 (January 2004): 116-126.

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Jones, MR, James, AH, Jamison, M, and Murtha, AP. "Maternal sickle trait is not associated with a decrease in birth weight." December 2003.

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Brancazio, LR, Murtha, AP, and Heine, RP. "Prevention of recurrent preterm delivery by 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate." N Engl J Med 349, no. 11 (September 11, 2003): 1087-1088. (Letter)

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Boggess, KA, Lieff, S, Murtha, AP, Moss, K, Beck, J, and Offenbacher, S. "Maternal periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk for preeclampsia." Obstet Gynecol 101, no. 2 (February 2003): 227-231.

Scholars@Duke

Riché, EL, Boggess, KA, Lieff, S, Murtha, AP, Auten, RL, Beck, JD, and Offenbacher, S. "Periodontal disease increases the risk of preterm delivery among preeclamptic women." Ann Periodontol 7, no. 1 (December 2002): 95-101.

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Murtha, AP, Auten, R, and Herbert, WNP. "Apoptosis in the chorion laeve of term patients with histologic chorioamnionitis." Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 10, no. 2 (2002): 93-96.

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Offenbacher, S, Lieff, S, Boggess, KA, Murtha, AP, Madianos, PN, Champagne, CM, McKaig, RG, Jared, HL, Mauriello, SM, Auten, RL, Herbert, WN, and Beck, JD. "Maternal periodontitis and prematurity. Part I: Obstetric outcome of prematurity and growth restriction." Ann Periodontol 6, no. 1 (December 2001): 164-174.

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Madianos, PN, Lieff, S, Murtha, AP, Boggess, KA, Auten, RL, Beck, JD, and Offenbacher, S. "Maternal periodontitis and prematurity. Part II: Maternal infection and fetal exposure." Ann Periodontol 6, no. 1 (December 2001): 175-182.

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Jackson, TD, and Murtha, AP. "Anergy during pregnancy." Am J Obstet Gynecol 184, no. 6 (May 2001): 1090-1092.

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