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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 past 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
Vice Chair Discipline: 
Research

Publications

Matern, D, Hart, P, Murtha, AP, Vockley, J, Gregersen, N, Millington, DS, and Treem, WR. "Acute fatty liver of pregnancy associated with short-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency." J Pediatr 138, no. 4 (April 2001): 585-588.

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Shelton, SD, Boggess, KA, Murtha, AP, Groff, AO, and Herbert, WN. "Repeated fetal betamethasone treatment and birth weight and head circumference." Obstet Gynecol 97, no. 2 (February 2001): 301-304.

Scholars@Duke

Gardner, SF, Penning, DH, Murtha, AP, Hendrix, BM, and Booth, JV. "Medical management of the seizing pregnant patient. Maternal-fetal conflicts." ANESTHESIOLOGY 93, no. 3A (September 2000): U214-U214.

Scholars@Duke

Champagne, CM, Madianos, PN, Lieff, S, Murtha, AP, Beck, JD, and Offenbacher, S. "Periodontal medicine: emerging concepts in pregnancy outcomes." J Int Acad Periodontol 2, no. 1 (January 2000): 9-13. (Review)

Scholars@Duke

Matern, D, Hart, P, Murtha, AP, Vockley, G, Gregersen, N, Millington, DS, and Treem, WR. "Broadening the spectrum of fetal fatty acid beta-oxidation (FAO) disorders causing liver disease in pregnant women." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS 65, no. 4 (October 1999): A45-A45.

Scholars@Duke

Murtha, AP, Boggess, KA, Jimmerson, CE, Greig, PC, and Herbert, WN. "Umbilical venous D-dimer concentrations with and without labor." Obstet Gynecol 92, no. 2 (August 1998): 184-186.

Scholars@Duke

Imseis, HM, Murtha, AP, Alexander, KA, and Barnett, BD. "Spontaneous rupture of a primigravid uterus secondary to placenta percreta. A case report." J Reprod Med 43, no. 3 (March 1998): 233-236.

Scholars@Duke

Murtha, AP, Greig, PC, Jimmerson, CE, and Herbert, WN. "Maternal serum interleukin-6 concentration as a marker for impending preterm delivery." Obstet Gynecol 91, no. 2 (February 1998): 161-164.

Scholars@Duke

Livengood, CH, Boggess, KA, Wrenn, JW, and Murtha, AP. "Performance of a commercial polymerase chain reaction test for endocervical Chlamydia trachomatis infection in a university hospital population." Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 6, no. 5 (1998): 224-229.

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Imseis, HM, Murtha, AP, Alexander, KA, and Barnett, BD. "Spontaneous rupture of a primigravid uterus secondary to placenta percreta: A case report." Journal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist 43, no. 3 SUPPL. (1998): 233-236.

Scholars@Duke

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