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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
Vice Chair Discipline: 
Research

Publications

Greig, PC, Murtha, AP, Jimmerson, CJ, Herbert, WN, Roitman-Johnson, B, and Allen, J. "Maternal serum interleukin-6 during pregnancy and during term and preterm labor." Obstet Gynecol 90, no. 3 (September 1997): 465-469.

Scholars@Duke

Boggess, KA, Greig, PC, Murtha, AP, Jimmerson, CE, and Herbert, WN. "Maternal serum granulocyte-colony stimulating factor in preterm birth with subclinical chorioamnionitis." J Reprod Immunol 33, no. 1 (April 1997): 45-52.

Scholars@Duke

Murtha, AP, Greig, P, Jimmerson, CE, and Roitman-Johnson, B. "Elevated maternal serum interleukin-6 concentrations as a marker for impending preterai delivery." Acta Diabetologica Latina 176, no. 1 PART II (1997): S51-.

Scholars@Duke

Murtha, AP, Greig, PC, Jimmerson, CE, Roitman-Johnson, B, Allen, J, and Herbert, WN. "Maternal serum interleukin-6 concentrations in patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes and evidence of infection." Am J Obstet Gynecol 175, no. 4 Pt 1 (October 1996): 966-969.

Scholars@Duke

Murtha, AP, Greig, PC, Jimmerson, CE, Roitman-Johnson, B, Allen, J, and Herbert, WNP. "Maternal serum interleukin-6 concentrations in patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes and evidence of infection." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 175, no. 4 I (1996): 966-969.

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