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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
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Research

Publications

Vidal, AC, Murphy, SK, Murtha, AP, Schildkraut, JM, Soubry, A, Huang, Z, Neelon, SEB, Fuemmeler, B, Iversen, E, Wang, F, Kurtzberg, J, Jirtle, RL, and Hoyo, C. "Associations between antibiotic exposure during pregnancy, birth weight and aberrant methylation at imprinted genes among offspring." Int J Obes (Lond) 37, no. 7 (July 2013): 907-913.

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Liu, Y, Hoyo, C, Murphy, S, Huang, Z, Overcash, F, Thompson, J, Brown, H, and Murtha, AP. "DNA methylation at imprint regulatory regions in preterm birth and infection." Am J Obstet Gynecol 208, no. 5 (May 2013): 395.e1-395.e7.

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Thompson, JL, Antczak, BC, Feng, L, Grotegut, CA, Seed, PC, and Murtha, AP. "Distribution of Toll-Like Receptor 4 in Preterm Fetal Membranes." March 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Smrtka, MP, Grotegut, CA, Feng, L, and Murtha, AP. "Thrombin-Induced Tissue Factor Expression in Human Decidual Cells Is Not Affected by Enoxaparin." March 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Soubry, A, Schildkraut, JM, Murtha, A, Wang, F, Huang, Z, Bernal, A, Kurtzberg, J, Jirtle, RL, Murphy, SK, and Hoyo, C. "Paternal obesity is associated with IGF2 hypomethylation in newborns: results from a Newborn Epigenetics Study (NEST) cohort. (Published online)" BMC Med 11 (February 6, 2013): 29-.

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Vidal, AC, Murphy, SK, Murtha, AP, Schildkraut, JM, Soubry, A, Huang, Z, Neelon, SEB, Fuemmeler, B, Iversen, E, Wang, F, Kurtzberg, J, Jirtle, RL, and Hoyo, C. "Associations between antibiotic exposure during pregnancy, birth weight and aberrant methylation at imprinted genes among offspring." International Journal of Obesity 37, no. 7 (2013): 907-913.

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Vidal, AC, Overcash, F, Murphy, SK, Murtha, AP, Schildkraut, JM, Forman, MR, Demark-Wahnefried, W, Kurtzberg, J, Skaar, D, Jirtle, RL, and Hoyo, C. "Associations between birth and one year anthropometric measurements and IGF2 and IGF2R genetic variants in African American and Caucasian American infants." Journal of pediatric genetics 2, no. 3 (January 2013).

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Liu, Y, Hoyo, C, Murphy, S, Huang, Z, Overcash, F, Thompson, J, Brown, H, and Murtha, AP. "DNA methylation at imprint regulatory regions in preterm birth and infection." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 208, no. 5 (2013): 395.e1-395.e7.

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Vidal, AC, Murtha, AP, Murphy, SK, Fortner, K, Overcash, F, Henry, N, Schildkraut, JM, Forman, MR, Demark-Wahnefried, W, Kurtzberg, J, Jirtle, R, and Hoyo, C. "Maternal BMI, IGF-I Levels, and Birth Weight in African American and White Infants." Int J Pediatr 2013 (2013): 191472-.

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Drake, TK, DeSoto, MG, Peters, JJ, Henderson, MH, Thiele, B, Bishop, TS, Murtha, AP, Katz, DF, and Wax, A. "In vivo optical imaging of human vaginal gel thickness distributions with a probe-based, dual-modality instrument." J Biomed Opt 17, no. 11 (November 2012): 116014-.

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