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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

Quinn, MT, Murtha, AP, and MacDonald, AG. "Pregnancy outcomes in centering pregnancy compared with traditional prenatal care." April 2008.

Scholars@Duke

Canzoneri, BJ, Grotegut, CA, Swamy, GK, Brancazio, LR, and Murtha, AP. "Antibiotics appear to suppress maternal serum interleukin-6 levels in women with preterm premature rupture of membranes." February 2008.

Scholars@Duke

Grotegut, CA, Canzoneri, BJ, Feng, L, Heine, P, and Murtha, AP. "Cigarette smoke extract causes cell death in cultured human chorion and decidua cells." February 2008.

Scholars@Duke

George, RB, Kalich, J, Yonish, B, and Murtha, AP. "Apoptosis in the chorion of fetal membranes in preterm premature rupture of membranes." Am J Perinatol 25, no. 1 (January 2008): 29-32.

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Ruma, M, Boggess, K, Moss, K, Jared, H, Murtha, A, Beck, J, and Offenbacher, S. "Maternal periodontal disease, systemic inflammation, and risk for preeclampsia." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 198, no. 4 (2008): 389.e1-389.e5.

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Ellestad, SC, Swamy, GK, Sinclair, T, James, AH, Heine, RP, and Murtha, AP. "Preterm premature rupture of membrane management--inpatient versus outpatient: a retrospective review." Am J Perinatol 25, no. 1 (January 2008): 69-73.

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George, RB, Kalich, J, Yonish, B, and Murtha, AP. "Apoptosis in the chorion of fetal membranes in preterm premature rupture of membranes." May 2007.

Scholars@Duke

Murtha, AP, Feng, L, Yonish, B, Leppert, PC, and Schomberg, DW. "Progesterone protects fetal chorion and maternal decidua cells from calcium-induced death." Am J Obstet Gynecol 196, no. 3 (March 2007): 257.e1-257.e5.

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Ruma, MS, Moise, KJ, Kim, E, Murtha, AP, Prutsman, WJ, Hassan, SS, and Lubarsky, SL. "Combined plasmapheresis and intravenous immune globulin for the treatment of severe maternal red cell alloimmunization." Am J Obstet Gynecol 196, no. 2 (February 2007): 138.e1-138.e6.

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Murtha, AP, Sinclair, T, Hauser, ER, Swamy, GK, Herbert, WNP, and Heine, RP. "Maternal serum cytokines in preterm premature rupture of membranes." Obstet Gynecol 109, no. 1 (January 2007): 121-127.

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