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Geeta Krishna Swamy, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: Box 3967 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 681-5220

Dr. Geeta Swamy, MD, became Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Development in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on March 1, 2018. In this dual role, Dr. Swamy oversees strategic development and administration of the Department’s basic, translational and clinical research programs, as well as implements and oversees programs to support development and mentorship for all faculty at all levels.

Dr. Swamy has dedicated her career to advancing research in women’s health and to mentoring faculty and trainees. She is an internationally recognized clinician-researcher, and an expert and nationally-recognized leader in the field of maternal immunization and vaccination in pregnancy. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. She currently serves as the Co-Principal Investigator for the NIH-NIAID Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation (VTEU) and CDC-funded Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Swamy has been the Director of the Duke Perinatal Research Center since 2010.

Dr. Swamy has also been instrumental in developing and leading the School of Medicine’s Research Regulatory and Compliance initiatives, first as Chair of the IRB and then as Associate Dean for Clinical Research for Regulatory Oversight and Research Initiatives. This past fall, she was promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Swamy's focused area of interests are perinatal infection, maternal immunization and preterm birth.

Education and Training

  • Resident, Obstetrics And Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh, 1997 - 2001
  • M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997


Kaiser, LM, Miranda, ML, Hussey, J, Buescher, P, Kim, D, and Swamy, GK. "Association of adequacy of prenatal care utilization and maternal health status with birth outcomes in North Carolina, 1999-2003." February 2008.


Pletsch, PK, Pollak, KI, Peterson, BL, Park, J, Oncken, CA, Swamy, GK, and Lyna, P. "Olfactory and gustatory sensory changes to tobacco smoke in pregnant smokers." Res Nurs Health 31, no. 1 (February 2008): 31-41.

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Swamy, GK, Østbye, T, and Skjærven, R. "Preterm birth, long-term survival, and fertility - Reply." JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association 300, no. 2 (2008): 167-168.

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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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Pollak, KI, Oncken, CA, Lipkus, IM, Lyna, P, Swamy, GK, Pletsch, PK, Peterson, BL, Heine, RP, Brouwer, RJN, Fish, L, and Myers, ER. "Nicotine replacement and behavioral therapy for smoking cessation in pregnancy." Am J Prev Med 33, no. 4 (October 2007): 297-305.

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Ellestad, SC, Zimmerman, SA, Thornburg, C, Mitchell, TE, Swamy, GK, and James, AH. "Severe factor V deficiency presenting with intracranial haemorrhage during gestation." Haemophilia 13, no. 4 (July 2007): 432-434.

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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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Swamy, GK, Wilson, K, and Heine, P. "Compliance with adult immunization guidelines during pregnancy." December 2006.

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Mills, A, Boyd, B, Hertzberg, B, Brown, H, and Swamy, GK. "Early ultrasound for fetal anatomy in the obese pregnant woman." December 2006.

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Williams, K, Edwards, S, Tassone, E, Gray, S, Swamy, GK, Gelfand, A, and Miranda, ML. "Effect of air pollution (PM2.5 & PM10) on low birthweight in north Carolina." December 2006.

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