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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


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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Mills, A, Brown, H, Heine, P, and Swamy, GK. "Provider awareness of obesity in pregnancy." December 2006.

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Murtha, AP, Nieves, A, Hauser, ER, Swamy, GK, Yonish, BA, Sinclair, TR, and Heine, RP. "Association of maternal IL-1 receptor antagonist intron 2 gene polymorphism and preterm birth." Am J Obstet Gynecol 195, no. 5 (November 2006): 1249-1253.

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Pollak, KI, Oncken, CA, Lipkus, IM, Peterson, BL, Swamy, GK, Pletsch, PK, Lyna, P, Namenek Brouwer, RJ, Fish, LJ, and Myers, ER. "Challenges and solutions for recruiting pregnant smokers into a nicotine replacement therapy trial." Nicotine Tob Res 8, no. 4 (August 2006): 547-554.

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James, AH, Jamison, MG, Biswas, MS, Brancazio, LR, Swamy, GK, and Myers, ER. "Acute myocardial infarction in pregnancy: a United States population-based study." Circulation 113, no. 12 (March 28, 2006): 1564-1571.

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Bursey-Reddick, K, Swamy, GK, Brouwer, RN, Pollak, KI, Myers, ER, and Investigators, BS. "Comparison of self-reported smoking status and anonymous urinary cotinine testing in pregnancy." December 2005.

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Swamy, GK, Ostbye, T, and Skjaerven, R. "Long term effects of prematurity: Results from the medical birth registry of Norway." December 2005.

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Swamy, GK, Simhan, HN, Gammill, HS, and Heine, RP. "Clinical utility of fetal fibronectin for predicting preterm birth." J Reprod Med 50, no. 11 (November 2005): 851-856.


Miranda, ML, Edwards, SE, Swamy, GK, Paul, CJ, and Neelon, B. "Blood lead levels among pregnant women: historical versus contemporaneous exposures." Int J Environ Res Public Health 7, no. 4: 1508-1519.

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Cowchock, FS, Meador, KG, Floyd, SE, and Swamy, GK. "Spiritual needs of couples facing pregnancy termination because of fetal anomalies." J Pastoral Care Counsel 65, no. 1-2: 4.1-410.

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