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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


Steiner, B, Swamy, GK, and Walter, EB. "Engaging expectant parents to receive Tdap vaccination." American Journal of Perinatology 31, no. 5 (January 1, 2014): 407-412.

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Cotten, CM, Murtha, AP, Goldberg, RN, Grotegut, CA, Smith, PB, Goldstein, RF, Fisher, KA, Gustafson, KE, Waters-Pick, B, Swamy, GK, Rattray, B, Tan, S, and Kurtzberg, J. "Feasibility of autologous cord blood cells for infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy." Journal of Pediatrics 164, no. 5 (January 1, 2014).

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Meyer, SA, Westreich, DJ, Patel, E, Ehlinger, EP, Kalilani, L, Lovingood, RV, Denny, TN, Swamy, GK, and Permar, SR. "Postnatal cytomegalovirus exposure in infants of antiretroviral-treated and untreated HIV-infected mothers." Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2014 (January 2014): 989721-null.

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Munoz, FM, Bond, NH, Maccato, M, Pinell, P, Hammill, HA, Swamy, GK, Walter, EB, Jackson, LA, Englund, JA, Edwards, MS, Healy, CM, Petrie, CR, Ferreira, J, Goll, JB, and Baker, CJ. "Safety and immunogenicity of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis immunization during pregnancy in mothers and infants: A randomized clinical trial." Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 69, no. 9 (January 1, 2014): 517-519.

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Reddick, KLB, Smrtka, MP, Grotegut, CA, James, AH, Brancazio, LR, and Swamy, GK. "The effects of intermittent pneumatic compression during cesarean delivery on fibrinolysis." American Journal of Perinatology 31, no. 9 (January 1, 2014): 735-740.

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Swamy, GK. "Commentary on 'How often are late preterm births the result of non-evidence based practices: analysis from a retrospective cohort study at two tertiary referral centres in a nationalised healthcare system'." Bjog : an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 120, no. 12 (November 2013): 1515-null.


Pollak, KI, Lyna, P, Bilheimer, A, Farrell, D, Gao, X, Swamy, GK, and Fish, LJ. "A pilot study testing SMS text delivered scheduled gradual reduction to pregnant smokers." Nicotine & Tobacco Research 15, no. 10 (October 2013): 1773-1776.

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Cabrera, MT, O'Connell, RV, Toth, CA, Maldonado, RS, Tran-Viet, D, Allingham, MJ, Chiu, SJ, Farsiu, S, Maradiaga Panayotti, GM, Swamy, GK, and Freedman, SF. "Macular findings in healthy full-term Hispanic newborns observed by hand-held spectral-domain optical coherence tomography." Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina 44, no. 5 (September 2013): 448-454.

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Munoz, FM, Sheffield, JS, Beigi, RH, Read, JS, Swamy, GK, Jevaji, I, Rasmussen, SA, Edwards, KM, Fortner, KB, Patel, SM, Spong, CY, Ault, K, Heine, RP, and Nesin, M. "Research on vaccines during pregnancy: protocol design and assessment of safety." Vaccine 31, no. 40 (September 2013): 4274-4279.

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Sheffield, JS, Munoz, FM, Beigi, RH, Rasmussen, SA, Edwards, KM, Read, JS, Heine, RP, Ault, KA, Swamy, GK, Jevaji, I, Spong, CY, Fortner, KB, Patel, SM, and Nesin, M. "Research on vaccines during pregnancy: reference values for vital signs and laboratory assessments." Vaccine 31, no. 40 (September 2013): 4264-4273.

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