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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


Fitzpatrick, CB, Grotegut, CA, Bishop, TS, Canzoneri, BJ, Heine, RP, and Swamy, GK. "Cervical ripening with foley balloon plus fixed versus incremental low-dose oxytocin: a randomized controlled trial." J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 25, no. 7 (July 2012): 1006-1010.

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Swamy, GK, Edwards, S, Gelfand, A, James, SA, and Miranda, ML. "Maternal age, birth order, and race: differential effects on birthweight." J Epidemiol Community Health 66, no. 2 (February 2012): 136-142.

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Østbye, T, Peterson, BL, Krause, KM, Swamy, GK, and Lovelady, CA. "Predictors of postpartum weight change among overweight and obese women: results from the Active Mothers Postpartum study." J Womens Health (Larchmt) 21, no. 2 (February 2012): 215-222.

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Cabrera, MT, Maldonado, RS, Toth, CA, O'Connell, RV, Chen, BB, Chiu, SJ, Farsiu, S, Wallace, DK, Stinnett, SS, Panayotti, GMM, Swamy, GK, and Freedman, SF. "Subfoveal fluid in healthy full-term newborns observed by handheld spectral-domain optical coherence tomography." Am J Ophthalmol 153, no. 1 (January 2012): 167-75.e3.

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Lyerly, AD, Namey, EE, Gray, B, Swamy, G, and Faden, RR. "Women's views about participating in research while pregnant." IRB Ethics and Human Research 34, no. 4 (2012): 1-8.


Cowchock, FS, Ellestad, SE, Meador, KG, Koenig, HG, Hooten, EG, and Swamy, GK. "Religiosity is an important part of coping with grief in pregnancy after a traumatic second trimester loss." J Relig Health 50, no. 4 (December 2011): 901-910.

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Neelon, B, Swamy, GK, Burgette, LF, and Miranda, ML. "A Bayesian growth mixture model to examine maternal hypertension and birth outcomes." Stat Med 30, no. 22 (September 30, 2011): 2721-2735.

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Jackson, LA, Patel, SM, Swamy, GK, Frey, SE, Creech, CB, Munoz, FM, Artal, R, Keitel, WA, Noah, DL, Petrie, CR, Wolff, M, and Edwards, KM. "Immunogenicity of an inactivated monovalent 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in pregnant women." J Infect Dis 204, no. 6 (September 15, 2011): 854-863.

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Reddick, KLB, Jhaveri, R, Gandhi, M, James, AH, and Swamy, GK. "Pregnancy outcomes associated with viral hepatitis." J Viral Hepat 18, no. 7 (July 2011): e394-e398.

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Myers, ER, Misurski, DA, and Swamy, GK. "Influence of timing of seasonal influenza vaccination on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in pregnancy." Am J Obstet Gynecol 204, no. 6 Suppl 1 (June 2011): S128-S140. (Review)

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