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Robert Phillips Heine, MD

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 2608 Erwin Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 668-0843
Email: heine010@mc.duke.edu

Dr. R. Phillips Heine is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He currently serves as the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Vice Chair for Administration Affairs, and Medical Director for the Women’s Clinical Services Unit (CSU) in the Duke University Health System.

Dr. Heine completed his clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina during which time he developed an academic interest regarding infection and its role in women’s reproductive health and specifically adverse pregnancy outcome. He subsequently completed a Sexually Transmitted Diseases research fellowship in the laboratories of Fred Sparling and Priscilla Wyrick at the University of North Carolina and went on to complete a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado. After fellowship Dr. Heine became a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and an investigator at the Magee Women’s Research Institute. During this time he served as Resident Research Coordinator and Associate MFM fellowship director prior to his move to Duke University.

His current clinical and research interests focus on the role of infection and inflammation in preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. He also has a specific interest in the use of immunizations in pregnancy for both the prevention of disease in the mother and the newborn. 

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991 - 1993
  • Fellow, Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, 1990 - 1991
  • Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, 1986 - 1990
  • M.D., Texas Tech University of Health Science Nursing, 1986
Vice Chair Discipline: 
Obstetrics

Publications

Mills, AA, Yonish, B, Feng, L, Schomberg, DW, Heine, RP, and Murtha, AP. "Characterization of progesterone receptor isoform expression in fetal membranes." Am J Obstet Gynecol 195, no. 4 (October 2006): 998-1003.

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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.

Scholars@Duke

Sutkin, G, Krohn, MA, Heine, RP, and Sweet, RL. "Antibiotic prophylaxis and non-group B streptococcal neonatal sepsis." Obstet Gynecol 105, no. 3 (March 2005): 581-586.

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Simhan, H, Krohn, M, and Heine, RP. "Obstetric rectal injury: risk factors and the role of physician experience." J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 16, no. 5 (November 2004): 271-274.

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Landers, DV, Wiesenfeld, HC, Heine, RP, Krohn, MA, and Hillier, SL. "Predictive value of the clinical diagnosis of lower genital tract infection in women." Am J Obstet Gynecol 190, no. 4 (April 2004): 1004-1010.

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Klebanoff, MA, Hauth, JC, MacPherson, CA, Carey, JC, Heine, RP, Wapner, RJ, Iams, JD, Moawad, A, Miodovnik, M, Sibai, BM, vanDorsten, JP, Dombrowski, MP, and National Institute for Child Health and Development Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network, . "Time course of the regression of asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy with and without treatment." Am J Obstet Gynecol 190, no. 2 (February 2004): 363-370.

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Weisenfeld, HC, and Heine, RP. "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease." In Surgical Decision Making: Fifth Edition, 466-467. January 1, 2004.

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Brancazio, LR, Murtha, AP, and Heine, RP. "Prevention of recurrent preterm delivery by 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate." N Engl J Med 349, no. 11 (September 11, 2003): 1087-1088. (Letter)

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Grable, IA, and Heine, RP. "Neutrophil granule products: can they identify subclinical chorioamnionitis in patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes?." Am J Obstet Gynecol 189, no. 3 (September 2003): 808-812.

Scholars@Duke

Teran, E, Escudero, C, and Calle, A. "Seroprevalence of antibodies to chlamydia pneumoniae in women with preeclampsia." Obstetrics and gynecology 102, no. 1 (July 2003): 198-199. (Letter)

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