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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

Dotters-Katz, SK, Grotegut, CA, and Heine, RP. "The effects of anemia on pregnancy outcome in patients with pyelonephritis." Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2013 (January 2013): 780960-null.

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Smrtka, MP, Gunatilake, R, Miller, MJ, Heine, RP, and Brown, HL. "Improving the management of an advanced extrauterine pregnancy using pelvic arteriography in a hybrid operating suite." AJP Rep 2, no. 1 (November 2012): 63-66.

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Fortner, KB, Fitzpatrick, CB, Grotegut, CA, Swamy, GK, Murtha, AP, Heine, RP, and Brown, HL. "Cervical dilation as a predictor of pregnancy outcome following emergency cerclage." The Journal of Maternal Fetal & Neonatal Medicine : the Official Journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 25, no. 10 (October 2012): 1884-1888.

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Canzoneri, BJ, Grotegut, CA, Swamy, GK, Brancazio, LR, Sinclair, T, Heine, PR, and Murtha, AP. "Maternal serum interleukin-6 levels predict impending funisitis in preterm premature rupture of membranes after completion of antibiotics." The Journal of Maternal Fetal & Neonatal Medicine : the Official Journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 25, no. 8 (August 2012): 1329-1332.

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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." The Journal of Maternal Fetal & Neonatal Medicine : the Official Journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 25, no. 7 (July 2012): 1006-1010.

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Beiswenger, TR, Feng, L, Brown, HL, Heine, RP, Murtha, AP, and Grotegut, CA. "The effect of cigarette smoke extract on trophoblast cell viability and migration: the role of adrenomedullin." Reprod Sci 19, no. 5 (May 2012): 526-533.

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Gunatilake, R, and Heine, RP. "Trichomonas Vaginalis." In Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 64-71. April 11, 2012.

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Gunatilake, R, Yeh, J, Feng, L, Jayes, F, Leppert, P, Heine, RP, Murtha, A, and Grotegut, C. "An Elevated Leptin Obese Mouse Model Demonstrates Uterine Fibrosis and Decreased Uterine Contractility in Response to Oxytocin." REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES 19, no. S3 (March 1, 2012): 195A-196A.

Scholars@Duke

Gunatilake, R, Yeh, J, Feng, L, Jayes, F, Leppert, P, Heine, RP, Murtha, A, and Grotegut, C. "An Elevated Leptin Obese Mouse Model Demonstrates Uterine Fibrosis and Decreased Uterine Contractility in Response to Oxytocin." REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES 19, no. S3 (March 1, 2012): 195A-196A.

Scholars@Duke

Ault, KA, Heine, RP, and Riley, LE. "Programmatic and research priorities for improving influenza immunization of pregnant women." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 207, no. 3 SUPPL. (2012): S75-S77.

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