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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

Balu, RB, Savitz, DA, Ananth, CV, Hartmann, KE, Miller, WC, Thorp, JM, and Heine, RP. "Bacterial vaginosis, vaginal fluid neutrophil defensins, and preterm birth." Obstet Gynecol 101, no. 5 Pt 1 (May 2003): 862-868.

Scholars@Duke

Heine, RP, Ness, RB, and Roberts, JM. "Seroprevalence of antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae in women with preeclampsia." Obstet Gynecol 101, no. 2 (February 2003): 221-226.

Scholars@Duke

Balu, RB, Savitz, DA, Ananth, CV, Hartmann, KE, Miller, WC, Thorp, JM, and Heine, RP. "Bacterial vaginosis, vaginal fluid neutrophil defensins, and preterm birth." Obstetrics and Gynecology 101, no. 5 (2003): 862-868.

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Balu, RB, Savitz, DA, Ananth, CV, Hartmann, KE, Miller, WC, Thorp, JM, and Heine, RP. "Bacterial vaginosis and vaginal fluid defensins during pregnancy." Am J Obstet Gynecol 187, no. 5 (November 2002): 1267-1271.

Scholars@Duke

Berghella, V, Klebanoff, M, McPherson, C, Carey, JC, Hauth, JC, Ernest, JM, Heine, RP, Wapner, RJ, Trout, W, Moawad, A, Leveno, KJ, Miodovnik, M, Sibai, BM, Van Dorsten, JP, Dombrowski, MP, O'Sullivan, MJ, Varner, M, Langer, O, and National Institute for Child Health and Development Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network, . "Sexual intercourse association with asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis and Trichomonas vaginalis treatment in relationship to preterm birth." Am J Obstet Gynecol 187, no. 5 (November 2002): 1277-1282.

Scholars@Duke

Wiesenfeld, HC, Heine, RP, Krohn, MA, Hillier, SL, Amortegui, AA, Nicolazzo, M, and Sweet, RL. "Association between elevated neutrophil defensin levels and endometritis." J Infect Dis 186, no. 6 (September 15, 2002): 792-797.

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Wiesenfeld, HC, Hillier, SL, Krohn, MA, Amortegui, AJ, Heine, RP, Landers, DV, and Sweet, RL. "Lower genital tract infection and endometritis: insight into subclinical pelvic inflammatory disease." Obstet Gynecol 100, no. 3 (September 2002): 456-463.

Scholars@Duke

Thomas, NJ, Carcillo, JA, Doughty, LA, Sasser, H, and Heine, RP. "Plasma concentrations of defensins and lactoferrin in children with severe sepsis." Pediatr Infect Dis J 21, no. 1 (January 2002): 34-38.

Scholars@Duke

Klebanoff, MA, Carey, JC, Hauth, JC, Hillier, SL, Nugent, RP, Thom, EA, Ernest, JM, Heine, RP, Wapner, RJ, Trout, W, Moawad, A, Leveno, KJ, Miodovnik, M, Sibai, BM, Van Dorsten, JP, Dombrowski, MP, O'Sullivan, MJ, Varner, M, Langer, O, McNellis, D, Roberts, JM, and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Network of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units, . "Failure of metronidazole to prevent preterm delivery among pregnant women with asymptomatic Trichomonas vaginalis infection." N Engl J Med 345, no. 7 (August 16, 2001): 487-493.

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Wiesenfeld, HC, Lowry, DL, Heine, RP, Krohn, MA, Bittner, H, Kellinger, K, Shultz, M, and Sweet, RL. "Self-collection of vaginal swabs for the detection of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis: opportunity to encourage sexually transmitted disease testing among adolescents." Sex Transm Dis 28, no. 6 (June 2001): 321-325.

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