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Sarahn M Wheeler, MD

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 2608 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-5462

Dr. Sarahn M. Wheeler is a practicing maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Wheeler was born and raised in Mt. Laurel, NJ. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She completed medical school at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Wheeler went on to residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Wheeler completed her maternal-fetal medicine sup-specialty training at Duke University in June of 2016.

Dr. Wheeler currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Duke University School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Wheeler is both a practicing clinician and research faculty. in her clinical role, Dr. Wheeler is the director of Duke's Prematurity Prevention Program, a specialty clinic that is geared for women with risk factors for preterm birth.  In her research role, Dr. Wheeler has published several peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from fetal brain injury to vaccination during pregnancy. Dr. Wheeler’s current research focus is on race disparities in preterm birth. She is actively involved in research to develop interventions to improve utilization of preterm birth prevention therapies.

Dr. Wheeler also serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the OB/GYN department.  In this role she leads efforts to ensure an inclusive environment for the diverse patients, faculty, staff and trainees within Duke OB/GYN.

Education and Training

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2016 - 2018
  • Fellow - Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obgyn Division Of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 2013 - 2016
  • ResidencyTraining Program, Obstetrics And Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009 - 2013
  • M.D., University of Chicago, 2009
  • A.B., Harvard University , 2003

Selected Grants and Awards


Wheeler, Sarahn, Anna DeNoble, Clara Wynn, Kristin Weaver, Geeta Swamy, Mark Janko, and Paul Lantos. “Beyond the Window: Patient Characteristics and Geographic Locations Associated with Late Prenatal Care in Women Eligible for 17-P Preterm Birth Prevention..” J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 6, no. 3 (June 2019): 563–69.

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Wheeler, Sarahn, Pamela Maxson, Tracy Truong, and Geeta Swamy. “Psychosocial Stress and Preterm Birth: The Impact of Parity and Race..” Matern Child Health J 22, no. 10 (October 2018): 1430–35.

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Wheeler, Sarahn, Tracy Truong, and Haywood L. Brown. “Provider Comfort With Teaching Patients and Learns about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Ob/Gyn Outcomes [8I].” In Obstetrics & Gynecology, 131:99S-99S. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health), 2018.

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Wheeler, Sarahn M., Anna DeNoble, Geeta Swamy, Kristin Weaver, Clara Wynn, and Paul Lantos. “Beyond the window: Determining a geographical target for interventions to decrease late initiation of prenatal care in 17-P eligible pregnant women.” In American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 218:S565–66. MOSBY-ELSEVIER, 2018.


Baldwin, Melody A., Geeta K. Swamy, and Sarahn M. Wheeler. “Pregnant Women's Knowledge and Beliefs about the Safety and Outcomes of Delivery at Various Gestational Ages..” Ajp Rep 8, no. 1 (January 2018): e7–12.

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Wheeler, Sarahn, Katherine Pryor, Brian Antczak, Tracy Truong, Amy Murtha, and Patrick Seed. “The relationship of cervical microbiota diversity with race and disparities in preterm birth..” J Neonatal Perinatal Med 11, no. 3 (2018): 305–10.

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Wheeler, Sarahn M., Katherine Pryor, Brian Antczak, Tracy Truong, Yi-Ju Li, Amy Murtha, and Patrick Seed. “Race and cervical microbiome diversity.” In American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 216:S180–S180. MOSBY-ELSEVIER, 2017.


Wheeler, Sarahn, Richard Sloane, Haywood L. Brown, R Phillips Heine, and Amy Murtha. “Attitude Toward Research and Patient Provider Choice in the Academic Institution.” In Obstetrics & Gynecology, 127:101S-102S. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health), 2016.

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