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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

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Subspecialty Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2019 - 2021
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2016 - 2021
  • 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., The University of Chicago, 2009
  • A.B., Harvard University , 2003


Zemtsov, Gregory, Carmen M. Avram, Alice Darling, Jacquelyn Dillon, Sarahn Wheeler, and Sarah K. Dotters-Katz. “Incidence and Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression among Women with Preterm Prelabor Rupture of Membranes.” In American Journal of Perinatology, 2021.

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Darling, Alice J., Hailey M. Harris, Gregory E. Zemtsov, Maria Small, Matthew R. Grace, Sarahn Wheeler, and Sarah K. Dotters-Katz. “Risk Factors for Adverse Maternal Outcomes following Expectantly Managed Preterm Prelabor Rupture of Membranes.” In American Journal of Perinatology, 2021.

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Wheeler, Sarahn M., Maya Jackson, Kelley E. C. Massengale, Khaila Ramey-Collier, Truls Østbye, Amy Corneli, Hayden B. Bosworth, and Geeta K. Swamy. “EngagINg the COmmunity to Reduce Preterm birth via Adherence To an Individualized Prematurity Prevention Plan (INCORPorATe IP3): intervention development and future pilot study design.” J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med, October 18, 2021, 1–7.

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Hynes, Jenna S., Amanda R. Schwartz, Sarahn M. Wheeler, Tracy A. Manuck, and Sarah K. Dotters-Katz. “Rates of preterm birth in multiparous women with congenital uterine anomalies.” Am J Obstet Gynecol Mfm 3, no. 5 (September 2021): 100392.

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Herkert, Darby, Sarahn M. Wheeler, Kristin Weaver, Matthew Grace, and Sarah Dotters-Katz. “The risk for recurrent preterm birth after prior preterm birth complicated by major fetal anomaly.” J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med, August 31, 2021, 1–3.

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Dotters-Katz, Sarah K., Hailey Harris, Sarahn M. Wheeler, Geeta K. Swamy, and Brenna L. Hughes. “Specialized prenatal care delivery for coronavirus disease 2019-exposed or -infected pregnant women.” Am J Obstet Gynecol 224, no. 3 (March 2021): 325–27.

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Harris, H. M., S. K. Dotters-Katz, S. Wheeler, G. K. Swamy, and B. Hughes. “Cohorting prenatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic.” In American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 223:985–985, 2020.


Wheeler, Sarahn M., Kelley E. C. Massengale, Konyin Adewumi, Thelma A. Fitzgerald, Carrie B. Dombeck, Teresa Swezey, Geeta K. Swamy, and Amy Corneli. “Pregnancy vs. paycheck: a qualitative study of patient's experience with employment during pregnancy at high risk for preterm birth.” Bmc Pregnancy Childbirth 20, no. 1 (September 25, 2020): 565.

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Markenson, Glenn R., George R. Saade, Louise C. Laurent, Kent D. Heyborne, Dean V. Coonrod, Corina N. Schoen, Jason K. Baxter, et al. “Performance of a proteomic preterm delivery predictor in a large independent prospective cohort.” Am J Obstet Gynecol Mfm 2, no. 3 (August 2020): 100140.

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Mueller, Collin W., Carlos D. Tavares, Geeta K. Swamy, Haywood L. Brown, and Sarahn M. Wheeler. “OB/GYN Providers' Knowledge of Racial and Ethnic Reproductive Health Disparities.” Journal of the National Medical Association 112, no. 3 (June 2020): 275–83.

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