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Sarahn M Wheeler, MD

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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. 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 studies examining the vaginal and cervical microbiome and preterm birth along with studies examining the impact of psychosocial stress on race disparities in preterm birth.

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Chicago, 2009

Selected Grants and Awards


Wheeler, SM, and Bryant, AS. "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care." Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America 44, no. 1 (March 2017): 1-11. (Review)

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Wheeler, SM, Dotters-Katz, S, Heine, RP, Grotegut, CA, and Swamy, GK. "Maternal Effects of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection during Pregnancy." Emerging infectious diseases 21, no. 11 (November 2015): 1951-1955.

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Swamy, GK, and Wheeler, SM. "Neonatal pertussis, cocooning and maternal immunization." Expert review of vaccines 13, no. 9 (September 2014): 1107-1114. (Review)

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Wheeler, SM, Russo, M, Wilson-Murphy, M, and Shen, W. "Gynecologic and surgical complications in type IV Ehlers-Danlos syndrome." Obstetrics and gynecology 123, no. 2 Pt 2 Suppl 2 (February 2014): 431-433.

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