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William Ward Hurd, MD

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Email: william.hurd@duke.edu

Dr. William W. Hurd is Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University Medical Center, and Clinical Director of the Duke Fertility Center.  His practice encompasses both reproductive endocrinology and general gynecology, with special emphasis on reproductive surgery, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, leiomyomas and recurrent pregnancy loss.

Dr. Hurd has been actively involved in basic, clinical and translational research throughout his academic career.  For more than two decades, he maintained a funded laboratory and is a recognized expert in the physiology and molecular biology of uterine smooth muscle and leiomyomas. His primary clinical research focus is gynecologic surgical anatomy, techniques and safety and infertility practice.  

He has also been involved in a number of clinical trials examining hormonal therapy. He has authored over 200 articles and chapters, and is the co-editor with Dr. Tommaso Falcone of the textbook entitled Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, 2nd addition, published by Springer. Since 2013, he has been Associate Editor for Gynecology for Obstetrics & Gynecology, the official journal of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.   

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1979

Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, general and subspecialty in REI

Research

Dr. Hurd has been actively involved in basic, clinical and translational research throughout his academic career.  For more than two decades, he maintained a funded laboratory and is a recognized expert in the physiology and molecular biology of uterine smooth muscle and leiomyomas. His primary clinical research focus is gynecologic surgical anatomy, techniques and safety and infertility practice. 

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Publications

Mena, KD, Mota, LC, Meckes, MC, Green, CF, Hurd, WW, and Gibbs, SG. "Quantitative microbial risk assessment of a drinking water – wastewater cross-connection simulation." Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science 7, no. 5 (September 2008): 525-530.

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Hurd, WW. "Rectovaginal examinations and human papillomavirus: can we decrease the risk of colorectal infection?." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 198, no. 3 (March 2008): 260.e1-260.e2. (Review)

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Hurd, WW, Gibbs, SG, and Rudinsky, KA. "Differential regulation of myometrial prostaglandin production by changes in length." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 198, no. 2 (February 2008): 225.e1-225.e4.

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Whitfield, RR, Stills, HF, Huls, HR, Crouch, JM, and Hurd, WW. "Effects of peritoneal closure and suture material on adhesion formation in a rabbit model." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 197, no. 6 (December 2007): 644.e1-644.e5.

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Barnett, JC, Hurd, WW, Rogers, RM, Williams, NL, and Shapiro, SA. "Laparoscopic positioning and nerve injuries." Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 14, no. 5 (September 2007): 663-663.

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Barnett, JC, Hurd, WW, Rogers, RM, Williams, NL, and Shapiro, SA. "Laparoscopic positioning and nerve injuries." Journal of minimally invasive gynecology 14, no. 5 (September 2007): 664-673. (Review)

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Hurd, WW. "Challenges to our understanding of endometriosis pain." Journal of minimally invasive gynecology 13, no. 6 (November 2006): 576-577.

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Hurd, WW, Montminy, RJ, De Lorenzo, RA, Burd, LT, Goldman, BS, and Loftus, TJ. "Physician roles in aeromedical evacuation: current practices in USAF operations." Aviation, space, and environmental medicine 77, no. 6 (June 2006): 631-638. (Review)

Scholars@Duke

Fomin, VP, Gibbs, SG, Vanam, R, Morimiya, A, and Hurd, WW. "Effect of magnesium sulfate on contractile force and intracellular calcium concentration in pregnant human myometrium." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 194, no. 5 (May 2006): 1384-1390.

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Hurd, WW, Gibbs, SG, Ventolini, G, Horowitz, GM, and Guy, SR. "Shortening increases spontaneous contractility in myometrium from pregnant women at term." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 192, no. 4 (April 2005): 1295-1301.

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