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Genetic Counselors - Their Important Role in Ob/Gyn

November 10, 2022 recognizes Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, which is sponsored by the National Society of Genetic Counselors ( Genetic Counselor Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness and utilization of genetic counselors in communities and institutions. The goal of the NSGC is to help consumers understand the importance of the supportive roles of genetic counselors in healthcare.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Sarahn Wheeler, MD, Focuses Research on Reducing Burden of Preterm Birth for Black Women

Spotlight: Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute KL2 Scholar Sarahn Wheeler, MD 

In partnership with Diaper Bank of North Carolina, KL2 Scholar Dr. Sarahn Wheeler has been researching barriers to preterm birth preventive care in Black women. The ultimate goal of this research project is to help reduce the burden of preterm birth for Black women.

Profiles in Research - Megan Huchko, MD

Megan Huchko, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, describes her experience and motivation that led her to a career as an implementation scientist, what led her to conduct research in East Africa and the effectiveness of cervical cancer prevention. 

How did you originally get interested in global health?

Working Toward Prevention of Preterm Birth by MFM Specialist Jennifer Gilner, MD, PhD

Jennifer Gilner, MD, PhD , Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, describes the experiences and motivations that led her to a career as a physician-scientist in high risk obstetrics, and current challenges she is leveraging Departmental and SOM resources to address. She serves as Medical Director of the Duke University Hospital Birthing Center.

Describe your path to becoming a physician-scientist in obstetrics.

Learn More About Reproductive Sciences with Susan Murphy, PhD

Susan K. Murphy, PhD , Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Sciences, describes how she became involved in this area of research and her most surprising discoveries to date.

What kind of research are you engaged in?

The Role of the Urogynecology APP

Duke urogynecologists evaluate and treat women with the full spectrum of conditions related to the bladder and reproductive organs. Patients are seen by both urogynecologists and Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) to find the best treatment plans for patients. The team works together as a whole to provide a spectrum of care.

Learn more about urogynecology APP Cassandra Shaw, MSN, WHNP-BC
    Nurse Practitioner – Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Duke Urogynecology – Durham, NC