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John Wilson Schmitt, MD

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 249 Baker House, DUMC 3084, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-1165

Dr. Schmitt has practiced for more than 30 years specializing in General Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Fifteen years were spent in a very busy private practice in Raleigh while the remainder has been spent in an academic practice as a member of the clinical faculty at both the University of Virginia and most recently Duke University. This clinical experience has been of tremendous value in terms of the patient care component of studies involving screening for and treating premalignant diseases of the uterine cervix, a significant part of his practice.

He is the Director of The Cervical Cancer Prevention Clinic at Duke and Vice Chair of Outreach. Over the last 6 years he has been involved in global women’s healthcare working 3 months out of the year in East Africa where resources and access to care are limited.  He also is the Medical Director of Gynecologic Services at the Durham County Health Department.  He serves a teaching consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi Tanzania.  He is also the secretary of the F. Bayard Carter Alumni Society at Duke.

Dr. Schmitt’s current interests revolve around cervical cancer prevention and improving maternal health as well as improvements in access to care and current disparities both in the US as well as in the developing world. He is also working with Biomedical Engineering at Duke developing unique ways to screen for and prevent cervical cancer in the developing world. He is involved with projects in Tanzania as well as Peru with plans to expand to Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, and India in the near future. 

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Texas San Antonio, 1983


Dr. Schmitt's research is focused on cervical cancer screening and prevention. 


Lam, CT, Mueller, J, Asma, B, Asiedu, M, Krieger, MS, Chitalia, R, Dahl, D, Taylor, P, Schmitt, JW, and Ramanujam, N. "An integrated strategy for improving contrast, durability, and portability of a Pocket Colposcope for cervical cancer screening and diagnosis." PloS one 13, no. 2 (January 2018): e0192530-.

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Mueller, JL, Asma, E, Lam, CT, Krieger, MS, Gallagher, JE, Erkanli, A, Hariprasad, R, Malliga, JS, Muasher, LC, Mchome, B, Oneko, O, Taylor, P, Venegas, G, Wanyoro, A, Mehrotra, R, Schmitt, JW, and Ramanujam, N. "International Image Concordance Study to Compare a Point-of-Care Tampon Colposcope With a Standard-of-Care Colposcope." Journal of lower genital tract disease 21, no. 2 (April 2017): 112-119.

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Asiedu, MN, Agudogo, J, Krieger, MS, Miros, R, Proeschold-Bell, RJ, Schmitt, JW, and Ramanujam, N. "Design and preliminary analysis of a vaginal inserter for speculum-free cervical cancer screening." PloS one 12, no. 5 (January 2017): e0177782-.

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Brown, H, Okeyo, S, Mabeya, H, Wilkinson, J, and Schmitt, J. "The Bakri tamponade balloon as an adjunct treatment for refractory postpartum hemorrhage." International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 135, no. 3 (December 2016): 276-280.

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Lam, CT, Krieger, MS, Gallagher, JE, Asma, B, Muasher, LC, Schmitt, JW, and Ramanujam, N. "Design of a Novel Low Cost Point of Care Tampon (POCkeT) Colposcope for Use in Resource Limited Settings." PloS one 10, no. 9 (January 2015): e0135869-.

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Livengood, CH, Schmitt, JW, Addison, WA, Wrenn, JW, and Magruder-Habib, K. "Direct fluorescent antibody testing for endocervical Chlamydia trachomatis: factors affecting accuracy." Obstet Gynecol 72, no. 5 (November 1988): 803-809.


Pan, YT, Schmitt, JW, Sanford, BA, and Elbein, AD. "Adherence of bacteria to mammalian cells: Inhibition by tunicamycin and streptovirudin." Journal of Bacteriology 139, no. 2 (1979): 507-514.


Schmitt, JW, and Elbein, AD. "Inhibition of protein synthesis also inhibits synthesis of lipid-linked oligosaccharides." Journal of Biological Chemistry 254, no. 24 (1979): 12291-12294.