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Geeta Krishna Swamy, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: Box 3967 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 681-5220

Dr. Geeta Swamy, MD, became Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Development in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on March 1, 2018. In this dual role, Dr. Swamy oversees strategic development and administration of the Department’s basic, translational and clinical research programs, as well as implements and oversees programs to support development and mentorship for all faculty at all levels.

Dr. Swamy has dedicated her career to advancing research in women’s health and to mentoring faculty and trainees. She is an internationally recognized clinician-researcher, and an expert and nationally-recognized leader in the field of maternal immunization and vaccination in pregnancy. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. She currently serves as the Co-Principal Investigator for the NIH-NIAID Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation (VTEU) and CDC-funded Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Swamy has been the Director of the Duke Perinatal Research Center since 2010.

Dr. Swamy has also been instrumental in developing and leading the School of Medicine’s Research Regulatory and Compliance initiatives, first as Chair of the IRB and then as Associate Dean for Clinical Research for Regulatory Oversight and Research Initiatives. This past fall, she was promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Swamy's focused area of interests are perinatal infection, maternal immunization and preterm birth.

Education and Training

  • Resident, Obstetrics And Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh, 1997 - 2001
  • M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997


Edwards, JM, Edwards, LE, Swamy, GK, and Grotegut, CA. "Magnesium sulfate for neuroprotection in the setting of chorioamnionitis. (Accepted)" The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 31, no. 9 (May 2018): 1156-1160.

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Coop Gordon, K, Roberson, PNE, Hughes, JA, Khaddouma, AM, Swamy, GK, Noonan, D, Gonzalez, AM, Fish, L, and Pollak, KI. "The Effects of a Couples-Based Health Behavior Intervention During Pregnancy on Latino Couples' Dyadic Satisfaction Postpartum." Family process (March 30, 2018).

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Wheeler, S, Maxson, P, Truong, T, and Swamy, G. "Psychosocial Stress and Preterm Birth: The Impact of Parity and Race." Maternal and child health journal (March 29, 2018).

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Edwards, JM, Edwards, LE, Swamy, GK, and Grotegut, CA. "Effect of Cord Blood Magnesium Level at Birth on Non-neurologic Neonatal Outcomes." February 12, 2018.

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Baldwin, MA, Swamy, GK, and Wheeler, SM. "Pregnant Women's Knowledge and Beliefs about the Safety and Outcomes of Delivery at Various Gestational Ages." AJP reports 8, no. 1 (January 19, 2018): e7-e12.

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Wood, AM, Post, AL, Swamy, GK, and Grotegut, CA. "Neonatal Outcomes Associated with Noncephalic Presentation at Delivery in Preterm Birth." American journal of perinatology (January 8, 2018).

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Fouda, GG, Martinez, DR, Swamy, GK, and Permar, SR. "The Impact of IgG transplacental transfer on early life immunity." ImmunoHorizons 2, no. 1 (January 2018): 14-25.

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Edwards, JM, Wynn, C, Watson, N, Focht, C, Todd, CA, Walter, EB, Heine, RP, and Swamy, GK. "Group B streptococcus (GBS) colonization and disease among pregnant women: a historical cohort study." December 2017.


Bolton, JL, Wiley, MG, Ryan, B, Truong, S, Strait, M, Baker, DC, Yang, NY, Ilkayeva, O, O'Connell, TM, Wroth, SW, Sánchez, CL, Swamy, G, Newgard, C, Kuhn, C, Bilbo, SD, and Simmons, LA. "Perinatal western-type diet and associated gestational weight gain alter postpartum maternal mood." Brain and behavior 7, no. 10 (October 2017): e00828-.

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Lantos, PM, Hoffman, K, Permar, SR, Jackson, P, Hughes, BL, and Swamy, GK. "Geographic Disparities in Cytomegalovirus Infection During Pregnancy." Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 6, no. 3 (September 2017): e55-e61.

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