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Sarahn M Wheeler, MD

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 2608 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-5462

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. in her clinical role, Dr. Wheeler is the director of Duke's Prematurity Prevention Program, a specialty clinic that is geared for women with risk factors for preterm birth.  In her research role, 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 research to develop interventions to improve utilization of preterm birth prevention therapies.

Dr. Wheeler also serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the OB/GYN department.  In this role she leads efforts to ensure an inclusive environment for the diverse patients, faculty, staff and trainees within Duke OB/GYN.

Education and Training

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2016 - 2018
  • Fellow - Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obgyn Division Of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 2013 - 2016
  • ResidencyTraining Program, Obstetrics And Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009 - 2013
  • M.D., University of Chicago, 2009
  • A.B., Harvard University, 2003

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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