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Amy P. Murtha

Amy P. Murtha Amy P. Murtha
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS), USA


Dr. Amy Murtha is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After graduating from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1992 she completed her residency in Ob-Gyn and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Duke University then joined the faculty at Duke in 1998. Dr. Murtha served as interim Chair for the Ob-Gyn department and is currently the Vice Chair for Research, Clinical Research Unit (CRU) Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Program Director for the NIH-funded K12 training grant Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women?s Health (BIRCWH). As a leader in research administration, Dr. Murtha has created an environment for the oversight of research in a way that is beneficial to the entire enterprise. Dr. Murtha?s research career has focused primarily on preterm delivery and specifically on preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). As a clinician scientist, she has the unique perspective of understanding the clinical implications of both basic and laboratory research. The Perinatal Research Initiative, led by Dr. Murtha and funded through philanthropic dollars, has allowed for growth in the size and scope of her lab. In addition to advancing the understanding of the etiology of preterm birth she has also focused on training the next generation of physician scientists in translational and molecular biology techniques with over 80 publications. Dr. Murtha uses her experiences and leadership skills to create an environment of supportive, collaborative, financially responsible research at Duke that aligns with the missions of the School of Medicine and the Duke University Health System.

Research Interest

Prematurity, Premature rupture of the membranes, Infection in pregnancy.