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Amy P. Murtha


Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Preterm birth researcher and volleyball mom

Dr. Amy Murtha is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine, which focuses on managing the health concerns of mothers and fetuses before, during and for a short period after pregnancy. She has a special interest in caring for women who have high-risk pregnancies and may need prenatal diagnoses, fetal interventions or intrauterine transfusions (providing blood to the fetus). She chairs the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

One of Murtha's primary goals is preventing premature births. She is particularly interested in caring for women who experience medical complications during pregnancy or who are at risk for preterm birth.

Murtha's research focuses on identifying the best ways to diagnose and care for patients at risk for preterm birth, particularly for pregnancies complicated by the premature rupture of the fetal membranes. By understanding the causes for this condition, she hopes to determine strategies for prevention and early detection.

After earning her medical degree from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, which is now Drexel University College of Medicine, Murtha completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, where she also completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine. Honored with numerous awards upon graduating from medical school, she went on to receive awards recognizing her research accomplishments and publications during her fellowship at Duke.

Murtha is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Society for Reproductive Investigations; Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society; Preterm Birth International Collaborative; and Perinatal Research Society.

  • Education

    Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1992

  • Residencies

    Duke University, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996

  • Fellowships

    Duke University, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 1998

  • Board Certifications

    Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Academic Title