In recent years, the Women’s Anesthesiology Division’s research activity has focused on improving pain relief and safety for these high-risk patients. In addition to their own work, members of this division collaborate on projects with fellows, residents and medical students. Click on each division faculty’s name to learn more about their work at Scholars@Duke.

Division Chief Ashraf Habib, MBBCh, MHSc, FRCA, leads the clinical research in the division, focusing on optimizing hemodynamic management during Cesarean delivery and improving outcomes such as pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting. Dr. Habib is nationally and internationally recognized for his work, and has held a number of national leadership positions and authored national guidelines.

Terrence Allen, MB BS, FRCA, is studying mechanisms involved in preterm labor such as premature rupture of membranes and optimizing management of massive obstetric hemorrhage. Allen also serves as a consultant on the North Carolina Maternal Mortality Review Committee.

Jennifer Dominguez, MD, MHS, is investigating obstructive sleep apnea in pregnant women and aims to improve identification and treatment of this condition in the parturient. She is nationally recognized as a leader in this area and is currently the chair of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine’s Obstetrics Committee.

Mary Yurashevich, MD, is the recent recipient of Duke Anesthesiology’s DREAM Innovation Grant and is studying the potential markers of postpartum depression and postoperative pain in the cerebrospinal fluid of women undergoing Cesearan delivery.

Marie-Louise Meng, MD, is fellowship-trained in both obstetric anesthesia and cardiothoracic anesthesia and focuses her research on cardiac disease in pregnant women.

View the Department’s Grant Awards