John Schmitt

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Global Health

I have been a practicing physician for more than 30 years specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Fifteen of those years were spent in a very busy private practice, the rest in an academic practice at both the University of Virginia and most recently Duke University.

My clinical interest lies with the screening for and treating premalignant diseases of the uterine cervix, the vulva, and the vagina. In this regard I direct The Cervical Cancer Prevention Clinic at Duke and have lectured all over North Carolina, Virginia, Tanzania, and Saudi Arabia on HPV biology and cervical cancer screening. I am currently working with Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam in Biomedical Engineering looking at unique ways to screen for and prevent cervical cancer in the developing world. In this regard we have working projects in Tanzania as well as Peru with plans to expand to Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, and India in the near future. I also serve as a teaching consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi Tanzania about 3 months per year.