Karla Damus, PhD, MSPH,

Clinical Professor
  • School of Nursing

Office: 401D
Phone: 617-373-3105
Email: k.damus@neu.edu

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Epidemiology
MSPH, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Epidemiology
MN, UCLA, Med-Surg Nursing

pre/interconception health promotion , the life course perspective, perinatal and MCH research, preventing preterm birth, late preterm birth, infant and perinatal mortality, epidemiological methods, high risk inner city populations, health care and health care outcomes disparities, quality improvement, genomics 

Public Service:
National Select Expert Panel Preconception Health, CDC, Atlanta, GA

Nurse Advisory Council, National March of Dimes, White Plains, New York

National Advisory Committee, Virtual Patient Advocate Program, Boston Medical Center, MA.

Advisory Committee, Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cardiogenetics: Ethical & Social Implications of Genetic Testing in the Case of Unexpected Deaths, Bronx, NY

Scientific Advisory Committee, Day before Birth Foundation, MA

Health Care Systems and Professional Role Development, Epidemiology and Population Health, Healthcare Research, Urban Health Research Methods

Selected Publications:

Ashton, D., Collins, J.W., Damus, K., Cox, R. (2010) Quality Improvement Opportunities to Promote Equity in Perinatal Health Outcomes. In Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III, March of Dimes, White Plains, NY.

Atrash, H., Jack, B.W., Johnson, K., Coonrod, D.V., Moos, M.K., Stubblefield, P.G., Cefalo, R., Damus, K., Reddy, U.M.  (2008). Where is the "W"oman in MCH? Am J Obstet Gynecol,199(6 Suppl 2):S259-65.

Damus, K. (2008).Prevention of preterm birth: a renewed national priority.Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol,20(6):590-6.

Bettegowda, V.R., Dias, T., Davidoff, M.J., Damus, K., Callaghan, W.M., Petrini, J.R.  (2008). The relationship between cesarean delivery and gestational age among US singleton births.  Clinics in Perinatology, 35:309–23.

Russell, R.B., Green, N.S., Steiner, C., Miekle, S., Howse, J.L., Poschman, K., Dias, T., Potetz, L., Davidoff, M.J., Damus, K., Petrini, J.R. (2007). Cost of hospitalization for premature and low birthweight infants in the U.S. Pediatrics, 120(1);e1-e9.

Dolan, S., Biermann, J., Damus, K. (2007). Genomics for health in preconception and prenatal periods.   J Nurs Scholarsh, 39(1):4-9.

Ness, A., Dias, T., Damus, K., Burd, I., Berghella, V. (2006). Impact of the recent randomized trials on the use of progesterone to prevent preterm birth: A 2005 follow-up survey. Am J Obstet Gynecol,195(4):1174-9.

Williams, J.L., Abelman, S.M., Fassett, E.M., Stone, C.E., Petrini, J.R., Damus, K., Mulinare, J. (2006). Health care provider knowledge and practices regarding folic acid, United States, 2002–2003.  Matern Child Health J, 10(5 Suppl):S67-72.

Davidoff, M.J., Dias, T., Damus, K., Russell, R., Bettegowda, V.R., Dolan, S., Schwarz, R.H., Green, N.S., Petrini, J.(2006). Changes in the gestational age distribution among U.S. singleton births: Impact on rates of late preterm birth, 1992 to 2002. Semin Perinatol, 30(1):8-15.

Green, N.S., Damus, K., Simpson, J.L., Iams, J., Reece, E.A., Hobel, C.J., Merkatz, I.R., Greene, M.F., Schwarz, R.H., and the March of Dimes Scientific Advisory Committee on Prematurity. (2005). Research agenda for preterm birth: Recommendations from the March of Dimes. Am J Obstet Gynecol,193(3 Pt 1):26-35.

Petrini, J.R., Callaghan, W.R., Klebanoff, M., Green, N.S., Lackritz, E.M., Howse, J.L., Schwarz, R., Damus, K. (2005).  Estimated effect of 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate on preterm birth in the United States. Obstet Gynecol, 105(2):261-72.

Church-Balin,C., Damus, K.  Preventing prematurity.  (2003). AWHONN Lifelines, 7(2):97-101.

Russell, R.B., Petrini, J., Damus, K., Mattison, D.R., Schwarz, R.H. (2003). The changing epidemiology of multiple births in the United States. Obstet Gynecol, 101(1):129-35.


Dr. Karla Damus is a nurse and a perinatal epidemiologist who is nationally recognized for her research and continuing education activities in perinatal health, especially in the prevention of preterm birth.  Her research interests also include pre/interconception risk assessment and health promotion, infant and perinatal mortality, promoting equity and eliminating disparities in health outcomes, and enhancing health care and outcomes through a life course perspective, health literacy, genomics, health policy, and quality improvement.  

Dr. Damus is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a member of the National March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council and the CDC Select Panel on Preconception Health and Health Care, a member of its Clinical Workgroup, and a board member for the Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC) and the National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC).  She designed and directed community-based programs to improve perinatal and adolescent health in the Bronx while a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics &Gynecology and Women’s Health for two decades. She was also the Senior Research Associate at the National March of Dimes for more than a decade and was the Director and a Principal Investigator for the 2007-9 national model program, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, which she designed to reduce late preterm births in Kentucky.  Dr. Damus was the 2006 National Perinatal Association recipient of the Individual Impact on MCH Award.