Sarah Catherine Ellestad

Sarah Catherine Ellestad

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The focus of my career has centered on prenatal diagnosis, ultrasound imaging and ultrasound guided procedures.  As an active member of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine I participate in clinical research efforts through recruitment of patients to trials within the division and in coordination with the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  I am also the Program Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Pavilion East At Lakeview, 2608 Erwin Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27705
  • Office Phone: +1 919 681 5220
  • Email Address:


  • Duke University, 2006
  • Baystate Medical Center, 2003
  • M.D. State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1999

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Caregiver of the Week. Department of Ob/Gyn. 2024

Representative Publications

  • Cragun, JM; Ellestad, SC; Panni, MK, Amniotic fluid embolism presenting after uterine manipulation under general anesthesia: a case with a positive outcome., Resuscitation, vol 77 no. 1 (2008), pp. 145-146 [10.1016/j.resuscitation.2007.11.011] [abs].
  • Ellestad, SC; Swamy, GK; Sinclair, T; James, AH; Heine, RP; Murtha, AP, Preterm premature rupture of membrane management--inpatient versus outpatient: a retrospective review., Am J Perinatol, vol 25 no. 1 (2008), pp. 69-73 [10.1055/s-2007-1004830] [abs].
  • Ellestad, SC; Zimmerman, SA; Thornburg, C; Mitchell, TE; Swamy, GK; James, AH, Severe factor V deficiency presenting with intracranial haemorrhage during gestation., Haemophilia, vol 13 no. 4 (2007), pp. 432-434 [10.1111/j.1365-2516.2007.01469.x] [abs].
  • Ellestad, SC; Wells, SR; Kuller, JA, First trimester screening., Gynecol Obstet Invest, vol 60 no. 1 (2005), pp. 58-62 [10.1159/000083485] [abs].
  • Ellestad, SC; Shelton, S; James, AH, Prenatal diagnosis of a trauma-related fetal epidural hematoma., Obstet Gynecol, vol 104 no. 6 (2004), pp. 1298-1300 [10.1097/01.AOG.0000141568.66660.0f] [abs].