L. Ebony Boulware

Professor of Medicine
Eleanor Easley Chair in the School of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine
Director, Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award
Vice Dean for Translational Sciences
Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Professor Track - V in Population Health Sciences
Affiliate of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research
Campus mail 200 Morris Street, 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 681-4653
Email address ebony.boulware@duke.edu

Dr. Boulware is the Eleanor Easley Chair in the School of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Vice Dean for Translational Science, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Research at Duke University. She is a general internist and clinical epidemiologist. She studies mechanisms to improve the quality and equity of health care and health outcomes for individuals and populations affected by chronic health conditions including kidney disease and hypertension. Her work explores how the characteristics of individuals, health care providers, and health care organizations contribute to individuals’ health, and importantly, inequities in health. She develops and studies pragmatic interventions to address these mechanisms. Dr. Boulware frequently directly engages individuals, their family members, community members, and other stakeholders in her work. As Director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, she helps scientists at Duke and across the nation speed the pace at which their scientific discoveries reach individuals, their families, and their communities. 

Dr. Boulware received an A.B. from Vassar College, an M.D. from Duke University, and a M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research has been funded by numerous organizations, including the National Institutes for Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and foundations. She has published over 150 manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials, and she mentors numerous students, fellows, and faculty members.  Dr. Boulware is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the National Academy of Medicine.

Education and Training

  • Research Fellow, General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1999 - 2002
  • Chief Resident, General Internal Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1998 - 1999
  • Residency, General Internal Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1996 - 1998
  • Internship, General Internal Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1995 - 1996


Lunyera, Joseph, John W. Stanifer, Clemontina A. Davenport, Dinushika Mohottige, Nrupen A. Bhavsar, Julia J. Scialla, Jane Pendergast, L Ebony Boulware, and Clarissa Jonas Diamantidis. “Life Course Socioeconomic Status, Allostatic Load, and Kidney Health in Black Americans.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 15, no. 3 (March 6, 2020): 341–48. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.08430719.

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Cabacungan, Ashley N., Matthew J. Ellis, Debra Sudan, Tara S. Strigo, Iris Pounds, Jennie A. Riley, Margaret Falkovic, et al. “Associations of perceived information adequacy and knowledge with pursuit of live donor kidney transplants and living donor inquiries among African American transplant candidates.” Clin Transplant 34, no. 3 (March 2020): e13799. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.13799.

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Starks, Monique Anderson, Jingjing Wu, Eric D. Peterson, Judith A. Stafford, Roland A. Matsouaka, L Ebony Boulware, Laura P. Svetkey, Paul S. Chan, Patrick H. Pun, and Patrick H. for American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Investigators. “In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Practices and Outcomes in Maintenance Dialysis Patients.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 15, no. 2 (February 7, 2020): 219–27. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.05070419.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Patti L. Ephraim, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Debra L. Roter, Lee R. Bone, Jennifer L. Wolff, LaPricia Lewis-Boyer, et al. “Hypertension Self-management in Socially Disadvantaged African Americans: the Achieving Blood Pressure Control Together (ACT) Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial.” J Gen Intern Med 35, no. 1 (January 2020): 142–52. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05396-7.

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Murphy, Karly A., Raquel C. Greer, Debra L. Roter, Deidra C. Crews, Patti L. Ephraim, Kathryn A. Carson, Lisa A. Cooper, Michael C. Albert, and L Ebony Boulware. “Awareness and Discussions About Chronic Kidney Disease Among African-Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypertension: a Mixed Methods Study.” J Gen Intern Med 35, no. 1 (January 2020): 298–306. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05540-3.

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DePasquale, Nicole, Ashley Cabacungan, Patti L. Ephraim, LaPricia Lewis-Boyér, Neil R. Powe, and L Ebony Boulware. “Perspectives of African-American Family Members about Kidney Failure Treatment.” Nephrol Nurs J 47, no. 1 (January 2020): 53–65.


Grams, Morgan E., Aditya Surapaneni, Shoshana H. Ballew, Lawrence J. Appel, Eric Boerwinkle, L Ebony Boulware, Teresa K. Chen, et al. “APOL1 Kidney Risk Variants and Cardiovascular Disease: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis.” J Am Soc Nephrol 30, no. 10 (October 2019): 2027–36. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2019030240.

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Tyson, Crystal C., Clemontina A. Davenport, Pao-Hwa Lin, Julia J. Scialla, Rasheeda Hall, Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Joseph Lunyera, et al. “DASH Diet and Blood Pressure Among Black Americans With and Without CKD: The Jackson Heart Study.” Am J Hypertens 32, no. 10 (September 24, 2019): 975–82. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpz090.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Virginia Wang, and Neil R. Powe. “Improving Access to Kidney Transplantation: Business as Usual or New Ways of Doing Business?” Jama 322, no. 10 (September 10, 2019): 931–33. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.12784.

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