L. Ebony Boulware, MD

Professor of Medicine
Nanaline Duke Distinguished Professor 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 in Population Health Sciences
Affiliate of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Campus mail 200 Morris Street, 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 681-4653
Email address ebony.boulware@duke.edu

Dr. Boulware directs the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute as Vice Dean for Translational Science and Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Research, and she is Chief of the Duke Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She is a general internist, physician-scientist and clinical epidemiologist focused on improving health and health equity for individuals and communities affected by chronic health conditions such as kidney disease. A national thought leader in health equity, she has identified patient, clinician, system, and community-level barriers that result in disparate outcomes for Black and other marginalized individuals. Using pragmatic trials, she has developed successful interventions, shaped guidelines, raised physician awareness and changed clinical practice.  Throughout her work, Dr. Boulware has sought to improve transparency and trustworthiness in science and medicine. 

Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes for Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and other organizations throughout her career. She has published over 200 manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials, and she mentors numerous students, residents, fellows, and faculty members.  Dr. Boulware is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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  • A.B. Vassar College, 1991
  • M.D. Duke University, 1995
  • M.P.H. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1999

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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
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, 1999
  • M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, 1995


Benson, Kathryn R., Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Clemontina A. Davenport, L Ebony Boulware, and Dinushika Mohottige. “Abstract EP66: Racial Differences In The Use Of Over-the-counter Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Among Individuals At Risk Of Adverse Cardiovascular Events.” Circulation 145, no. Suppl_1 (March 2022). https://doi.org/10.1161/circ.145.suppl_1.ep66.

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Park, Christine, Mandisa-Maia Jones, Samantha Kaplan, Felicitas L. Koller, Julius M. Wilder, L Ebony Boulware, and Lisa M. McElroy. “A scoping review of inequities in access to organ transplant in the United States.” Int J Equity Health 21, no. 1 (February 12, 2022): 22. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-021-01616-x.

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Eneanya, Nwamaka D., L Ebony Boulware, Jennifer Tsai, Marino A. Bruce, Chandra L. Ford, Christina Harris, Leo S. Morales, et al. “Health inequities and the inappropriate use of race in nephrology.” Nat Rev Nephrol 18, no. 2 (February 2022): 84–94. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41581-021-00501-8.

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Mohottige, Dinushika, L Ebony Boulware, Chandra L. Ford, Camara Jones, and Keith C. Norris. “Use of Race in Kidney Research and Medicine: Concepts, Principles, and Practice.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 17, no. 2 (February 2022): 314–22. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.04890421.

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Barrett, Tyler M., Clemontina A. Davenport, Patti L. Ephraim, Sarah Peskoe, Dinushika Mohottige, Nicole DePasquale, Lisa McElroy, and L Ebony Boulware. “Disparities in Discussions about Kidney Replacement Therapy in CKD Care.” Kidney360 3, no. 1 (January 27, 2022): 158–63. https://doi.org/10.34067/KID.0004752021.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Giselle Corbie, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Consuelo H. Wilkins, Raquel Ruiz, Alfred Vitale, and Leonard E. Egede. “Combating Structural Inequities - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical and Translational Research.” N Engl J Med 386, no. 3 (January 20, 2022): 201–3. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp2112233.

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Villani, Vincenzo, Adina Jan, Hrishikesh Chakraborty, Andrew Barbas, Debra Sudan, L Ebony Boulware, Yee Lu, et al. “Renal Failure After Primary Organ Transplantation.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 22:93–93, 2022.


Gianaris, Kevin, Grecia B. Vargas, Morgan Johnson, Yifan Yu, Elena Wilson, Jamilah A. Perkins, Aswad Jackson, et al. “Perceived Susceptibility to Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypertension Self-Management among Black and White Live Kidney Donors.” Ethn Dis 32, no. 2 (2022): 101–8. https://doi.org/10.18865/ed.32.2.101.

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Bhavsar, Nrupen A., Clemontina A. Davenport, Lexie Zidanyue Yang, Sarah Peskoe, Julia J. Scialla, Rasheeda K. Hall, Crystal C. Tyson, et al. “Psychosocial determinants of cardiovascular events among black Americans with chronic kidney disease or associated risk factors in the Jackson heart study.” Bmc Nephrol 22, no. 1 (November 11, 2021): 375. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-021-02594-6.

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Barrett, Tyler M., Jamie A. Green, Raquel C. Greer, Patti L. Ephraim, Sarah Peskoe, Jane F. Pendergast, Chelsie L. Hauer, et al. “Preferences for and Experiences of Shared and Informed Decision Making Among Patients Choosing Kidney Replacement Therapies in Nephrology Care.” Kidney Med 3, no. 6 (November 2021): 905-915.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xkme.2021.05.011.

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