L. Ebony Boulware, MD

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 Community and Family Medicine
Affiliate of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research
Campus mail 411 West Chapel Hill St, Box 104427, Durham, NC 27710
Email address ebony.boulware@duke.edu

Ebony Boulware, MD MPH is a Professor 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 in the School of Medicine at Duke University. She 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.

Dr. Boulware attended medical school at Duke University, followed by residency and a year as chief resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland. She then completed a Research Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins, where she remained on faculty for over 10 years. In 2013, she moved to Duke University as the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Duke Department of Medicine. In 2015, she became the Director of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award and subsequently the Director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Dr. Boulware has spent the majority of her scholarly career investigating mechanisms to improve the quality and equity of care and health outcomes of patients and populations with chronic diseases such as chronic kidney disease and hypertension. Dr. Boulware’s 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 100 manuscripts and she has mentored numerous students, fellows, and faculty members in clinical research. Dr. Boulware frequently engages community members, patients, their family members, and other stakeholders to develop and implement relevant and sustainable interventions to improve health. 

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


Bornemann, K, Croswell, E, Abaye, M, Bryce, C, Chang, J, Good, D, Heiles, CF, Dew, M, Boulware, L, Tevar, A, and Myaskovsky, L. "Protocol of the KTFT-TALK Study to Reduce Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplant Evaluation and Living Donor Kidney Transplantation." April 2017.


Bhavsar, NA, Goldstein, BA, Phelan, M, and Boulware, LE. "E-Epidemiology to study the Associations of Socioeconomic Status with Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Hospitalization Among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease." March 7, 2017.


Shafi, T, Sozio, SM, Luly, J, Bandeen-Roche, KJ, St Peter, WL, Ephraim, PL, McDermott, A, Herzog, CA, Crews, DC, Scialla, JJ, Tangri, N, Miskulin, DC, Michels, WM, Jaar, BG, Zager, PG, Meyer, KB, Wu, AW, Boulware, LE, and DEcIDE Network Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease Study Investigators, . "Antihypertensive medications and risk of death and hospitalizations in US hemodialysis patients: Evidence from a cohort study to inform hypertension treatment practices." Medicine 96, no. 5 (February 2017): e5924-null.

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Bornemann, K, Croswell, E, Abaye, M, Bryce, CL, Chang, C-CH, Good, DS, Freehling Heiles, CA, Dew, MA, Boulware, LE, Tevar, AD, and Myaskovsky, L. "Protocol of the KTFT-TALK study to reduce racial disparities in kidney transplant evaluation and living donor kidney transplantation." Contemporary clinical trials 53 (February 2017): 52-59.

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Michels, WM, Jaar, BG, Ephraim, PL, Liu, Y, Miskulin, DC, Tangri, N, Crews, DC, Scialla, JJ, Shafi, T, Sozio, SM, Bandeen-Roche, K, Cook, CJ, Meyer, KB, Boulware, LE, and DEcIDE Network Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease Study Investigators, . "Intravenous iron administration strategies and anemia management in hemodialysis patients." Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association 32, no. 1 (January 2017): 173-181.

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Purnell, T, Luo, X, Henderson, M, Gordon, E, Boulware, LE, and Segev, D. "Just Keeps Getting Worse: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Live Donor Kidney Transplantation in the US Over the Last Twenty Years." January 2017.


Tuot, DS, and Boulware, LE. "Telehealth Applications to Enhance CKD Knowledge and Awareness Among Patients and Providers." Advances in chronic kidney disease 24, no. 1 (January 2017): 39-45. (Review)

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Riley, IL, Murphy, B, Razouki, Z, Krishnan, JA, Apter, AJ, Okelo, SO, Kraft, M, Feltner, C, Que, LG, and Boulware, LE. "A Systematic Review Of Inhaled Corticosteroid Adherence Interventions In Adult African-Americans." 2017.


Spratt, SE, Pereira, K, Granger, BB, Batch, BC, Phelan, M, Pencina, MJ, Miranda, ML, Boulware, LE, Lucas, JE, Nelson, CL, Neely, B, Goldstein, BA, Barth, P, Richesson, RL, Riley, IL, Corsino, L, Hinz, ERM, Rusincovitch, SA, Green, J, Barton, AB, Kelley, C, Hyland, K, Tang, M, Elliott, A, Ruel, E, Clark, A, Mabrey, M, Morrissey, KL, Rao, J, Hong, B, Pierre-Louis, M, Kelly, K, and Jelesoff, N. "Assessing electronic health record phenotypes against gold-standard diagnostic criteria for diabetes mellitus." JAMIA 24 (2017): e121-e128.


Greer, RC, Liu, Y, Crews, DC, Jaar, BG, Rabb, H, and Boulware, LE. "Hospital discharge communications during care transitions for patients with acute kidney injury: a cross-sectional study." BMC health services research 16 (August 30, 2016): 449-.

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