L. Ebony Boulware, MD

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

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 was appointed Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Duke Department of Medicine. In 2015, she was appointed the Director of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award. Subsequently, she became the inaugural 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 120 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


DePasquale, Nicole, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Linda Darrell, LaPricia Lewis Boyér, Patti Ephraim, and L Ebony Boulware. “Feasibility and acceptability of the TALK social worker intervention to improve live kidney transplantation..” Health Soc Work 37, no. 4 (November 2012): 234–49. https://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/hls034.

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Ephraim, Patti L., Neil R. Powe, Hamid Rabb, Jessica Ameling, Priscilla Auguste, LaPricia Lewis-Boyer, Raquel C. Greer, et al. “The providing resources to enhance African American patients' readiness to make decisions about kidney disease (PREPARED) study: protocol of a randomized controlled trial..” Bmc Nephrol 13 (October 12, 2012). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-13-135.

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Lauder, Naudia, and L Ebony Boulware. “What Factors Explain Excess Risk of Death among Black Liver Transplant Recipients?.” In Hepatology, 56:282A-282A. WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012.


Segev, Dorry L., Neil R. Powe, Misty U. Troll, Nae-Yuh Wang, Robert A. Montgomery, and L Ebony Boulware. “Willingness of the United States general public to participate in kidney paired donation..” Clin Transplant 26, no. 5 (September 2012): 714–21. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1399-0012.2012.01596.x.

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Crews, Deidra C., Raquel C. Greer, Jeffrey J. Fadrowski, Michael J. Choi, David Doggett, Jodi B. Segal, Kemi A. Fawole, Pammie R. Crawford, and L Ebony Boulware. “Setting an agenda for comparative effectiveness systematic reviews in CKD care..” Bmc Nephrol 13 (August 1, 2012). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-13-74.

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Flynn, Sarah J., Patti Ephraim, LaPricia Lewis-Boyer, Jeffrey M. Barbers, Jessica Ameling, Lee Bone, David Levine, et al. “TAILORING SUSTAINABLE PATIENT AND FAMILY INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE RACE DISPARITIES IN HYPERTENSION AMONG URBAN AFRICAN AMERICANS.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 27 (July 1, 2012): S312–13.


Purnell, Tanjala S., Yoshio N. Hall, and L Ebony Boulware. “Understanding and overcoming barriers to living kidney donation among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States..” Adv Chronic Kidney Dis 19, no. 4 (July 2012): 244–51. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ackd.2012.01.008.

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Sheu, Johanna, Patti L. Ephraim, Neil R. Powe, Hamid Rabb, Mikiko Senga, Kira E. Evans, Bernard G. Jaar, Deidra C. Crews, Raquel C. Greer, and L Ebony Boulware. “African American and non-African American patients' and families' decision making about renal replacement therapies..” Qual Health Res 22, no. 7 (July 2012): 997–1006. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732312443427.

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Jonassaint, N., and L. E. Boulware. “What Factors Explain Excess Risk of Death among Black Liver Transplant Recipients?.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 12:519–519. WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012.


Purnell, Tanjala S., Neil R. Powe, Misty U. Troll, Nae-Yuh Wang, Thomas A. LaVeist, and L Ebony Boulware. “Donor designation: racial and ethnic differences in US nondesignators' preferred methods for disclosing intent to donate organs..” Transpl Int 24, no. 10 (October 2011): 999–1007. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1432-2277.2011.01301.x.

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