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


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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Boulware, L Ebony, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Edward S. Kraus, J Keith Melancon, Raquel McGuire, Bobbie Bonhage, Mikiko Senga, et al. “Protocol of a randomized controlled trial of culturally sensitive interventions to improve African Americans' and non-African Americans' early, shared, and informed consideration of live kidney transplantation: the Talking About Live Kidney Donation (TALK) Study..” Bmc Nephrol 12 (July 8, 2011). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-12-34.

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Crews, Deidra C., L Ebony Boulware, Ron T. Gansevoort, and Bernard G. Jaar. “Albuminuria: is it time to screen the general population?.” Adv Chronic Kidney Dis 18, no. 4 (July 2011): 249–57. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ackd.2011.06.004.

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Blecker, Saul, Kunihiro Matsushita, Anna Köttgen, Laura R. Loehr, Alain G. Bertoni, L Ebony Boulware, and Josef Coresh. “High-normal albuminuria and risk of heart failure in the community..” Am J Kidney Dis 58, no. 1 (July 2011): 47–55. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2011.02.391.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Edward S. Kraus, J Keith Melancon, Mikiko Senga, Kira E. Evans, Misty U. Troll, et al. “Identifying and addressing barriers to African American and non-African American families' discussions about preemptive living related kidney transplantation..” Prog Transplant 21, no. 2 (June 2011): 97–104.


Greer, Raquel C., Priscilla Auguste, Patti Ephraim, Johanna Sheu, Deidra Crews, Julio Lamprea, Temitope Olufade, et al. “QUALITY OF EVIDENCE INFORMING PATIENTS' CHOICE OF RENAL REPLACEMENT MODALITY.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 26 (May 1, 2011): S310–S310.


Boulware, L. E., P. Ephraim, F. Hill-Briggs, E. Kraus, J. Melancon, M. Kolotos, B. Jaar, et al. “Effectiveness of Educational and Behavioral Interventions To Improve Pursuit of Pre-Emptive Living-Related Kidney Transplantation: The Talking about Live Kidney Donation (TALK) Study..” In American Journal of Transplantation, 11:156–156. WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2011.


Greer, Raquel C., Lisa A. Cooper, Deidra C. Crews, Neil R. Powe, and L Ebony Boulware. “Quality of patient-physician discussions about CKD in primary care: a cross-sectional study..” Am J Kidney Dis 57, no. 4 (April 2011): 583–91. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2010.08.027.

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Evans, Kira, Josef Coresh, Lori D. Bash, Tiffany Gary-Webb, Anna Köttgen, Kathryn Carson, and L Ebony Boulware. “Race differences in access to health care and disparities in incident chronic kidney disease in the US..” Nephrol Dial Transplant 26, no. 3 (March 2011): 899–908. https://doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfq473.

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Diamantidis, Clarissa Jonas, Neil R. Powe, Bernard G. Jaar, Raquel Charles Greer, Misty U. Troll, and L Ebony Boulware. “Primary care-specialist collaboration in the care of patients with chronic kidney disease..” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 6, no. 2 (February 2011): 334–43. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.06240710.

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