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


Boulware, L Ebony, Yongmei Liu, Nancy E. Fink, Josef Coresh, Daniel E. Ford, Michael J. Klag, and Neil R. Powe. “Temporal relation among depression symptoms, cardiovascular disease events, and mortality in end-stage renal disease: contribution of reverse causality..” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 1, no. 3 (May 2006): 496–504. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.00030505.

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Boulware, L. E., M. U. Troll, and N. R. Powe. “Recognition and referral of chronic kidney disease patients among family physicians, general internists and nephrologists: A national study.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 21 (April 1, 2006): 121–22.


Boulware, L. E., G. Barnes, R. F. Wilson, S. S. Marinopoulos, C. Hwang, K. Maynor, D. Merenstein, et al. “Does the periodic health evaluation improve delivery of clinical preventive services and patient outcomes?.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 21 (April 1, 2006): 42–43.


Boulware, L Ebony, George J. Barnes, Renee F. Wilson, Karran Phillips, Kenric Maynor, Constance Hwang, Spyridon Marinopoulos, et al. “Value of the periodic health evaluation..” Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep), no. 136 (April 2006): 1–134.


Friedman, Amy L., Thomas G. Peters, Kenneth W. Jones, L Ebony Boulware, and Lloyd E. Ratner. “Fatal and nonfatal hemorrhagic complications of living kidney donation..” Ann Surg 243, no. 1 (January 2006): 126–30. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.sla.0000193841.43474.ec.

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Jee, Sun Ha, L Ebony Boulware, Eliseo Guallar, Il Suh, Lawrence J. Appel, and Edgar R. Miller. “Direct, progressive association of cardiovascular risk factors with incident proteinuria: results from the Korea Medical Insurance Corporation (KMIC) study..” Arch Intern Med 165, no. 19 (October 24, 2005): 2299–2304. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinte.165.19.2299.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Lloyd E. Ratner, Misty U. Troll, Alexis Chaudron, Edwina Yeung, Shirley Chen, Andrew S. Klein, Janet Hiller, and Neil R. Powe. “Attitudes, psychology, and risk taking of potential live kidney donors: strangers, relatives, and the general public..” Am J Transplant 5, no. 7 (July 2005): 1671–80. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-6143.2005.00896.x.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Lucy A. Meoni, Nancy E. Fink, Rulan S. Parekh, WH Linda Kao, Michael J. Klag, and Neil R. Powe. “Preferences, knowledge, communication and patient-physician discussion of living kidney transplantation in African American families..” Am J Transplant 5, no. 6 (June 2005): 1503–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-6143.2005.00860.x.

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Mizelle, K. V., R. L. Johnson, M. C. Beach, L. Boulware, and L. A. Cooper. “Race concordance and trust in the patient-physician relationship..” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 20:124–25. BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, 2005.


Boulware, L Ebony, Lloyd E. Ratner, Lisa A. Cooper, Thomas A. LaVeist, and Neil R. Powe. “Whole body donation for medical science: a population-based study..” Clin Anat 17, no. 7 (October 2004): 570–77. https://doi.org/10.1002/ca.10225.

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