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


Green, J. A., P. L. Ephraim, F. F. Hill-Briggs, T. Browne, T. S. Strigo, C. L. Hauer, R. A. Stametz, et al. “Putting patients at the center of kidney care transitions: PREPARE NOW, a cluster randomized controlled trial..” Contemp Clin Trials 73 (October 2018): 98–110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2018.09.004.

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Olivo, Robert E., Clemontina A. Davenport, Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Nrupen A. Bhavsar, Crystal C. Tyson, Rasheeda Hall, Aurelian Bidulescu, et al. “Obesity and synergistic risk factors for chronic kidney disease in African American adults: the Jackson Heart Study..” Nephrol Dial Transplant 33, no. 6 (June 1, 2018): 992–1001. https://doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfx230.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Patti L. Ephraim, Jessica Ameling, LaPricia Lewis-Boyer, Hamid Rabb, Raquel C. Greer, Deidra C. Crews, et al. “Effectiveness of informational decision aids and a live donor financial assistance program on pursuit of live kidney transplants in African American hemodialysis patients..” Bmc Nephrol 19, no. 1 (May 3, 2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-018-0901-x.

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Zimmermann, Caroline F., Patti L. Ephraim, Rachel L. Grover, and L Ebony Boulware. “PATIENT ACTIVATION, PERCEIVED STRESS, AND MEDICATION ADHERENCE IN PATIENTS WITH UNCONTROLLED HYPERTENSION: THE ACT STUDY.” In Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52:S561–S561. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2018.


Murphy, Karly A., Raquel C. Greer, Debra L. Roter, Deidra C. Crews, Patti L. Ephraim, Lisa A. Cooper, and L Ebony Boulware. “AWARENESS AND DISCUSSIONS ABOUT CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN PATIENTS WITH CKD AND HYPERTENSION IN PRIMARY CARE.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33:S130–S130. SPRINGER, 2018.


St Clair Russell, Jennifer, and L Ebony Boulware. “End-stage renal disease treatment options education: What matters most to patients and families..” Semin Dial 31, no. 2 (March 2018): 122–28. https://doi.org/10.1111/sdi.12665.

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Lunyera, Joseph, Clemontina A. Davenport, Nrupen A. Bhavsar, Mario Sims, Julia Scialla, Jane Pendergast, Rasheeda Hall, et al. “Nondepressive Psychosocial Factors and CKD Outcomes in Black Americans..” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 13, no. 2 (February 7, 2018): 213–22. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.06430617.

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Riley, Isaretta L., L Ebony Boulware, Jie-Lena Sun, Karen Chiswell, Loretta G. Que, Monica Kraft, Jamie L. Todd, Scott M. Palmer, and Monique L. Anderson. “Factors associated with reporting results for pulmonary clinical trials in ClinicalTrials.gov..” Clin Trials 15, no. 1 (February 2018): 87–94. https://doi.org/10.1177/1740774517740352.

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Purnell, Tanjala S., Xun Luo, Lisa A. Cooper, Allan B. Massie, Lauren M. Kucirka, Macey L. Henderson, Elisa J. Gordon, Deidra C. Crews, L Ebony Boulware, and Dorry L. Segev. “Association of Race and Ethnicity With Live Donor Kidney Transplantation in the United States From 1995 to 2014..” Jama 319, no. 1 (January 2, 2018): 49–61. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2017.19152.

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