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


Thornton, Rachel L. J., Tracy J. Yang, Patti L. Ephraim, L Ebony Boulware, and Lisa A. Cooper. “Understanding Family-Level Effects of Adult Chronic Disease Management Programs: Perceived Influences of Behavior Change on Adolescent Family Members' Health Behaviors Among Low-Income African Americans With Uncontrolled Hypertensions..” Front Pediatr 6 (2018). https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2018.00386.

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Bowlby, Lynn, Robin Turner, David Casarett, Fred Johnson, Ebony Boulware, Jason Webb, and Morgan Bain. “Integration and expansion of palliative care work force..” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35:126–126. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2017. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2017.35.31_suppl.126.

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Norris, Keith C., Sandra F. Williams, Connie M. Rhee, Susanne B. Nicholas, Csaba P. Kovesdy, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, and L. Ebony Boulware. “Hemodialysis Disparities in African Americans: The Deeply Integrated Concept of Race in the Social Fabric of Our Society..” Semin Dial 30, no. 3 (May 2017): 213–23. https://doi.org/10.1111/sdi.12589.

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Spratt, Susan E., Katherine Pereira, Bradi B. Granger, Bryan C. Batch, Matthew Phelan, Michael Pencina, Marie Lynn Miranda, et al. “Assessing electronic health record phenotypes against gold-standard diagnostic criteria for diabetes mellitus..” J Am Med Inform Assoc 24, no. e1 (April 1, 2017): e121–28. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocw123.

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Purnell, T., X. Luo, L. Kucirka, M. Henderson, E. Gordon, L. Boulware, and D. Segev. “Just Keeps Getting Worse: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Live Donor Kidney Transplantation in the US Over the Last Twenty Years.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 17:380–380. WILEY, 2017.


Bornemann, K., E. Croswell, M. Abaye, C. Bryce, J. Chang, D. Good, C Freehling Heiles, et al. “Protocol of the KTFT-TALK Study to Reduce Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplant Evaluation and Living Donor Kidney Transplantation.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 17:638–638. WILEY, 2017.


Bhavsar, Nrupen A., Benjamin A. Goldstein, Matthew Phelan, and Leigh E. Boulware. “E-Epidemiology to study the Associations of Socioeconomic Status with Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Hospitalization Among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.” In Circulation, Vol. 135. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2017.


Bornemann, Kellee, Emilee Croswell, Menna Abaye, Cindy L. Bryce, Chung-Chou H. Chang, Deborah S. Good, Cathleen A. Freehling Heiles, et al. “Protocol of the KTFT-TALK study to reduce racial disparities in kidney transplant evaluation and living donor kidney transplantation..” Contemp Clin Trials 53 (February 2017): 52–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2016.11.011.

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Shafi, Tariq, Stephen M. Sozio, Jason Luly, Karen J. Bandeen-Roche, Wendy L. St Peter, Patti L. Ephraim, Aidan McDermott, et al. “Antihypertensive medications and risk of death and hospitalizations in US hemodialysis patients: Evidence from a cohort study to inform hypertension treatment practices..” Medicine (Baltimore) 96, no. 5 (February 2017). https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000005924.

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Brouwer, R., Rebbecca Moen, Iain Sanderson, L. Boulware, Johanna O’Dell, and Morris Kellie. “MyResearchHome@ Duke—launch and adoption of a portal for the research community..” In Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, Vol. S1. Cambridge University Press, 2017.