L. Ebony Boulware, MD

Professor of Medicine
Nanaline Duke Distinguished Professor 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 in Population Health Sciences
Affiliate of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Campus mail 200 Morris Street, 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 681-4653
Email address ebony.boulware@duke.edu

Dr. Boulware directs the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute as Vice Dean for Translational Science and Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Research, and she is Chief of the Duke Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She is a general internist, physician-scientist and clinical epidemiologist focused on improving health and health equity for individuals and communities affected by chronic health conditions such as kidney disease. A national thought leader in health equity, she has identified patient, clinician, system, and community-level barriers that result in disparate outcomes for Black and other marginalized individuals. Using pragmatic trials, she has developed successful interventions, shaped guidelines, raised physician awareness and changed clinical practice.  Throughout her work, Dr. Boulware has sought to improve transparency and trustworthiness in science and medicine. 

Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes for Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and other organizations throughout her career. She has published over 200 manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials, and she mentors numerous students, residents, fellows, and faculty members.  Dr. Boulware is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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  • A.B. Vassar College, 1991
  • M.D. Duke University, 1995
  • M.P.H. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1999

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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


Riley, Isaretta L., Bryonna Jackson, Donna Crabtree, Shaun Riebl, Loretta G. Que, Roy Pleasants, and L Ebony Boulware. “A Scoping Review of International Barriers to Asthma Medication Adherence Mapped to the Theoretical Domains Framework.” J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 9, no. 1 (January 2021): 410-418.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaip.2020.08.021.

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Shavadia, Jay S., Jonathan Wilson, Daniel Edmonston, Alyssa Platt, Patti Ephraim, Rasheeda Hall, Benjamin A. Goldstein, et al. “Statins and atherosclerotic cardiovascular outcomes in patients on incident dialysis and with atherosclerotic heart disease.” Am Heart J 231 (January 2021): 36–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2020.10.055.

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Shlipak, Michael G., Sri Lekha Tummalapalli, L Ebony Boulware, Morgan E. Grams, Joachim H. Ix, Vivekanand Jha, Andre-Pascal Kengne, et al. “The case for early identification and intervention of chronic kidney disease: conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference.” In Kidney Int, 99:34–47, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kint.2020.10.012.

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Boulware, L. E., G. B. Harris, P. Harewood, F. F. Johnson, P. Maxson, N. Bhavsar, S. S. Blackwelder, et al. “Democratizing health system data to impact social and environmental health contexts: a novel collaborative community data-sharing model.” J Public Health (Oxf) 42, no. 4 (November 23, 2020): 784–92. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdz171.

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Hall, Rasheeda, Alyssa Platt, Jonathan Wilson, Patti L. Ephraim, Angelina S. Hwang, Angel Chen, Daniel E. Weiner, et al. “Trends in Mineral Metabolism Treatment Strategies in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis in the United States.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 15, no. 11 (November 6, 2020): 1603–13. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.04350420.

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Browne, Teri, Amy Swoboda, Patti L. Ephraim, Katina Lang-Lindsey, Jamie A. Green, Felicia Hill-Briggs, George L. Jackson, et al. “Engaging patients and family members to design and implement patient-centered kidney disease research.” Res Involv Engagem 6, no. 1 (November 1, 2020): 66. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-020-00237-y.

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Sloan, Caroline E., Judy Zhong, Dinushika Mohottige, Rasheeda Hall, Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Leight E. Boulware, and Virginia Wang. “Fragmentation of care as a barrier to optimal ESKD management.” Semin Dial 33, no. 6 (November 2020): 440–48. https://doi.org/10.1111/sdi.12929.

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Barrett, Tyler M., Jamie A. Green, Raquel C. Greer, Patti L. Ephraim, Sarah Peskoe, Jane F. Pendergast, Chelsie L. Hauer, et al. “Advanced CKD Care and Decision Making: Which Health Care Professionals Do Patients Rely on for CKD Treatment and Advice?” Kidney Med 2, no. 5 (September 2020): 532-542.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xkme.2020.05.008.

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Pomann, Gina-Maria, L Ebony Boulware, Shari Messinger Cayetano, Manisha Desai, Felicity T. Enders, John A. Gallis, Jonathan Gelfond, et al. “Methods for training collaborative biostatisticians.” J Clin Transl Sci 5, no. 1 (August 4, 2020): e26. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2020.518.

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Purnell, Tanjala S., Sunjae Bae, Xun Luo, Morgan Johnson, Deidra C. Crews, Lisa A. Cooper, Macey L. Henderson, et al. “National Trends in the Association of Race and Ethnicity With Predialysis Nephrology Care in the United States From 2005 to 2015.” Jama Netw Open 3, no. 8 (August 3, 2020): e2015003. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.15003.

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