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


Sampson, Uchechukwu K. A., Robert M. Kaplan, Richard S. Cooper, Ana V. Diez Roux, James S. Marks, Michael M. Engelgau, Emmanuel Peprah, et al. “Reducing Health Inequities in the U.S.: Recommendations From the NHLBI's Health Inequities Think Tank Meeting..” J Am Coll Cardiol 68, no. 5 (August 2, 2016): 517–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2016.04.059.

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Young, Bessie A., Ronit Katz, L Ebony Boulware, Bryan Kestenbaum, Ian H. de Boer, Wei Wang, Tibor Fülöp, et al. “Risk Factors for Rapid Kidney Function Decline Among African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study (JHS)..” Am J Kidney Dis 68, no. 2 (August 2016): 229–39. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2016.02.046.

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Purnell, Tanjala S., Xun Luo, Lauren M. Kucirka, Lisa A. Cooper, Deidra C. Crews, Allan B. Massie, L Ebony Boulware, and Dorry L. Segev. “Reduced Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Outcomes in the United States from 1990 to 2012..” J Am Soc Nephrol 27, no. 8 (August 2016): 2511–18. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2015030293.

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Norris, Keith C., George A. Mensah, L Ebony Boulware, Jun L. Lu, Jennie Z. Ma, Elani Streja, Miklos Z. Molnar, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, and Csaba P. Kovesdy. “Age, Race and Cardiovascular Outcomes in African American Veterans..” Ethn Dis 26, no. 3 (July 21, 2016): 305–14. https://doi.org/10.18865/ed.26.3.305.

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Cooper, Lisa A., Tanjala S. Purnell, Chidinma A. Ibe, Jennifer P. Halbert, Lee R. Bone, Kathryn A. Carson, Debra Hickman, et al. “Reaching for Health Equity and Social Justice in Baltimore: The Evolution of an Academic-Community Partnership and Conceptual Framework to Address Hypertension Disparities..” Ethn Dis 26, no. 3 (July 21, 2016): 369–78. https://doi.org/10.18865/ed.26.3.369.

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Green, Jamie A., and L Ebony Boulware. “Patient Education and Support During CKD Transitions: When the Possible Becomes Probable..” Adv Chronic Kidney Dis 23, no. 4 (July 2016): 231–39. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ackd.2016.04.004.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Molly J. Coye, and A Eugene Washington. “Roles of Academic and Public Health Systems in Advancing Population Health--Reply..” Jama 315, no. 23 (June 21, 2016): 2623–24. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2016.4189.

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Klassen, D. K., L. B. Edwards, D. E. Stewart, A. K. Glazier, J. P. Orlowski, and C. L. Berg. “The OPTN Deceased Donor Potential Study: Implications for Policy and Practice..” Am J Transplant 16, no. 6 (June 2016): 1707–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.13731.

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Olivo, Robert E., Clemontina A. Davenport, Clarissa Diamantidis, Nrupen Bhaysar, Crystal Tyson, Rasheeda Hall, Aurelian Bidulescu, et al. “VISCERAL ADIPOSITY, NUTRITION, AND THE RISK OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE IN AFRICAN AMERICANS: THE JACKSON HEART STUDY..” In American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 67:A81–A81. W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC, 2016.