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


Shaw, Brian I., Debra L. Sudan, L Ebony Boulware, and Lisa M. McElroy. “Striking a Balance in Simultaneous Heart Kidney Transplant: Optimizing Outcomes for All Wait-Listed Patients.” J Am Soc Nephrol 31, no. 8 (August 2020): 1661–64. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2020030336.

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Pilla, Scott J., Jenny Park, Jessica L. Schwartz, Patti Ephraim, L Ebony Boulware, Nestoras N. Mathioudakis, Nisa Maruthur, Mary Catherine Beach, and Raquel Greer. “FREQUENCY AND CONTENT OF HYPOGLYCEMIA DISCUSSIONS IN PRIMARY CARE VISITS FOR PATIENTS WITH DIABETES.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 35:S136–S136, 2020.


Driscoll, Caitlin, Alex H. Cho, Laura Germino, Valerie Keck, Elissa Nickolopolous, Lynn Bowlby, and L Ebony Boulware. “HIDOC: AN EXPANDED OUTPATIENT CARE DELIVERY MODEL TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MEDICALLY COMPLEX, HIGH-UTILIZING PATIENTS.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 35:S654–S654, 2020.


Hurst, Jillian H., Yaxing Liu, Pamela J. Maxson, Sallie R. Permar, L Ebony Boulware, and Benjamin A. Goldstein. “Development of an electronic health records datamart to support clinical and population health research.” J Clin Transl Sci 5, no. 1 (June 23, 2020): e13. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2020.499.

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Bowman, Cassandra, Joseph Lunyera, Aviel Alkon, L Ebony Boulware, Jennifer St Clair Russell, Jennie Riley, Jeffrey C. Fink, and Clarissa Diamantidis. “A Patient Safety Educational Tool for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Development and Usability Study.” Jmir Form Res 4, no. 5 (May 28, 2020): e16137. https://doi.org/10.2196/16137.

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Mohottige, Dinushika, Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Joseph Galanko, Robert S. Sandler, and L Ebony Boulware. “USE OF 'HIGH-POTENCY, LOW-COST' ANALGESIC POWDERS AMONG INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (CKD).” In American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 75:609–609. W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC, 2020.


Lunyera, Joseph, John W. Stanifer, Clemontina A. Davenport, Dinushika Mohottige, Nrupen A. Bhavsar, Julia J. Scialla, Jane Pendergast, L Ebony Boulware, and Clarissa Jonas Diamantidis. “Life Course Socioeconomic Status, Allostatic Load, and Kidney Health in Black Americans.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 15, no. 3 (March 6, 2020): 341–48. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.08430719.

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Cabacungan, Ashley N., Matthew J. Ellis, Debra Sudan, Tara S. Strigo, Iris Pounds, Jennie A. Riley, Margaret Falkovic, et al. “Associations of perceived information adequacy and knowledge with pursuit of live donor kidney transplants and living donor inquiries among African American transplant candidates.” Clin Transplant 34, no. 3 (March 2020): e13799. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.13799.

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