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


Strigo, Tara S., Patti L. Ephraim, Iris Pounds, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Linda Darrell, Matthew Ellis, Debra Sudan, et al. “The TALKS study to improve communication, logistical, and financial barriers to live donor kidney transplantation in African Americans: protocol of a randomized clinical trial..” Bmc Nephrol 16 (October 9, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-015-0153-y.

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Riley, Isaretta, L Ebony Boulware, Jie-Lena Sun, Karen Chiswell, Loretta Que, Robert Califf, Monica Kraft, and Monique Anderson. “Race/Ethnicity Reporting for Pulmonary Clinical Trials in ClinicalTrials.gov.” In Chest, 148:357A-357A. Elsevier BV, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.2235991.

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Kovesdy, Csaba P., Miklos Z. Molnar, Robert L. Davis, Karl Skorecki, Alan R. Templeton, Jun L. Lu, L Ebony Boulware, Keith Norris, and Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh. “INFLUENZA VACCINATION AND INCIDENCE OF CKD: EFFECT MODIFICATION BY GEOGRAPHICAL ANCESTRY.” In Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, Vol. 30. OXFORD UNIV PRESS, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfv175.2.

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Purnell, T., X. Luo, L. Kucirka, L. Cooper, A. Massie, D. Crews, L. Boulware, and D. Segev. “Dramatic Improvements in Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplant Outcomes in the US.” In American Journal of Transplantation, Vol. 15. WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015.


Wang, Wei, Bessie A. Young, Tibor Fülöp, Ian H. de Boer, L Ebony Boulware, Ronit Katz, Adolfo Correa, and Michael E. Griswold. “Effects of serum creatinine calibration on estimated renal function in african americans: the Jackson heart study..” Am J Med Sci 349, no. 5 (May 2015): 379–84. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAJ.0000000000000446.

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Navaneethan, Sankar D., L Ebony Boulware, and John R. Sedor. “Patients as stakeholders in setting kidney disease research priorities..” Am J Kidney Dis 65, no. 5 (May 2015): 641–43. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2015.01.015.

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Greer, Raquel, Patti Ephraim, Neil R. Powe, Bernard G. Jaar, Michael J. Choi, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Edward Kraus, et al. “SHOULD PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS REMAIN MORE INVOLVED IN THE CARE OF PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE?.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30:S252–53. SPRINGER, 2015.


Tangri, Navdeep, Dana C. Miskulin, Jing Zhou, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Wieneke M. Michels, Patti L. Ephraim, Aidan McDermott, et al. “Effect of intravenous iron use on hospitalizations in patients undergoing hemodialysis: a comparative effectiveness analysis from the DEcIDE-ESRD study..” Nephrol Dial Transplant 30, no. 4 (April 2015): 667–75. https://doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfu349.

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Greer, Raquel C., Jessica M. Ameling, Kerri L. Cavanaugh, Bernard G. Jaar, Vanessa Grubbs, Carrie E. Andrews, Patti Ephraim, et al. “Specialist and primary care physicians' views on barriers to adequate preparation of patients for renal replacement therapy: a qualitative study..” Bmc Nephrol 16 (March 28, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-015-0020-x.

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Bloomfield, Gerald S., Tracy Y. Wang, L Ebony Boulware, Robert M. Califf, Adrian F. Hernandez, Eric J. Velazquez, Eric D. Peterson, and Jennifer S. Li. “Implementation of management strategies for diabetes and hypertension: from local to global health in cardiovascular diseases..” Glob Heart 10, no. 1 (March 2015): 31–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2014.12.010.

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