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


Starks, Monique Anderson, Jingjing Wu, Eric D. Peterson, Judith A. Stafford, Roland A. Matsouaka, L Ebony Boulware, Laura P. Svetkey, Paul S. Chan, Patrick H. Pun, and Patrick H. for American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Investigators. “In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Practices and Outcomes in Maintenance Dialysis Patients.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 15, no. 2 (February 7, 2020): 219–27. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.05070419.

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Brouwer, Rebecca Namenek, Emily Miller, Sunita Patil, Geeta K. Swamy, Rebbecca Moen, Amanda McMillan, and L Ebony Boulware. “Supporting researchers through full-service hotline and consultation services: Success in simplicity, customization, and staffing.” J Clin Transl Sci 4, no. 1 (February 2020): 3–7. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2019.428.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Patti L. Ephraim, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Debra L. Roter, Lee R. Bone, Jennifer L. Wolff, LaPricia Lewis-Boyer, et al. “Hypertension Self-management in Socially Disadvantaged African Americans: the Achieving Blood Pressure Control Together (ACT) Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial.” J Gen Intern Med 35, no. 1 (January 2020): 142–52. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05396-7.

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Murphy, Karly A., Raquel C. Greer, Debra L. Roter, Deidra C. Crews, Patti L. Ephraim, Kathryn A. Carson, Lisa A. Cooper, Michael C. Albert, and L Ebony Boulware. “Awareness and Discussions About Chronic Kidney Disease Among African-Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypertension: a Mixed Methods Study.” J Gen Intern Med 35, no. 1 (January 2020): 298–306. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05540-3.

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Mohottige, Dinushika, and L Ebony Boulware. “Trust in American Medicine: A Call to Action for Health Care Professionals.” Hastings Cent Rep 50, no. 1 (January 2020): 27–29. https://doi.org/10.1002/hast.1081.

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DePasquale, Nicole, Ashley Cabacungan, Patti L. Ephraim, LaPricia Lewis-Boyér, Neil R. Powe, and L Ebony Boulware. “Perspectives of African-American Family Members about Kidney Failure Treatment.” Nephrol Nurs J 47, no. 1 (January 2020): 53–65.


Cho, Alex H., Natasha T. Namdari, Lynn Bowlby, Daniella A. Zipkin, Lawrence Greenblatt, Holly E. Causey, Jan M. Dillard, Adia K. Ross, Jane Pendergast, and L Ebony Boulware. “Multiyear Outcomes of a Population-Oriented Care Redesign in an Internal Medicine Residency Continuity Clinic.” J Health Care Poor Underserved 31, no. 2 (2020): 724–41. https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2020.0057.

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Riley, I. L., L. Svetkey, L. G. Que, and L. Boulware. “Patient, Provider and Community Stakeholder Recommendations for Asthma Interventions in Adult High-Risk Populations.” In American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 201, 2020.


Riley, I. L., L. Svetkey, L. G. Que, and L. Boulware. “International Patient-Reported Barriers to Asthma Medication Adherence by Countries' Gross National Income and Presence of Universal Health Care.” In American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 201, 2020.


Nelson, Robert G., Morgan E. Grams, Shoshana H. Ballew, Yingying Sang, Fereidoun Azizi, Steven J. Chadban, Layal Chaker, et al. “Development of Risk Prediction Equations for Incident Chronic Kidney Disease.” Jama 322, no. 21 (December 3, 2019): 2104–14. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.17379.

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