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


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.


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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Mobula, Linda M., Mekam T. Okoye, L Ebony Boulware, Kathryn A. Carson, Jill A. Marsteller, and Lisa A. Cooper. “Cultural competence and perceptions of community health workers' effectiveness for reducing health care disparities..” J Prim Care Community Health 6, no. 1 (January 2015): 10–15. https://doi.org/10.1177/2150131914540917.

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Johnson, Amber E., L Ebony Boulware, Cheryl A. M. Anderson, Tatpong Chit-ua-aree, Kimberly Kahan, LaPricia Lewis Boyér, Yang Liu, and Deidra C. Crews. “Perceived barriers and facilitators of using dietary modification for CKD prevention among African Americans of low socioeconomic status: a qualitative study..” Bmc Nephrol 15 (December 6, 2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-15-194.

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Miskulin, Dana C., Navdeep Tangri, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Jing Zhou, Aidan McDermott, Klemens B. Meyer, Patti L. Ephraim, et al. “Intravenous iron exposure and mortality in patients on hemodialysis..” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 9, no. 11 (November 7, 2014): 1930–39. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.03370414.

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Johns, Tanya S., Michelle M. Estrella, Deidra C. Crews, Lawrence J. Appel, Cheryl A. M. Anderson, Patti L. Ephraim, Courtney Cook, and L Ebony Boulware. “Neighborhood socioeconomic status, race, and mortality in young adult dialysis patients..” J Am Soc Nephrol 25, no. 11 (November 2014): 2649–57. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2013111207.

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