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


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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Tuot, Delphine S., Clarissa Jonas Diamantidis, Cynthia F. Corbett, L Ebony Boulware, Chester H. Fox, Donna H. Harwood, Robert A. Star, Krystyna E. Rys-Sikora, and Andrew Narva. “The last mile: translational research to improve CKD outcomes..” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 9, no. 10 (October 7, 2014): 1802–5. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.04310514.

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Bonventre, Joseph V., L Ebony Boulware, Laura M. Dember, Barry I. Freedman, Susan L. Furth, Lawrence B. Holzman, Christian J. Ketchum, et al. “The kidney research national dialogue: gearing up to move forward..” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 9, no. 10 (October 7, 2014): 1806–11. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.07310714.

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Ganji, Sumitha, Patti L. Ephraim, Jessica M. Ameling, Tanjala S. Purnell, LaPricia L. Lewis-Boyer, and L Ebony Boulware. “Concerns regarding the financial aspects of kidney transplantation: perspectives of pre-transplant patients and their family members..” Clin Transplant 28, no. 10 (October 2014): 1121–30. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.12428.

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Scialla, Julia J., Jiannong Liu, Deidra C. Crews, Haifeng Guo, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Patti L. Ephraim, Navdeep Tangri, et al. “An instrumental variable approach finds no associated harm or benefit with early dialysis initiation in the United States..” Kidney Int 86, no. 4 (October 2014): 798–809. https://doi.org/10.1038/ki.2014.110.

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Shafi, Tariq, Philip G. Zager, Stephen M. Sozio, Morgan E. Grams, Bernard G. Jaar, Robert H. Christenson, L Ebony Boulware, Rulan S. Parekh, Neil R. Powe, and Josef Coresh. “Troponin I and NT-proBNP and the association of systolic blood pressure with outcomes in incident hemodialysis patients: the Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD (CHOICE) Study..” Am J Kidney Dis 64, no. 3 (September 2014): 443–51. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2014.03.015.

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