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


Shavadia, Jay S., Jonathan A. Wilson, Daniel Edmonston, Alyssa Platt, Patti Ephraim, Rasheeda Hall, Benjamin Goldstein, et al. “Statin Use and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Established Atherosclerotic Heart Disease and End-stage Renal Disease on Dialysis.” In Circulation, Vol. 140, 2019.


Grams, Morgan E., Aditya Surapaneni, Shoshana H. Ballew, Lawrence J. Appel, Eric Boerwinkle, L Ebony Boulware, Teresa K. Chen, et al. “APOL1 Kidney Risk Variants and Cardiovascular Disease: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis.” J Am Soc Nephrol 30, no. 10 (October 2019): 2027–36. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2019030240.

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Tyson, Crystal C., Clemontina A. Davenport, Pao-Hwa Lin, Julia J. Scialla, Rasheeda Hall, Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Joseph Lunyera, et al. “DASH Diet and Blood Pressure Among Black Americans With and Without CKD: The Jackson Heart Study.” Am J Hypertens 32, no. 10 (September 24, 2019): 975–82. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpz090.

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Boulware, L Ebony, Virginia Wang, and Neil R. Powe. “Improving Access to Kidney Transplantation: Business as Usual or New Ways of Doing Business?” Jama 322, no. 10 (September 10, 2019): 931–33. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.12784.

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Song, Annie Y., Deidra C. Crews, Patti L. Ephraim, Dingfen Han, Raquel C. Greer, LaPricia Lewis Boyér, Jessica Ameling, et al. “Sociodemographic and Kidney Disease Correlates of Nutrient Intakes Among Urban African Americans With Uncontrolled Hypertension.” J Ren Nutr 29, no. 5 (September 2019): 399–406. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jrn.2018.12.004.

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Sutton, Lynn, Lisa G. Berdan, Jean Bolte, Robert M. Califf, Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, Jennifer S. Li, Jonathan McCall, et al. “Facilitating translational team science: The project leader model.” J Clin Transl Sci 3, no. 4 (August 2019): 140–46. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2019.398.

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Hall, Rasheeda K., Clemontina A. Davenport, Mario Sims, Cathleen Colón-Emeric, Tiffany Washington, Jennifer St Clair Russell, Jane Pendergast, et al. “Association of functional and structural social support with chronic kidney disease among African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study.” Bmc Nephrol 20, no. 1 (July 15, 2019): 262. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-019-1432-9.

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DePasquale, Nicole, Ashley Cabacungan, Patti L. Ephraim, LaPricia Lewis-Boyér, Neil R. Powe, and L Ebony Boulware. “Family Members' Experiences With Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation.” Kidney Med 1, no. 4 (July 2019): 171–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xkme.2019.06.001.

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Lunyera, Joseph, Clemontina A. Davenport, Jane Pendergast, Solomon K. Musani, Nrupen A. Bhavsar, Mario Sims, Stanford Mwasongwe, et al. “Modifiers of Plasma 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes in Black Americans: The Jackson Heart Study.,” June 1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2018-01747.

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