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


Ameling, Jessica M., Patti L. Ephraim, Lee R. Bone, David M. Levine, Debra L. Roter, Jennifer L. Wolff, Felicia Hill-Briggs, et al. “Adapting hypertension self-management interventions to enhance their sustained effectiveness among urban African Americans..” Fam Community Health 37, no. 2 (April 2014): 119–33. https://doi.org/10.1097/FCH.0000000000000020.

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Crews, Deidra C., Julia J. Scialla, Jiannong Liu, Haifeng Guo, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Patti L. Ephraim, Bernard G. Jaar, et al. “Predialysis health, dialysis timing, and outcomes among older United States adults..” J Am Soc Nephrol 25, no. 2 (February 2014): 370–79. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2013050567.

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Miskulin, Dana C., Jing Zhou, Navdeep Tangri, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Courtney Cook, Patti L. Ephraim, Deidra C. Crews, et al. “Trends in anemia management in US hemodialysis patients 2004-2010..” Bmc Nephrol 14 (December 1, 2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-14-264.

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St Peter, Wendy L., Stephen M. Sozio, Tariq Shafi, Patti L. Ephraim, Jason Luly, Aidan McDermott, Karen Bandeen-Roche, et al. “Patterns in blood pressure medication use in US incident dialysis patients over the first 6 months..” Bmc Nephrol 14 (November 12, 2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-14-249.

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Cooper, Lisa A., L Ebony Boulware, Edgar R. Miller, Sherita Hill Golden, Kathryn A. Carson, Gary Noronha, Mary Margaret Huizinga, et al. “Creating a transdisciplinary research center to reduce cardiovascular health disparities in Baltimore, Maryland: lessons learned..” Am J Public Health 103, no. 11 (November 2013): e26–38. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301297.

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Purnell, Tanjala S., Priscilla Auguste, Deidra C. Crews, Julio Lamprea-Montealegre, Temitope Olufade, Raquel Greer, Patti Ephraim, et al. “Comparison of life participation activities among adults treated by hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and kidney transplantation: a systematic review..” Am J Kidney Dis 62, no. 5 (November 2013): 953–73. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.03.022.

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Purnell, Tanjala S., Neil R. Powe, Misty U. Troll, Nae-Yuh Wang, Carlton Haywood, Thomas A. LaVeist, and L Ebony Boulware. “Measuring and explaining racial and ethnic differences in willingness to donate live kidneys in the United States..” Clin Transplant 27, no. 5 (September 2013): 673–83. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.12196.

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Wu, Albert W., Hadi Kharrazi, L Ebony Boulware, and Claire F. Snyder. “Measure once, cut twice--adding patient-reported outcome measures to the electronic health record for comparative effectiveness research..” J Clin Epidemiol 66, no. 8 Suppl (August 2013): S12–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.04.005.

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Purnell, Tanjala S., Neil R. Powe, Misty U. Troll, Nae-Yuh Wang, Marshala R. Lee, Sydney M. Dy, Lisa A. Cooper, and L Ebony Boulware. “THE GENERAL PUBLIC'S COMFORT WITH DECEASED ORGAN DONATION DISCUSSION IN PRIMARY CARE SETTINGS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERVENTION.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28:S203–S203. SPRINGER, 2013.