Laura Pat Svetkey, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director of Clinical Research
Vice-chair for Faculty Development & Diversity in the Department of Medicine
Campus mail Duke Box 3487, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-6626
Email address svetk001@mc.duke.edu

Laura P. Svetkey, MD MHS is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Duke Hypertension Center, Director of Clinical Research at the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Director of Duke’s CTSA internal career development award program (KL2).She is a faculty member of the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI) and the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC). She is co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Core of the Duke O’Brien Center for Kidney Research (DOCK).

Dr. Svetkey has over 30 years of experience in the investigation of hypertension, obesity, and related areas, conducting NIH-sponsored clinical research ranging from behavioral intervention trials to metabolomics and genetics, with a consistent focus on prevention, non-pharmacologic intervention, health disparities and minority health. Her research has affected national guidelines, having served on the 2013 national Hypertension Guideline Panel (JNC) and the Lifestyle Guideline Working Group. She is a member of the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

Dr. Svetkey is Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine.  In this role she implements a wide range of programs to enhance the experience and advancement of faculty and trainees, with particular emphasis on under-represented minorities and women.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Duke University, 1982 - 1983
  • Resident in Medicine, Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, 1980 - 1982
  • Intern in Medicine, Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, 1979 - 1980
  • M.D., Harvard University , 1979

Publications

Lacourcière, Y, Pool, JL, Svetkey, L, Gradman, AH, Larochelle, P, de Champlain, J, and Smith, WB. "A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter trial of four doses of tasosartan in patients with essential hypertension. Tasosartan Investigator's Group." American Journal of Hypertension 11, no. 4 Pt 1 (April 1998): 454-461.

PMID
9607384
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Carter-Edwards, L, Bynoe, MJ, and Svetkey, LP. "Knowledge of diet and blood pressure among African Americans: use of focus groups for questionnaire development." Ethnicity & Disease 8, no. 2 (January 1998): 184-197.

PMID
9681284
Scholars@Duke

Vollmer, WM, Svetkey, LP, Appel, LJ, Obarzanek, E, Reams, P, Kennedy, B, Aicher, K, Charleston, J, Conlin, PR, Evans, M, Harsha, D, and Hertert, S. "Recruitment and retention of minority participants in the DASH controlled feeding trial. DASH Collaborative Research Group. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension." Ethnicity & Disease 8, no. 2 (January 1998): 198-208.

PMID
9681285
Scholars@Duke

Jaquish, CE, Svetkey, LP, Vance, JM, and Wilson, AF. "Linkage of salt sensitivity and obesity phenotypes in African Americans to marker loci on chromosome 5." American Journal of Human Genetics 61, no. 4 (October 1, 1997): A280-A280.

Scholars@Duke

Bódi, I, Kimmel, PL, Abraham, AA, Svetkey, LP, Klotman, PE, and Kopp, JB. "Renal TGF-beta in HIV-associated kidney diseases." Kidney International 51, no. 5 (May 1997): 1568-1577.

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9150474
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Appel, LJ, Moore, TJ, Obarzanek, E, Vollmer, WM, Svetkey, LP, Sacks, FM, Bray, GA, Vogt, TM, Cutler, JA, Windhauser, MM, Lin, PH, Karanja, N, Simons-Morton, D, McCullough, M, Swain, J, Steele, P, Evans, MA, Miller, ER, and Harsha, DW. "A clinical trial of the effects of dietary patterns on blood pressure." New England Journal of Medicine 336, no. 16 (April 17, 1997): 1117-1124.

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Appel, LJ, Moore, TJ, Obarzanek, E, Vollmer, WM, Svetkey, LP, Sacks, FM, Bray, GA, Vogt, TM, Cutler, JA, Windhauser, MM, Lin, PH, and Karanja, N. "A clinical trial of the effects of dietary patterns on blood pressure. DASH Collaborative Research Group." The New England Journal of Medicine 336, no. 16 (April 1997): 1117-1124.

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9099655
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Svetkey, LP, Chen, YT, McKeown, SP, Preis, L, and Wilson, AF. "Preliminary evidence of linkage of salt sensitivity in black Americans at the beta 2-adrenergic receptor locus." Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979) 29, no. 4 (April 1997): 918-922.

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9095077
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Svetkey, LP, McKeown, SP, and Wilson, AF. "Heritability of salt sensitivity in black Americans." Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979) 28, no. 5 (November 1996): 854-858.

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8901834
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Svetkey, LP, Wilson, AF, McKeown, SP, and Chen, YT. "Linkage of diastolic salt sensitivity in African Americans to the beta(2)-adrenergic receptor region of chromosome 5." Circulation 94, no. 8 (October 15, 1996): 186-186.

Scholars@Duke

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