Established in 1968, the Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Awards were created to recognize those who make important contributions to the establishment and growth of the four-year medical school and to the world of medicine. The awards are designed to honor alumni and friends whose distinguished careers and unselfish contributions to society have added luster and prestige to the University and its School of Medicine. A committee appointed by the Dean of the School of Medicine selects the recipients from nominations solicited from alumni and medical school faculty.
Dr. Boulware, the Eleanor Easley Chair in the School 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 at Duke University, is a nationally known researcher, educator, and academic leader who has made fundamental contributions to improving the quality and equity of health care and outcomes for individuals and populations affected by chronic health conditions including kidney disease and hypertension.
Her work explores how the characteristics of individuals, health care providers, and health care organizations contribute to individuals’ health and inequities in care. She develops and studies pragmatic interventions to address these mechanisms.
One of the nation’s leading experts on the causes and effects of racial and ethnic disparities in health care and outcomes, Boulware engages individuals, family members, community members, and other stakeholders in her work. Her research has provided key insights into the influence of social and environmental factors on health outcomes and generated new tools and infrastructure to support evidence-based interventions in the clinic and the community.
As director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, she helps scientists at Duke and across the nation speed the pace at which their scientific discoveries reach individuals, families, and communities.
Boulware has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and is a frequently invited expert lecturer on heath disparities and patient-centered chronic kidney disease research. She is a tireless mentor to medical students, residents and fellows, and junior faculty, and she has been honored for her influential mentorship with numerous awards.