L. Ebony Boulware
Eleanor Easley Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine

Dr. Ebony Boulware 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 minoretized 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. 

Dr. Boulware is also the Chief of the  Duke Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, and she directs the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute as Vice Dean for Translational Science, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Research. 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 190 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

Current Research Interests

  • Chronic Disease, Kidney Disease
  • Health Equity (Individual, Community)
  • Health Care Provider and Health System Interventions
  • Patient Centered Interventions and Outcomes
  • Patient Experiences and Decision-Making in Health Care
  • Race and Racism in Science and Medicine

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