Disparities in Healthcare to be Focus of Eknoyan Lecture

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L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH

Citation: Kidney News 13, 10/11

A Duke University physician will present the Garabed Eknoyan, MD, Endowed Lectureship on Friday, November 5, on “Elephant in the Room: Sex and Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplantation.”

The speaker will be L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, who is the Eleanor Easley distinguished professor of medicine, director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, vice dean for translational science, and associate vice chancellor for translational research in the School of Medicine at Duke University. She also serves as chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Boulware is a general internist and clinical epidemiologist focused on improving health and health equity for individuals and communities affected by chronic conditions such as kidney disease and hypertension. A national thought leader in health equity, she has identified patient, clinician, system, and community-level barriers that result in disparate outcomes for Black people and other underserved groups. She investigates the influence of attitudinal, social, and environmental contexts as well as healthcare provider and health-system practices that contribute to inequities in health outcomes.

Using pragmatic trials, Dr. Boulware has developed successful interventions, shaped guidelines, raised physician awareness, and changed clinical practice. Throughout her work, she has sought to improve transparency and trustworthiness in science and medicine.

Dr. Boulware frequently engages community members, patients, family members, and other stakeholders in her research to develop sustainable interventions to improve health. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Health Resources and Services Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and several foundations.

She has published more than 180 manuscripts, editorials, and book chapters.

Dr. Boulware received an MD from Duke University and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her medical training as a resident and chief resident at the University of Maryland, followed by a general internal medicine research fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

She became a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002. In 2013, she joined Duke University as chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Boulware is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, National Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.