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L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, is dean of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, chief science officer of Atrium Health and vice chief academic officer of Advocate Health.

In these roles, Dr. Boulware leads all aspects of the medical school, including programs to advance the clinical, research, education, innovation and community engagement missions. 

Dr. Boulware is a general internist with expertise in clinical epidemiology and research that is focused on health equity and improving clinical care.

Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and other organizations throughout her career. She has published more than 200 manuscripts, book chapters and editorials and has mentored numerous students, residents, fellows and faculty members. She is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to her time at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Boulware directed the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute as vice dean for translational science and associate vice chancellor for translational research at Duke University. She also was the Nanaline Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine and served as chief of the division of general internal medicine in the department of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. She began her career at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was a faculty member for over 10 years.

Dr. Boulware received her bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Maryland prior to completing a research fellowship in general internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.