Center For Health Disparities Research
Brent M. Egan, MD is Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He received his medical degree (1978) and training in medicine (1981) and hypertension (1983) at the University of Michigan. Dr. Egan’s current professional interests center on translating efficacy in clinical trials to effective practices in the community. To that end, he has been active in community outreach programs including “Heart & Soul,” “Lighten Up,” “Commun-I-Care,” and the Hypertension and Stroke Belt Initiatives. The Hypertension Initiative is now working with primary care providers at more than 180 practices in the Southeast with >1,500,000 adult patients. The goal is to facilitate the transition of South Carolina and the Southeast from a leader in cardiovascular disease to a model of heart and vascular health through more effective prevention and control of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recognized the Hypertension Initiative as a national Best Practice Model in March 2004. In July 2004 at the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Amendment, Tommy Thompson, Secretary DHHS, presented the Initiative with an award for its efforts to reduce health disparities. Dr. Egan is active in numerous professional societies and serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals. He has been an author on more than 200 original papers and review articles. Dr. Egan received a Distinguished Faculty Service Award from MUSC and a Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks in 2005 as well as recognition on the U.S. “Best Doctors” list for 1998–2012.