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Center For Health Disparities Research

Core Investigators

Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS
Endowed Chair 
General Internal  
Medicine and Geriatrics

Complete Biographical Sketch

Dr. Egede is the Allen H. Johnson Endowed Chair and a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Division of General of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the Director of the MUSC Center for Health Disparities Research and the Director of the VA HSR&D Research Enhancement Award Program – Center for Disease Prevention and Health Interventions for Diverse Populations. Dr. Egede is a general internist and health services researcher and has participated and led research projects designed to understand racial/ethnic variations in health care.  His expertise is in the interplay among psychosocial factors, race/ethnicity, and health outcomes for chronic diseases, and development and testing of interventions to improve health behaviors in ethnic minorities with chronic medical and mental conditions. He is PI or Co-PI on 4 VA merit proposals, 1 NIH R01 and 1 DoD grant and has authored over 125 original peer reviewed publications related to psychosocial influences on health and racial/ethnic differences in health outcomes in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.  He is a standing member of the NIH scientific review study section – the Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section.  In addition, he regularly serves as an ad hoc reviewer for NIH special emphasis panels in the areas of diabetes, mental health service delivery and ethnic disparities.  He currently serves as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and is on the editorial board of Current Diabetes Reviews.  He is was a member of The National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Scholars program and currently serves on the advisory board of the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina.


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