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Tanjala Purnell, M.P.H., Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Surgery


Chronic Kidney Disease, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Kidney Transplant


Dr. Purnell is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Purnell is a Core Faculty member of the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation, the Associate Director for Education and Training at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, and a Core Faculty member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Her research focuses on identifying patient-centered and community-engaged solutions to address disparities in access to and quality of care for patients with kidney disease and related risk factors, including diabetes and hypertension. Her course, "Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research," is offered through the Department of Health Behavior and Society. ? more



  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2012)
  • M.P.H., Ohio State University (Ohio) (2006)
  • B.S., Tougaloo College (Mississippi) (2005)

Additional Training

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2014, General Internal Medicine

Research & Publications

Contact for Research Inquiries

Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation
2000 East Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205 map

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Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research (410.635.11)

Activities & Honors


  • Career Development (K01) Award, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Region 2 Representative, OPTN/UNOS Minority Affairs Committee
  • Rothman Award in Surgical Research, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health/NIDDK
  • "Top 40 Under 40" Leadership Award, National Quality Forum
  • Young Investigator Award, The Transplantation Society
  • Seminar Travel Award, American Society of Nephrology Professional Development
  • Fellowship/Travel Award, National Institutes of Health/National Medical Association
  • Travel Award, International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Volunteer Service Recognition, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
  • “Ask the Expert” Community Health Outreach Series “Thank You” Award, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Office of Community Health
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