John W. Stanifer, MD, MSc-GH, is a nephrologist and clinical researcher with a focus on using translational and trans-disciplinary methods to study mechanisms of health disparities in kidney disease. John completed his residency training in internal medicine and global health at Duke, completing the Master of Science in Global Health program in 2014. He also completed his sub-specialty training in nephrology at Duke, and during that time, he also completed a fellowship in clinical research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, where he served as chief fellow in 2016-2017.
His research interests include chronic disease epidemiology and mixed-methods studies. Specifically, he has investigated the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in Tanzania, where he started and led the CKD-AFRIKA study. This mixed-method study not only was among the first to explore community-based prevalence, risk factors and consequences of chronic kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa, but it also investigated several cultural and social topics around the use of traditional medicines among individuals living with kidney disease.
More recently, Stanifer has also turned his attention to local health disparities. Since 2015, he has been co-leading, with Dr. Cherry Beasley, the KIDNEY NC Study, a mixed-methods study investigating determinants of kidney disease among ethnic and racial minorities in Robeson County, North Carolina, home of the Lumbee Indian tribe. In addition to a Bass Connections team, he and Dr. Beasley have led two Student Research Training programs that included several Duke students working in Robeson County each summer. He is mentored by Drs. L. Ebony Boulware and Myles Wolf.