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Tanjala S. Purnell, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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2024 East Monument Street
Suite 2-600
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Center for Health Equity
The Welch Center

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
MPH, The Ohio State University, 2006
BS, Tougaloo College, 2005


Tanjala Purnell PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds joint faculty appointments in the Johns Hopkins Departments of Surgery, Health Policy and Management, and Health Behavior and Society. Dr. Purnell is the Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement for the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation, the Associate Director for Education and Training at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, Core Faculty at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and Affiliated Faculty with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research. Her research focuses on identifying patient-centered and community-engaged solutions to address disparities in healthcare access and quality of care for people living with major CVD risk factors, including chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension. She has published findings from her health equity research in leading journals, including JAMA and Health Affairs, and she is a recipient of multiple Teaching Excellence Awards from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for her course, "Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research.”

Honors and Awards

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Teaching Excellence Award

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Career Development (K01) Award

Johns Hopkins Medicine Dean's Award in Surgical Research - Rothman Award

National Quality Forum "Top 40 Under 40" Leadership Award

National Institutes of Health/NIDDK National Research Service Award

OPTN/UNOS Minority Affairs Committee, Region 2 Representative

The Transplantation Society Young Investigator Award 

Academy Health/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholar Award

American Society of Nephrology Travel Award

National Institutes of Health/National Medical Association Fellowship/Travel Award

International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities Travel Award

National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, Volunteer Service Recognition

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Office of Community Health. “Ask the Expert” Community Health Outreach Series “Thank You” Award

  • Epidemiological studies to improve equity in access to kidney transplantation
  • Interventions to address disparities in CVD burden and major risk factors
  • Patient-centered care for adults with chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetes
  • Community-based and stakeholder-engaged interventions