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Tanjala S. Purnell, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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2000 East Monument Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Transplant Epi Group
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 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 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, a member of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative’s Equity Working Group, 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 healthcare access and quality of care for patients with kidney disease and related risk factors, including 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 the Teaching Excellence Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for her course, "Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research," which is offered through the Department of Health Behavior and Society.

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

  • Improved equity in access to kidney transplantation
  • Reduced disparities in kidney disease burden and outcomes
  • Patient-centered care for kidney disease and risk factors, including hypertension and diabetes
  • Community and stakeholder-engaged interventions