Gene F. Kwan, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine

MD, University of California, San Diego
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, University of California, Berkeley

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am a cardiologist and global health researcher developing expertise in the intersection between these two fields. My primary professional goal is to push the frontier of global cardiovascular disease epidemiology and health service delivery (implementation) research through the development, implementation, evaluation, improvement and dissemination of integrated chronic care programs targeted to overcome specific barriers in rural low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

My research stems from experience in the field in rural Rwanda and Haiti since 2008 in collaboration with local Ministries of Health and the non-governmental organizations Partners In Health and Zanmi Lasante. I have developed and implemented care models using the strategy of task-shifting: training in-country nurses and generalist physicians in simplified protocols to aid in specialty care for the diagnosis and management of non-communicable diseases (NCD) including hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, stroke, and respiratory disease. My research has helped determine that heart failure in rural Rwanda and Haiti is generally from endemic causes (as opposed to coronary heart disease) and a leading cause of hospitalization. In addition, we demonstrated that nurse-directed management improves control of blood pressure for patients with hypertension and improves symptoms for those with heart failure. I also study the prevalence of poverty among patients with NCDs and develop approaches to overcome poverty-related barriers. My long-term goal is to develop and utilize evidence-based approaches for the understanding of cardiovascular disease in LMICs and influence programmatic development, implementation and policy.

I have active academic collaborations with projects in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, Liberia, and India. I am one of the principal authors of the implementation guide and clinician handbook The Partners In Health Guide to Chronic Care Integration for Endemic Non-Communicable Diseases. I have presented my work at several American Heart Association conferences including the Annual Scientific Sessions, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Prevention and Metabolism, and Quality and Clinical Outcomes Research sessions. I have also been an invited speaker both nationally and in Haiti and Rwanda. I continue to serve as an Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases at Partners In Health in Boston, Haiti and Rwanda.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I am committed to improving diversity and inclusion within our cardiovascular fellowship program, and ensuring inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds as research subjects. I understand the importance of including people who provide a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and perspectives as part of our program and faculty. As a member of the Boston Medical Center's Cardiology Fellowship Selection Committee, I am committed to increasing the proportion of women and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in Cardiology and promoting an environment of equity in opportunities. As part of the BMC Cardiovascular Medicine sections Commitment to Operationalize Racial Equity (CORE), I am working to ensure equity and transparency in hiring and training. As Cardiology Journal Club faculty mentor, I am committed to including relevant journal articles for discussion that evaluate racial differences and the role of race and ethnicity in care quality.

As a research mentor in global health, many of my mentees live and work in low-income country settings.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Universal Access to Type 1 Diabetes Care
11/01/2017 - 10/31/2023 (PI)
Partners In Health The Leona M. and Har

Identifying facilitators and barriers to heart failure care in Haiti to adapt a community-based inte
08/01/2019 - 07/31/2023 (PI)

Mixed Method Evaluation of Barriers To Heart Failure In Rural Haiti
01/01/2017 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
American Heart Assoc


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  1. Bansal E, Patel K, Lacossade S, Gue B, Acceme K, Robinson O, Kwan GF, Wilentz JR. Population health and sociodemographic variables as predictors of access to cardiac medicine and surgery in Haiti. Glob Health Res Policy. 2023 Jul 19; 8(1):27. PMID: 37468963; PMCID: PMC10354940; DOI: 10.1186/s41256-023-00308-z;
  2. Mailosi BGD, Ruderman T, Klassen SL, Kachimanga C, Aron MB, Boti M, Kumwenda K, Bukhman G, Muula AS, Banda NPK, Kwan GF. Decentralized Heart Failure Management in Neno, Malawi. Glob Heart. 2023; 18(1):35. PMID: 37334396; PMCID: PMC10275181; DOI: 10.5334/gh.1210;
  3. Kwan GF, Davila-Roman VG. Uncovering Endemic Heart Failure and Hypertension in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Challenges and Opportunities. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2023 Feb; 16(2):e009611. PMID: 36472191; PMCID: PMC10038165; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.122.009611;
  4. Klassen SL, Dusingizimana W, Ngoga G, Kamali I, Dusabeyezu S, Ntaganda E, Kwan GF. Using Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Heart Failure Diagnosis and Management in Rural and Resource-Limited Settings. CASE (Phila). 2022 Aug; 6(6):259-262. PMID: 36036046; PMCID: PMC9399555; DOI: 10.1016/;
  5. Calixte D, Haynes NA, Robert M, Edmond C, Yan LD, Raiti-Palazzolo K, Toussaint E, Isaac BD, Fenelon DL, Kwan GF. Online team-based electrocardiogram training in Haiti: evidence from the field. BMC Med Educ. 2022 May 11; 22(1):360.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35545788; PMCID: PMC9094130; DOI: 10.1186/s12909-022-03421-8;
  6. Gupta N, Mocumbi A, Arwal SH, Jain Y, Haileamlak AM, Memirie ST, Larco NC, Kwan GF, Amuyunzu-Nyamongo M, Gathecha G, Amegashie F, Rakotoarison V, Masiye J, Wroe E, Koirala B, Karmacharya B, Condo J, Nyemazi JP, Sesay S, Maogenzi S, Mayige M, Mutungi G, Ssinabulya I, Akiteng AR, Mudavanhu J, Kapambwe S, Watkins D, Norheim O, Makani J, Bukhman G. Prioritizing Health-Sector Interventions for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries in Low- and Lower-Middle Income Countries: National NCDI Poverty Commissions. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2021 09 30; 9(3):626-639. PMID: 34593586; PMCID: PMC8514044; DOI: 10.9745/GHSP-D-21-00035;
  7. Asfaw MT, Holtzman DL, Kwan GF, Oyewusi LT, Mitnick CD, Seung KJ. INCIDENCE OF HIGH GRADE QTCF PROLONGATION AND ITS MANAGEMENT AMONG PATIENTS UNDERGOING TREATMENT FOR DRUG RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS (DR-TB): CASE SERIES. Afr J Infect Dis. 2021; 15(2 Suppl):38-41.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34595385; PMCID: PMC8457348; DOI: 10.21010/ajidv15i2S.5;
  8. Coates MM, Ezzati M, Robles Aguilar G, Kwan GF, Vigo D, Mocumbi AO, Becker AE, Makani J, Hyder AA, Jain Y, Stefan DC, Gupta N, Marx A, Bukhman G. Burden of disease among the world's poorest billion people: An expert-informed secondary analysis of Global Burden of Disease estimates. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0253073. PMID: 34398896; PMCID: PMC8366975; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253073;
  9. DeWyer A, Scheel A, Kamarembo J, Akech R, Asiimwe A, Beaton A, Bobson B, Canales L, DeStigter K, Kazi DS, Kwan GF, Longenecker CT, Lwabi P, Murali M, Ndagire E, Namuyonga J, Sarnacki R, Ssinabulya I, Okello E, Aliku T, Sable C. Establishment of a cardiac telehealth program to support cardiovascular diagnosis and care in a remote, resource-poor setting in Uganda. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0255918. PMID: 34358281; PMCID: PMC8345851; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0255918;
  10. Polsinelli VB, Dantil KR, DeGennaro V, Fénelon DL, Louis DP, Izzo JL, Kwan GF. Cardiovascular Health in a Single Community in Rural Haiti: A Cross-sectional Study. Caribb Med J. 2021 Sep; 83(3). PMID: 34621104; PMCID: PMC8494238; DOI: 10.48107/cmj.2021.07.01;
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Dr. Kwan is willing and available to mentor faculty, fellows, residents, and students with an academic interest in cardiology, chronic non-communicable diseases, global health, implementation science, and social determinants of health.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')
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