Gene F. Kwan, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine

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

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.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

2019 Boston Medical Center, Internal Medicine: Excellence in Teaching
2017 Boston Medical Center, Internal Medicine: Excellence in Teaching

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

Universal Access to Type 1 Diabetes Care
11/01/2017 - 10/31/2020 (PI)
Partners in Health Helmsley Charitable

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. 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; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253073;
  2. 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; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0255918;
  3. Huffman MD, Kwan GF. RESPONSE: Multilateral Cardiovascular Education and Training in Haiti. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2021 Jun 01; 77(21):2752-2753. PMID: 34045030
  4. Coates MM, Sliwa K, Watkins DA, Zühlke L, Perel P, Berteletti F, Eiselé JL, Klassen SL, Kwan GF, Mocumbi AO, Prabhakaran D, Habtemariam MK, Bukhman G. An investment case for the prevention and management of rheumatic heart disease in the African Union 2021-30: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2021 07; 9(7):e957-e966. PMID: 33984296
  5. Coates MM, Kintu A, Gupta N, Wroe EB, Adler AJ, Kwan GF, Park PH, Rajbhandari R, Byrne AL, Casey DC, Bukhman G. Burden of non-communicable diseases from infectious causes in 2017: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 12; 8(12):e1489-e1498. PMID: 33098769; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30358-2;
  6. Yan LD, Pierre-Louis D, Isaac BD, Jean-Baptiste W, Vertilus S, Fenelon D, Hirschhorn LR, Hibberd PL, Benjamin EJ, Bukhman G, Kwan GF. Does distance from a clinic and poverty impact visit adherence for noncommunicable diseases? A retrospective cohort study using electronic medical records in rural Haiti. BMC Public Health. 2020 Oct 14; 20(1):1545.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33054756; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09652-y;
  7. Gupta N, Coates MM, Bekele A, Dupuy R, Fénelon DL, Gage AD, Getachew T, Karmacharya BM, Kwan GF, Lulebo AM, Masiye JK, Mayige MT, Ndour Mbaye M, Mridha MK, Park PH, Dagnaw WW, Wroe EB, Bukhman G. Availability of equipment and medications for non-communicable diseases and injuries at public first-referral level hospitals: a cross-sectional analysis of service provision assessments in eight low-income countries. BMJ Open. 2020 10 10; 10(10):e038842. PMID: 33040014; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038842;
  8. Klassen SL, Kwan GF, Bukhman G. The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Massive Threat for Those Living With Cardiovascular Disease Among the Poorest Billion. Circulation. 2020 11 17; 142(20):1887-1889. PMID: 32948096; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.047969;
  9. Ntaganda E, Rusingiza E, Rukundo G, Ng'ang'a L, Hedt-Gauthier B, El-Khatib Z, Kwan GF, Gapira G, Worrall NK, Swain J, Kagame A, Mutumbira C, Ruhamya N, Bolman C, Sewase J, Ndayisaba G, Bolman Iii RM, Goldberg H, Mucumbitsi J. Postoperative Rheumatic Heart Disease Follow-Up: Creating a National Registry and First Results from Rwanda. Ann Glob Health. 2020 09 09; 86(1):115. PMID: 32963968; DOI: 10.5334/aogh.2719;
  10. Rouhani SA, Marsh RH, Rimpel L, Anderson K, Outhay M, Edmond MC, Checkett KA, Berkowitz AL, Kwan GF, Baugh CW, Schuur JD. Protocolized emergency department observation care improves quality of ischemic stroke care in Haiti. Afr J Emerg Med. 2020 Sep; 10(3):145-151. PMID: 32923326; DOI: 10.1016/j.afjem.2020.05.007;
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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.

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