Program Director and Principal Investigator

Professor Family and Community Medicine
Associate Vice President for Community Health
Senior Associate Dean for Population Health and Community Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Administrative Assistant: Caulina Merrick,

Esa M. Davis, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.F.P., is a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and an adjunct Professor Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the principal investigator and Director of the Transforming Biomedical Research and Academic Faculty through Leadership Opportunity, Training and Mentorship (TRANSFORM) program.

Dr Davis’s research areas of interest include understanding perinatal determinants of adverse maternal cardiovascular health outcomes and in improving treatment strategies for tobacco use disorder in both hospitalized and presurgical patients. Her research has contributed new knowledge on the relationship of perinatal risk factors for maternal obesity, racial inequities, and adverse health outcomes, including gestational diabetes, peripartum cardiomyopathy and hypertension disorders of pregnancy. She has conducted randomized comparative effectiveness trials on screening strategies for gestational diabetes, strategies to reduce postpartum hypertension, and strategies to treat hospitalized tobacco users after discharge. Her research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served on national committees including National Academy of Sciences, American Heart Association Research Committee, and chaired the AHA Peer Review Sub-committee. She currently serves on the US Preventive Services Task Force, and the American Heart Association Funding and Quality Certification Committees.

Dr. Davis is a practicing family physician, who maintains a primary care practice. She teaches and mentors students and trainees across all levels and disciplines. She has extensive teaching and mentoring experience and has won several research and teaching awards. She is dedicated to improving the career pathway for underrepresented minorities and women in science and medicine.

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