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Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH - Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH

Research Associate: Center for Health Equity Research

Associate Professor: Division of General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology


Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH

Research Associate: Center for Health Equity Research

Associate Professor: Division of General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology

Areas of Interest

Interested in strategies to support engagement of family members in the care of patients with chronic illnesses, particularly cardiovascular risk conditions; patient-provider communication and engagement; strategies to promote health equity and eliminate health disparities by addressing social factors that influence health behaviors and outcomes; social networks and health, general internal medicine.


My desire to become a General Internal Medicine physician and health services researcher was shaped by my personal experiences with family members affected by complex chronic illnesses. I love providing comprehensive general health care to individuals and their family members and having meaningful relationships with them over time. My research, which seeks to reduce disparities in health and health care by addressing social determinants of health, is directly informed by my personal and clinical experiences. I am passionate about patient and family engagement in health care and a focus of my research is on developing pragmatic interventions to support family members caring of adults with chronic illnesses, particularly those at risk for or diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

Selected Bibliography:

Allen, KD, Arveeva L, Cené CW, Coffman CJ, Grimm K, Haley E, Keefe FJ, Nagle C, Oddone EZ, Somers T, Watkins Y, Campbell LC. 2018. Pain coping skills training for African Americans with Osteoarthritis study: Baseline participant characteristics and comparison to prior studies. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, In Press.

Breathett K, Leng X, Foraker RE, Abraham WT, Coker L, Whitfield K, Shumaker S, Manson JE, Eaton CB, Howard BV, Ijioma N, Cené C, Martin L, Johnson KC, Klein L. Risk Factor Burden, Heart Failure, and Survival in Women of Different Ethnic Groups: Insights from the Women’s Health Initiative. Circulation: Heart Failure. 2018; 11(5): [Epub ahead of print]

Lane-Fall, MG, Cobb BT, Wiley Cené C, Beidas R. Implementation Science in Perioperative Care. Anesthesiology Clinics. 2018; 36(1): 1-15.

Dave, G. Frerichs L, Schaal J, Vassar S, Varma D, Striley C, Ruktanonchai C, Black A, Hankins J, Lovelady N, Cené C, Green M, Young T, Tiwari S, Cheney A, Cottler L, Sullivan G, Brown A, Burke J, Corbie-Smith G. Conceptualizing trust in community-academic research partnerships using concept mapping approach: a multi CTSA Study. Eval Program Plann. 2018; (66) 70-78.

Cené CW, Halladay JR, Gizlice Z, Donahue KE, Cummings DM, Hinderliter A, T Miller C, Johnson LF, Garcia B, Tillman J, Little E, Rachide M, Keyserling T, Ammerman A, Zhou H, Wu J, DeWalt D. A multicomponent quality improvement intervention to improve blood pressure and reduce racial disparities in rural primary care practices. Journal of Clinical Hypertension: 2017 Apr; 19(4):351-360.

Recognitions and honors:

2016-17: RTI International University Scholars Program

2012: Junior Faculty Development Award (Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UNC)

2011-2014: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

2005: Gary V. Ralph “Humanism in Medicine” Award (Yale Primary Care Residency Program)

1998-2002: UNC Board of Governor’s 4-year Medical Scholarship (Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University)


  • MD

    East Carolina University

  • Residency

    Yale University

  • MPH

    Johns Hopkins University

  • Fellowship

    Johns Hopkins University