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Keith C. Ferdinand, MD

New Orleans, Louisiana

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD



Dr. Ferdinand is Professor of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine and previously Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Xavier University, New Orleans and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Education and Training

Dr. Ferdinand received his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, certified in the subspecialty of nuclear cardiology, and a specialist in clinical hypertension.

Professional Highlights

Dr. Ferdinand is a member of the Association of University Cardiologists, past Chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and prior Chief Science Officer and chair of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). He has also served on the board of the American Society of Hypertension, the Southwest Lipid Association, and International Society of Hypertension in Blacks. He is presently on the board of the Partnership to Advance Cardiovascular Health, National Lipid Association, and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

He has conducted numerous trials in hypertension lipids, cardiometabolic risk, and cardiovascular disease especially in racial/ethnic minorities, with over 250 peer-reviewed publications and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to his clinical work, he has participated in numerous clinical education activities in the community, locally and nationally, regarding eliminating disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Ferdinand has engaged in numerous opportunities and advisory boards that helped navigate and advise the lay public and providers on COVID-19 planning, safety protocols, education, and vaccination initiatives. He serves on the Louisiana Governor’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, the NIH Community Engagement Alliance, and Louisiana Vaccination Action Committee. These advisory boards have been crucial in reaching the most vulnerable communities. Furthermore, as the president of Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project, a 501c3 nonprofit health organization in New Orleans, Dr. Ferdinand has offered community lectures, conversed with faith and community centers, politicians, and the local radio on racial and ethnic disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic and effective vaccination strategies.


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