Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand is a professor of medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He has conducted numerous trials in hypertension lipids, cardiometabolic risk, and cardiovascular disease especially in racial and 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.