Tanjala Purnell PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Purnell is the Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement for the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation, the Associate Director for Education and Training at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, a member of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative’s Equity Working Group, and a Core Faculty member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Her research focuses on identifying patient-centered and community-engaged solutions to address disparities in healthcare access and quality of care for patients with kidney disease and related risk factors, including diabetes and hypertension. She has published findings from her health equity research in leading journals, including JAMA and Health Affairs, and she is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for her course, "Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research," which is offered through the Department of Health Behavior and Society.