Brent M. Egan, MD, is professor of medicine and pharmacology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He received his medical degree (1978), and training in medicine (1981) and hypertension (1983), at the University of Michigan. Dr Egan has had continuous extramural research funding since 1984 with 19 NIH grants and 43 funded by other public and private sources. He has over 150 peer-reviewed articles, 88 chapters and books, and 140 published abstracts primarily in cardiometabolic disease-related topics. Dr Egan’s current professional interests center on translating efficacy in clinical trials to effective practices in the community. To that end, he has been active in community outreach programs including "Heart & Soul," "Lighten Up," "Commun-I-Care," the Hypertension and Stroke Belt Initiatives, and SE VIEW. The Outpatient Quality Improvement Network (OQUIN) Hypertension Initiative is now working with more than 2500 primary care providers at 200 practices in the Southeast with over 1,500,000 adult patients. The goal is to facilitate the transition of South Carolina and the Southeast from a leader in cardiovascular disease to a model of heart and vascular health through more effective prevention and control of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recognized the Hypertension Initiative as a national Best Practice Model in 2004. In July 2004, during the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Amendment, Tommy Thompson, Secretary of DHHS, presented the Initiative with an award for its efforts to reduce health disparities. Dr Egan is active in numerous professional societies and serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals. Dr Egan received a Distinguished Faculty Service Award from MUSC and a Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks in 2005, as well as recognition on the U.S. "Best Doctors" list for 1998-2012.