Hanzhang Xu

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Hanzhang Xu, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at Duke University with a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and School of Nursing. She is also a Senior Fellow at Duke’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Duke Global Health Institute. As a geriatric nursing scientist and a health services researcher, her program of research falls under two themes: (i) addressing health disparities in cognitive aging among older adults from a global perspective; and (ii) integrating patient-reported factors to promote outcomes in older adults with cardiovascular disease. She is also interested in using digital technology to promote disease management in older patients with chronic disease. Currently Dr. Xu is the Principal Investigator on multiple projects funded by the National Institute of Health and the American Heart Association. These research projects leverage the strengths of electronic health records (EHR), Medicare claims, and national and international survey data to improve the cardiovascular and brain health of older adults through a lens of equity. Her ongoing work in these areas is exemplified with more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals in nursing, gerontology, and cardiovascular research. These studies have received extensive international media coverage, including in TIME, Forbes, and WebMD. In the past few years, she has also received several awards and honors such as the Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholar and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) AGING Initiative Multiple Chronic Conditions Scholar.