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Dr. Elijah Saunders, Professor of Medicine, Head of the Division of Hypertension


Dr. Elijah SaundersDr. Elijah Saunders is professor of medicine, head of the Division of Hypertension and (former) clinical director of the Hypertension and Vascular Biology Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. 

He also serves as clinical associate professor of medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is vice-president for Graduate Medical Education and Affiliations at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Saunders received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and his bachelor of science degree from Morgan State College. He completed both his residency and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr Saunders has received the American Heart Association (AHA) Award of Merit, Louis B. Russell Award (highest award for contribution to cardiovascular minority health), and the Presidential Award from the Maryland Affiliate. He is a member of the AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology and the Council on High Blood Pressure Research. He has served on all levels of both the national and local AHA. He has also served on numerous panels, study groups, site visit groups and committees including the Advisory Council of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He has been an active researcher in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, especially as these problems affect African Americans.

Dr. Saunders is a founding member, past chairman of the board and past president of the Association of Black Cardiologists; immediate past president, current chairman of the board, and founder of both the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) and the (former) Urban Cardiology Research Center, Inc., (Baltimore, MD). He is the co-founder of Heart House of the American College of Cardiology; a charter member of the American Society of Hypertension; past president of the Maryland High Blood Pressure Coordinating Council; former commissioner of the Maryland High Blood Pressure Commission; and chairman, Maryland Advisory Council on High Blood Pressure and related Cardiovascular Risk Factors.

A fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians and the American College of Angiology, Dr. Saunders has lectured extensively on hypertension and its concomitant diseases, especially as it affects populations such as Blacks and the elderly. He is co-author of the medical textbook, Hypertension in Black: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Treatment, and a book for the public on high blood pressure. He is chief editor of the textbook, Cardiovascular Diseases in Black. He has appeared on numerous radio, television, and video productions and has also written extensively for numerous medical journals, textbooks, and consumer magazines on the diagnosis, treatment, and control of hypertension, particularly in Black populations.

During 1996-1997, Dr. Saunders was on sabbatical leave from the University of Maryland, conducting research in England on dietary salt, salt sensitivity and hypertension in an African-Caribbean population. In May 1998, Dr. Saunders was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from his undergraduate alma mater, Morgan State University. In May 1999, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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