Dr. Guarav Dave is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He has over 15 years of clinical, public health and evaluation experience. Dr. Dave’s research primarily focuses on reducing health disparities associated with cardiovascular diseases, specifically hypertension prevention, control and management. He is currently a co-investigator on a NIH-funded R01 study – Heart Matters, aims to enhance uptake of cardioprotective behaviors and improve hypertension and other clinical outcomes. Dr Dave is also an expert in the field of evaluation research, specializing in evaluating multi-level, complex initiatives and programs. He is the Director of Evaluation of the NIH-funded North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute and RWJF-funded Clinical Scholars National Leadership Institute at UNC. He also co-directs the Systems Science and Evaluation Lab at UNC to foster the integration systems thinking and evaluation in clinical and public health research. He is the UNC PI for HRSA’s Southeast Regional Genetics Network at Emory University aimed to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions. Dr. Dave has a medical degree from the University of Pune, India and worked as an emergency room physician in Mumbai, before coming to the U.S. in 2004. He also received a Master and Doctorate in Public Health in 2006 and 2011 respectively.