About ISHIB/ Board of Trustees


Robert Wood Johnson Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Brent M. Egan, MD is professor of medicine and pharmacology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his medical degree and training in medicine and hypertension at the University of Michigan. His clinical and basic research examine mechanisms of cardiovascular risk in obesity and suggest that fatty acids participate in the pathophysiology of the metabolic syndrome through oxidative stress-sensitive pathways. His group is currently examining the effects of the DASH Eating Plan on oxidative stress in metabolic syndrome patients.

Dr. Egan’s participation in community activities has included “Heart & Soul,” “Lighten Up,” “Commun-I-Care,” the Hypertension Initiative and Stroke Belt Elimination Initiative. The Hypertension Initiative is currently working with ~500 primary care providers at more than 90 practices with >110,000 hypertensive patients in the Southeast in an effort to improve cardiovascular health. Health and Human Services recognized the Initiative as a national Best Practice Model in March 2004. In July 2004 at the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Amendment, Tommy Thompson, Secretary for Health and Human Services recognized the Initiative for its efforts in reducing health disparities. Dr. Egan is active in the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) where he currently serves as vice president. His numerous activities have fostered more than 250 original papers, review articles, and abstracts, led to positions on the editorial boards of American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, Hypertension, Journal of Human Hypertension, Journal of Clinical Hypertension, and Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, and resulted in recognition on the “Best Doctors” list for 1998-2004.