Shawna D. (Smith) Nesbitt, M.D., M.S., serves as the medical director of the Parkland Hypertension Clinic. Her research interests include clinical trials and epidemiology of hypertension and cardiovascular risk. Her area of research is hypertension in African-Americans, insulin resistance, and hyperlipidemia. Dr. Nesbitt is the national coordinator for the TROPHY Study (Trial of Prevention Hypertension), a 4-year trial which includes more than 71 sites and more than 800 patients. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the relationship of oxidative stress and genetics in the development of hypertension.
Dr. Nesbitt is Associate Dean of Minority Student Affairs at UT Southwestern. She is the secretary treasurer for the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), where she also serves as chairperson of the "Children Are Our Messengers" Initiative.
She also serves as director of Cohort Follow-up for the Dallas Heart Study, funded by the Donald Reynolds Foundation. Dr. Nesbitt is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. She serves as an Advisory Panel member for the Red Dress Campaign, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.