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Jackson Wright, MD, PhD

Jackson Wright, MD, PhD

  • Program Director, William T Dahms Clinical Research Unit, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Director, Clinical Hypertension Program, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor Emeritus, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Specialty: Hypertension

Biography: Jackson Wright, MD, PhD


  • Evaluation and Management of Resistant Hypertension

Certifications & Memberships

  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


Residency | Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - University Of Michigan Hospitals And Health Centers (1978 - 1980)

Internship | Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - University Of Michigan Hospitals And Health Centers (1977 - 1978)

Other Education | Pharmacology
Pharmacology - University Of Pittsburgh (1977)

Medical Education
University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine (1976)

Ohio Wesleyan University (1967)


JACKSON T. WRIGHT, JR., MD, PHD, FACP, FASH, FAHA is Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the William T Dahms MD Clinical Research Unit at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He is also Director of the Clinical Hypertension Program in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. He received both his MD and Ph.D. (Pharmacology) from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and received subspecialty board certification in Clinical Pharmacology. An experienced clinical investigator, Dr. Wright’s primary research interest is in the clinical pharmacology of antihypertensive and cholesterol lowering agents, especially in minority populations. He has published extensively in this area (over 300 articles, book chapters and abstracts) and served on many national and international advisory panels.

Dr. Wright has had a major or leadership role in nearly all of the major clinical outcome trials conducted in black populations over the past two decades. His leadership and participation in National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials with large minority representation has resulted in significant advancement of the knowledge base for treatment of hypertension and chronic kidney disease. He served as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the NIH-sponsored African American Study of Kidney Disease in Hypertensives Trial (AASK) and first authored its primary results paper. In addition, he is Co-I (initially PI) of one of seven clinical center networks to participate in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases-sponsored Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study.

Dr. Wright also served as Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the largest study of hypertension treatment ever completed, the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT), where he was the lead author on the primary results paper and the papers presenting the results by race. The study defined optimal hypertensive therapeutic regimens to reduce cardiovascular events, pointing out differences in magnitude of response by ethnicity. It also demonstrated the impact of quality clinical trial data derived from diverse cohorts in optimizing treatment in these same populations. He is currently PI of one of the five clinical center networks in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-sponsored Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT).

He was selected for service on the three latest U.S. national hypertension guideline panels. He co-chaired the treatment section for the previous Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7), served on the panel that generated the 2014 U.S. hypertension guideline report, and currently serves on the hypertension guideline panel convened by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Jackson Wright disclosed the following Outside Relationships with Industry:

  • - Medtronic, Inc. - Consulting
  • - Takeda Pharmaceuticals - Consulting