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MUSC Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) Advisory Board

Leonard Egede, M.D., MS
Dr. Egede is the Allen H. Johnson Endowed Chair and a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at MUSC. He is the Director of CHDR and the Director of the Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC) at the Charleston VA. Dr. Egede is a general internist and health services researcher and has participated and led research projects designed to understand racial/ethnic variations in health care.
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John Feussner, M.D., MPH
Dr. Feussner is a Distinguished University Professor and the Executive Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at MUSC. Dr. Feussner previously served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine from 2002-2011. Also, from 2005-2009, he served as President of the College of Medicine’s Faculty Practice plan and led the dramatic expansion of its clinical enterprise, especially developing outreach clinics in the Charleston metropolitan area.







Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, APRN, BC-ADM, FAAN
Dr. Jenkins is the Ann Darlington Edwards Endowed Chair in Nursing and a Professor at MUSC. She chairs the Outreach Council of the state legislated Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina and has worked throughout her career with communities to improve health outcomes related to diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease and their complications. Her research interests include community-based participatory research, and community and systems changes in health, especially for the state’s underserved African Americans.
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Daniel Lackland, Ph.D.
Dr. Lackland is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Neurosciences at MUSC and is an established investigator in cardiovascular epidemiology, diabetes epidemiology and hypertension. Much of Dr. Lackland’s work involves the population risk assessment of cardiovascular disease, stroke and hypertension. In particular, his work focuses on the factors associated with the racial disparities in disease, and the geographic patterns of disease through assessment of data and tissue samples.






William Moran, M.D., MPH
Dr. Moran is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at MUSC. His early clinical and research focus was in geriatrics, preventive care in aging and chronic illness management. His recent work has centered on local health system changes, which support physician decision-making in clinical practice, facilitate interdisciplinary care and improve quality of care. His areas of interest include coordination of clinical teams and informative infrastructure.






David Rivers, MA
Dr. Rivers is an Associate Professor and Director of the Public Information and Community Outreach at MUSC. Dr. Rivers serves as the Chairman for the James E. Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation and the Advisory Board Chairman for the National Conference on Health Disparities.







Sabra Slaughter, Ph.D.
Dr. Slaughter is the Chief of Staff, Office of the President at MUSC, as well as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Slaughter’s research interests include improvement in the quality and accessibility of health care, elimination of health disparities in South Carolina, and achievement of population parity in the health professions workforce. He is the Principal Investigator for Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness (SEVIEW), a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Defense and MUSC to develop educational and outreach programs and conduct community-based research on health disparities.
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