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College of Nursing Faculty

Marilyn P. Laken, Ph.D., RN
Director of Special Initiatives at MUSC

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 160
Charleston, SC 29425-1600

Telephone: (843) 792-5032
Fax: (843) 792-7476

Dr. Laken is Professor of Nursing and Medicine and Director, Office of Special Initiatives at MUSC.  She received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nursing and worked at NIH, in the Baltimore City Health Department and on the Pediatric Unit at Eugene Memorial Hospital in Augusta, Georgia before going on to complete her Ph.D. at Wayne State University in Medical Anthropology.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and Society for Applied Anthropology.  She spent 25 years in the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at Wayne State as Professor and Chief of the Division of Community Programs before coming to MUSC in 1997.  

Dr. Laken created one of the first courses in Alternative Complementary Medicine while at Wayne State University and teaches in the doctoral nursing program and in the Department of Biometry and Epidemiology at MUSC. She has served on many review boards and taskforces related to improving access to health care, establishing standards of care, and research.  Her experience on peer-review study sections includes NIH, NSF, HRSA, DHHS, HCFA, CDC, and several private foundations.  She served at co-chair of the Perinatal and Patient Safety Collaborative for Bureau of Primary Health Care.  She has served as Principle Investigator on 26 grants totaling over $10 million.  Currently she heads the HRSA-funded school-based clinic program and a Duke Endowment project to increase physical activity in elementary schools in nine school districts in South Carolina.  She serves as co-PI on an NIH-funded study to reduce obesity among members of the AME Church, and a P-60 program grant to partner with South Carolina State University to reduce metabolic syndrome.  She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, 17 chapters and one book.