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College of Nursing Faculty

Gayenell S. Magwood, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN
Alumnus CCRN

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

Telephone: (843) 792-0685
Fax: (843) 792-1741

Dr. Gayenell S. Magwood, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN is a Professor with Tenure and teaches in the PhD and DNP programs. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University, her BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina, MSN in Advanced Clinical Nursing from George Mason University, and PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Magwood holds a certificate in Faith Community Nursing and a Certificate in Distance Education Program (CDEP) for online teaching.

Dr. Magwood is a second career nurse, with more than 25 years’ experience. She began her career as a Critical Care Nurse Fellow at a major trauma center in Washington, DC. Her clinical experience includes working as a surgical/trauma critical care nurse and solid organ clinical transplant coordinator in both the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Dr. Magwood, motivated by the escalating racial/ethnic disparities in solid organ transplantation, returned to the region to work with an interdisciplinary team at the MUSC Transplant Center.  Dr. Magwood’s commitment to health equity and the elimination of disparities remains relevant and evident in her research, education and advocacy/service activities.

Dr. Magwood’s research interests address cardiometabolic/stroke and cancer disparities related to multiple risk reduction and chronic disease management. Her approach is based on building transdisciplinary teams to address real world and complex problems aimed at improving health outcomes and preventing disease related to cardiometabolic, stroke and cancer prevention and control. As a nurse scientist she contributes expertise in the intersection of community and health systems. Dr. Magwood’s substantive contributions have informed and guided community systems change through capacity building in the context of community-academic partnerships and have been disseminated through peer review publications, service on national boards and ongoing consultative roles, mentoring and successful acquisition of competitively funded scientific grants as either a PI or Co-I.

As a mentor/educator Dr. Magwood is committed cultivating enthusiasm and enhancing competencies in the conduct of research, while developing a cadre of nurse scholars prepared to lead teams that produce efficacious and socio-culturally informed research.

Key Words: multi-risk reduction, cardiometabolic, stroke, cancer prevention and control, health disparities, health equity, community engagement/CBPR