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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 is Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the Medical University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Nursing from George Mason University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina; a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University and completed post-graduate work in Public Health. Dr. Magwood holds a certificate in Faith Community Nursing and completed a Certificate in Distance Education Program (CDEP) for online teaching.

She is a NIH funded PI, with grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Magwood’s NINR grant work builds on the novel integration of genomics to personalize a socio-culturally tailored diabetes prevention intervention for women residing in subsidized housing communities. The NIDDK funding supports the implementation of a multi-level DPP intervention, linking Subsidized Housing infrastructures with FQHC-Primary Care Networks. Dr. Magwood has served as PI and Co-Investigator on internal and external funded research for development and implementation of community engaged interventions and multi-level community-based participatory research with underserved communities.

Dr. Magwood was Project Director and Co-PI for REACH 2010: Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition, a CBPR grant focused on eliminating disparities and improving care for African Americans with diabetes. She served as Co- PI Investigator for the REACH U.S. Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (REACH SEA-CEED).

Prior to joining the CON, Dr. Magwood’s clinical experience was as a solid organ clinical transplant coordinator and a surgical/trauma critical care nurse. Dr. Magwood has held certifications as both, an adult critical care nurse (CCRN) and a clinical transplant coordinator (CCTC). The American Association of Critical Care Nurses currently designates her as an Alumnus CCRN. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, National Black Nurses Association and American Nurses Association, Southern Nursing Research Society.

Some of her honors include being named a 2011 NIH-NIMHD Health Disparities Scholar, 2010 Charleston Business Journal Health Care Hero in Research, Women of Influence award from the YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc. and Palmetto Gold recipient. Additionally, Dr. Magwood received the Washington Hospital Center’s Community Outreach Service Award, given to those individuals that make significant contributions to improving the quality of life for District of Columbia residents. She remains active in the S.C. community serving on a number of local and regional community organizations’ boards.

Her research interests include health disparities, community-based interventions related to multiple risk reduction, particularly cardiometabolic risk, chronic disease prevention and management. Dr. Magwood teaches in the PhD and DNP programs at MUSC College of Nursing, and has a joint appointment with the College of Graduate Studies.