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College of Nursing Faculty

Ida Johnson Spruill, Ph.D., RN, LISW, FAAN
Associate Professor

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

Telephone: (843) 792-3873

Dr. Ida J. Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW, FAAN is an associate professor and diversity officer in the College of Nursing at Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Spruill earned her baccalaureate nursing degree from Tennessee State University, masters degree in women’s health nursing from MUSC, and a PhD in family nursing from Hampton University, and completed a two year Post Doctoral Fellowship in clinical genetics at the University of Iowa.

From 1996-2003, Dr. Spruill was the nurse manager and Co-Investigator for a community-based genetic research study known as Project SuGar (Sea Islands Genetics African American Registry). Under her leadership the Community Plan and Reward (CPR) recruitment model was developed, and 650 African American families were enrolled into the study resulting in Project SuGar having one of the largest DNA data banks of African –Americans (AA) families with Type 2 Diabetes.

In addition to her current position, she was the principal investigator for an internal pilot project to engage the community in the planning process for a biobank and data warehouse funded by CTSA/South Carolina Translational Research and a Diversity Supplement funded by NIH-NIDDK and titled, Genetic contributors to diabetes and dyslipemia in African -Americans.  Currently, she is the principal investigator for a three –year R01 study funded by NIH-NINR titled, Ethno cultural barriers to health literacy and disease management.

Dr. Spruill is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She serves as president of the YWCA of Greater Charleston board of directors, board member for American Diabetes Association  (ADA) National Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and consumer representative for FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic (EMDAC) Drug Advisory Committee. She has professional membership in Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society, National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) and American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Her past services includes terms of office with NBNA board of directors; nominating committee for AADE, and membership chair for ISONG. She also serves on the editorial board for the journal Quality Health Research.

Dr. Spruill was the recipient of MUSC Developing Scholar’s Award (2012), Clemson University’s Rutland Institute for Ethics award (2011), National Black Nurses Association’s Trailblazer Award, and the College of Nursing’s 2011 Outstanding Alumnus Award.  Most recently, Dr. Spruill received the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.