College of Nursing Faculty
Deborah C. Williamson, DHA, MSN, RN
Associate Dean for Practice
Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas
Charleston, SC 29425-1600
Telephone: (843) 792-2521
Fax: (843) 792-6698
Dr. Deborah Williamson is Associate Dean for Practice and an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Duke University, her Master's in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Utah, and a Doctoral Degree from the MUSC College of Health Professions in Administration and Leadership. Dr. Williamson has 27 years of experience as a practicing nurse-midwife in a private office setting in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Dr. Williamson has been awarded over two million dollars in grant funding to improve access to care for underserved women and children in Charleston County. Currently she has funding from The Duke Endowment to promote culturally competent health services through curriculum innovations and through recruitment of under-represented minorities into nursing. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds the Hispanic Health Initiative which provides maternity and pediatric care to residents of the Sea Islands and the adjacent mainland. This funding also supports community based education programs and a family literacy program. National Libraries of Medicine and the New Morning Foundation have contributed support to programs related to adolescent health. Dr. Williamson has received additional funding from The Duke Endowment in 2008 to address social violence in an inner city population. She is collaborating with the Hollings Cancer Center and Morehouse Medical College on a grant to improve breast cancer screening among African American women.
Dr. Williamson teaches in the Presidential Scholars program, an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on health disparities and in the Scholars Program that is part of the Hispanic Health Initiative. Dr. Williamson is the recipient of the DHEC, Office of Minority Health, 2004 Recognition Award, the 2006 Charleston Regional Business Journal, Health Care Hero award, and the 2006 Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) award for her work in eliminating health disparities. She is a member of the National Academies of Practice and is the recipient of the Palmetto Gold Award for nursing in 2005.
As the Associate Dean for Practice, her office is responsible for supporting practice faculty including credentialing and compliance. Dr. Williamson serves as the Partnership Core Director for the Center for Community Health Partnerships.