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College of Nursing Faculty

Gigi Smith, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
Executive Associate Dean for Academics

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

Telephone: (843) 792-4611
Fax: (843) 792-2099

Gigi Smith is an Professor and the Associate Dean for Academics at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, her Master of Science in Nursing degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing from Columbia University in New York, New York, her post-master’s certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the Medical University of South Carolina, and her PhD in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is certified as a PNP by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the South Carolina Nurses Association the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society. She is also a member of the American Epilepsy Society and a founding member of the South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy.

Dr. Smith specializes in the care and research of children with epilepsy at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at MUSC. Her dissertation work was a mixed methods study about caregiving in pediatric epilepsy. She also continues working with Dr. Janelle Wagner testing a depression-screening instrument for youth with epilepsy. She previously participated in a pilot study as co-investigator on a cognitive behavioral intervention for youth with epilepsy and their caregivers, as well as three CDC research grants through the Department of Biostastics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology at MUSC. The South Carolina Epidemiological Study of Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders (SCESESD) is investigated the incidence of epilepsy in South Carolina. The South Carolina Health Outcomes Project in Epilepsy (SC HOPE) is investigated disparities in care outcomes for patients with epilepsy and their families. The Health Outcomes in Persons with Epilepsy in SC investigated the co-morbidities of epilepsy. She is the principal investigator of Impacting At-risk Populations through Multi-modal Training of Nursing and Medical Students in SBIRT, an educational grant funded by SAMHSA.  She is also PI of the Blue Cross Blue Shield SC Foundation program grant Addressing Mental Health Needs in SC through Primary Care Nurse Practitioners. In addition, Dr. Smith is the PI for the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship and Nurse Faculty Loan Program at the College of Nursing. Dr. Smith was previously awarded the MUSC Outstanding Clinician Faculty Award, South Carolina Palmetto Gold Nurses’ Award, South Carolina Nurses’ Association Excellence in Nursing Practice Award, and the Charleston Regional Business Association Nurse Health Care Hero Award.