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Gayenell S. Magwood PHD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Gayenell S. Magwood is Professor and Myrtle Irene Brown Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing. She is a preeminent nurse scientist, educator, and advocate, whose dynamic nursing career has spanned over 30 years. Dr. Magwood's journey began as a surgical/trauma critical care nurse, where she honed her skills and developed a rich clinical background, including roles such as Clinical Nurse Specialist and clinical transplant coordinator.


Dr. Magwood's expertise in community-engaged health equity research has earned her recognition nationally and internationally. Her early career was marked by her establishment as a vital voice for health equity and social justice, a role she continues to excel in. Dr. Magwood’s scholarly contributions include numerous peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters focusing on health disparities, health equity, and minority health research. Her research has received substantial backing from prestigious institutions such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA).


As a testament to her exceptional leadership and accomplishments in her field, Dr. Magwood has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the American Heart Association (FAHA). She also served as Board President of the Lowcountry AHA affiliate, further emphasizing her commitment to cardiovascular health and wellness in her community.