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Debbie Chatman Bryant DNP, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean for Practice

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  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Nursing
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Debbie Chatman Bryant is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Practice in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA, her Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Bryant holds certificates in Polarity Thinking, Coaching for Greater Effectiveness, and as a 360 Assessment Facilitator. 

Dr. Bryant is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a 2014-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, and a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award. She was named an American Cancer Society Scholar in Nursing Practice and has also received acknowledgements as a woman of achievement from local groups for leadership, compassion, and service. Dr. Bryant serves on the Quality Improvement Committee for Select Health of South Carolina, the Health Equity Team for The Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, and as a steering committee member for the Illumination Project designed to strengthen police/citizens relations in Charleston, SC. She is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association, Charleston Tri-County Chapter.

Dr. Bryant has depth and breadth of experience in cancer control, working both at the administrative and grassroots community-based levels. She directs strategic priority as well as design and implements new programs to improve the adoption and access to cancer prevention and control programs and treatment services. During the past decade, Dr. Bryant has expanded cancer control outreach programming in terms of geographic reach, scope of services, and number of individuals served. She is recognized for her perseverance and innovation in executing strategies that respect and engage diverse communities as active participants in realistic and practical steps to improve health and health outcomes. She is best known for her commitment to improving processes, engaging stakeholders, and energizing individuals and organizations to improve health while simultaneously mentoring nurses, students, and health care leaders in their professional growth and development.