Dir., Partnerships for Healthcare Quality Research, & Dir., Community Relations, Hollings Cancer Ctr
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, FAAN - Clinical Assistant Professor, MUSC College of Nursing, Director of Outreach and Community Relations MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, and Director of Partnerships for Healthcare Quality Research, MUSC. Dr Bryant completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2011, and her masters of science in nursing in 2002. Dr. Bryant has related 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 outreach services in terms of geographic reach, scope of services, and number of individuals served annually. For instance, since 2005, she has successfully secured funding to design, develop, and implement a “lay” patient navigation program in breast cancer care at the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center, now serving over 600 patients annually. Dr. Bryant also developed and directed a safety-net mobile screening plus navigation program to reduce cancer disparities in coastal SC. Since its inception, more than 15,000 women have received mobile mammography screening and nearly 2,000 received navigation services in 11 counties. These programmatic efforts have successfully decreased the percentage of women who do not receive appropriate follow-up care after abnormal screening from 11% in 2009 to fewer than 5% in 2014; a two-fold decrease.
Dr. Bryant is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a 2014-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, and for her leadership efforts as a community-focused health advocate, honored as a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award. She is a former member of the Avon Foundation for Women—Access to Care Advisory Committee, and she was named an American Cancer Society Scholar in Nursing Practice. She also serves as a member of the Quality Improvement Committee for the largest and oldest Medicaid managed care organization in South Carolina, on The Alliance for a Healthier SC, Health Equity Team, and member of the steering committee to strengthen police/citizens relations in Charleston, SC. Dr. Bryant has been acknowledged as a “Woman of Achievement” with awards in community service from local organizations for her leadership, compassion, and professionalism. She continues to be recognized for her extraordinary contributions; and in 2012, she was featured in Ebony’s online magazine.