Meet Dr. Debbie Chatman Bryant, RN
Dr. Debbie Chatman Bryant, RN, is a Berkeley County native who has spent her life working tirelessly to improve the lives of those in her community. She's a nurse, a mom, an educator, a scholar, and the wife of a 23 year US Army veteran.
Born and raised in Moncks Corner, SC, Debbie came of age in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. Her class was one of the first to be integrated, and throughout the early years of her education she was overlooked by teachers and classmates who did not want her there and wrote her off as incapable.
Encouraged by her parents, Debbie never gave up in the face of adversity. Her father used to tell her that “education equals independence, freedom, and the passage to success.” She referred to those words often, receiving her Doctorate in Nursing and encouraging educational excellence for all South Carolinians.
Debbie's interest in becoming a nurse developed during childhood. Debbie experienced personal childhood health challenges and during her treatments and hospitalizations, many of her care providers explained things in a way that Debbie and her parents could not understand.
That experience shaped Debbie’s professional career - she vowed that she would communicate to people in a way they would best understand. Further, she would work to increase healthcare access, reduce cost, and optimize the experience for all.
Debbie received her Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She is now the Associate Dean for Practice in the College of Nursing at MUSC, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and both a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2012) & Executive Nurse Fellow (2014-2017). She is the recipient of the Palmetto Gold Nursing Award and many other such acknowledgments for leadership, compassion and service.
Dr. Chatman Bryant is an active member of the National Black Nurses’ Association, the Quality Improvement Committee for Select Health of South Carolina and the Health Equity Team for The Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina.
Debbie is known for her knowledge, her public speaking and creativity in providing solutions, her innovative programs for the American Nurses Association, and her sustainable and cost-effective care delivery to hard-to-reach underserved communities.
Dr. Chatman Bryant has worked tirelessly to expand access to and affordability of cancer screenings and is known for engaging patients in a way that leads to better health outcomes for patients, providers and organizations.
Debbie is also proud of her community efforts outside of healthcare. After the heartbreaking massacre at Emanuel AME, Debbie helped lead a collaborative effort as part of the steering committee for the “Illumination Project,” at the request of former Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen.
The year-long preamble steering committee worked to foster an understanding of how to build better bridges between law enforcement and the communities they serve, with the goal of strengthening those ties while also reducing disparities and violent crime. The positive impact of this collaborative effort is featured in the new National Law Enforcement Museum in our nation’s capital.
Debbie lives in Goose Creek with her husband Jeff, retired Army. They have two grown children, Logan and Dionah.