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Endowed Chairs

Felesia Bowen
Felesia R. Bowen, PhD, RN, APN-BC
Assistant Professor
François-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair Community Pediatric Nursing

Dr. Bowen is director of the Center for Urban Youth and Families, an interprofessional research center at Rutgers School of Nursing, where she joined our faculty in 2010.

She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. Her research, informed by her clinical practice in urban health settings, focuses on health inequities, particularly in childhood asthma and oral health disease.

As a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), she is active in state and national nursing organizations. Dr. Bowen serves as a member of the Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health, an initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her nursing career began in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp, where she served in the first Gulf War. She earned her PhD in Nursing from Columbia University, MS in Nursing from Rutgers University; and her BS in Nursing from Tuskegee University.

Established through a gift from the FXB Foundation, this endowed chair supports research and scholarly activities that enhance comprehensive health care to vulnerable children and those with special needs.

Dr. Bowen may be contacted at

Rita Musanti
Rita Musanti, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP
Assistant Professor
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Endowed Professorship of Oncology Nursing

Dr. Musanti is a highly respected expert in oncology nursing and interventional, pre-clinical, and clinical trials research aimed at improving health and quality of life for cancer survivors. She joined our faculty in 2007. Her research, which focuses on physiological and psychological aspects of exercise in cancer survivorship, is informed by her clinical exercise physiologist certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and cancer exercise trainer certification from the ACSM/American Cancer Society.

A nationally certified adult nurse practitioner (APN) and advanced oncology nurse practitioner, Dr. Musanti was a pioneer in developing the oncology research nurse and APN roles at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ). Today, she is a member of CINJ’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. She earned her PhD in Nursing from Rutgers University, MSN from Seton Hall University, BA in Biology from Glassboro State College, and nursing diploma from Saint Joseph’s School of Nursing.

Endowed by the Hunterdon Health Fund, this professorship addresses health care needs of cancer survivors, especially among underserved populations.

Dr. Musanti may be contacted at


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