Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, CHFN

School of Nursing
Clinical Associate Professor


Family Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Indiana State University (2013), MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner, Indiana State University (2009) BSN, Winston-Salem State University (2006) ADN, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (2005) BS in Exercise and Sports Science, East Carolina University (2001)

Practice Area:

Heart failure, family practice, convenience care clinics

Research Interest:

Heart Failure in the Adult Population and Quality of Life

Teaching Specialty:

Advanced practice nursing, Nursing theory, Evidenced-based practice

Dr. Whitaker-Brown is the DNP coordinator and a Clinical Assistant professor at the University of North Carolina -Charlotte. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Indiana State University in 2013. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has experience with heart failure patients in both the acute and outpatient setting.  She also follows family practice patients in the convenience care clinic setting. Her program of scholarship is devoted to translating heart failure research into practice. Her primary focus is on heart failure patients in the outpatient setting and quality of life. She has presented her findings both at the local and national level. Dr. Whitaker-Brown has been instrumental in coordinating partnerships between the UNCC School of Nursing and Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute’s Heart Failure clinic at Carolina’s Medical Center under the direction of  Dr. Sanjeev Gulati. She is involved in local and national organizations including the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Heart Failure Society of America, American Heart Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and Phi Kappa Phi.