News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine , Woodruff Health Sciences

Jun. 23,  2010

Douglas Morris Named Interim Director of The Emory Clinic

News Article ImageDouglas C. Morris, MD

Douglas C. Morris, MD, has been named interim director of The Emory Clinic, effective Sept. 1.

Morris' appointment was announced today by S. Wright Caughman, MD, who on September 1 becomes interim executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and chairman of the board, Emory Healthcare. Caughman has served as director of The Emory Clinic since 2004.

Morris, the J. Willis Hurst Professor of Medicine (cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine, currently serves as director of the Emory Heart & Vascular Center, a role he has held since 1993. Under Morris' leadership, the Center and thus its heart and vascular programs have been consistently ranked in the top 10 of U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the nation's best heart and vascular centers. In addition, many of these physicians have been recognized as Atlanta's "Top Doctors" by Atlanta magazine each year since 1999.

In his new role as interim director of The Emory Clinic, the physician group practice of Emory Healthcare, Morris will work closely with Chief Operating Officer Donald Brunn to manage all facets clinic operations. Morris will serve as the executive physician liaison for integration of Clinic physician services across four Emory Healthcare hospitals and affiliated or joint venture hospital systems. The position will continue to report to John T. Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, and Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory School of Medicine.

"Dr. Morris has demonstrated excellence as a leader in several roles at Emory, and he is highly respected as a clinician and administrator by his colleagues," says Caughman. "Given his experience and personal attributes, combined with his strategic knowledge of Clinic operations, he is the right person for the unique opportunities and challenges head.

"In addition to welcoming Dr. Morris, I want to recognize and thank Dr. Penny Castellano, chief medical officer for the Clinic's clinical operations, and Dr. Ira Horowitz, associate director and assistant dean of clinical services for the Clinic, for their excellent leadership and look forward to their contributions for our future success," says Caughman.

The Emory Clinic is the largest physician group practice in Georgia. It has more than 1,500 physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and other providers, and more than 30 locations in Atlanta and throughout the state. The Emory Clinic employs 2,336 people and provided 2,074,095 patient services in 2009. Facilities on the Emory Clifton Road campus include multispecialty and primary care sites, Winship Cancer Institute, and geriatric outpatient care at Wesley Woods.

Physicians of The Emory Clinic practice at sites throughout metro Atlanta, including Emory Midtown (12 specialties), Executive Park (orthopaedics), Decatur, DeKalb Medical Center, Dunwoody, Emory Eastside, Emory Johns Creek, Flat Shoals Parkway, Hillandale, Perimeter, Rockdale, Smyrna, Sugarloaf, WellStar Kennestone, Cumming, Cartersville, Stockbridge and Villa Rica. In addition to those in metro Atlanta, the clinic has heart and vascular sites throughout the state. The clinic also manages Emory Specialty Associates, an outreach physician group practice organization.

Morris says, "I am very pleased to be able to help lead The Emory Clinic in the months ahead, as there are many opportunities for us to continue to provide excellent clinical care to residents of Atlanta and the region."

From 1986 until the present, Morris served as director of the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center located at Emory University Hospital Midtown. In 1996 he was designated J. Willis Hurst Professor of Medicine in Emory's School of Medicine, and in 1999 he was appointed vice-chair of the Department of Medicine.

After receiving his BA in chemistry from Duke University and his MD from Baylor College of Medicine, Morris completed his internship and residencies at Vanderbilt University Hospitals in Nashville. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at Emory University Hospitals in 1975 and was then appointed an assistant professor.

Morris has been awarded "Outstanding Teacher" seven years in a row by his students. He received the J. Willis Hurst Award for excellence in teaching cardiology in 1995 and 2000 and the Juha Kokko award for the same in internal medicine in 2007. He has been a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) since 1978, co-chairing the ACC Scientific Sessions from 1996 through 2000. 


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