Research on the Quality of Cancer Care in Diverse Populations

Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, FACS

Arden Morris, MD, MPH, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Associate Professor of Health Behavior Health Education, and chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Morris earned her medical degree at Rush Medical College and completed General Surgery training at Oregon Health and Science Institute. She earned a Master’s of Public Health degree with a Health Services focus while in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at University of Washington. Dr. Morris completed her training with a Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at University of Minnesota and joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2003. Clinically, Dr. Morris manages all aspects of laparoscopic and open colon and rectal surgery for cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and benign conditions of the colon, rectum, and anus. Academically, Dr. Morris is interested in the quality of surgical care and disparities in care. She has published extensively on processes and outcomes of cancer care, and on disparities in the quality of surgical care. She recently completed a mixed methods study funded by the American Cancer Society to understand variations in care among socially vulnerable populations and has begun a four-year population-based survey in Georgia and Michigan to understand the influence of patient-provider relationships on the quality of colorectal cancer care. Dr. Morris actively participates in national policy work, including co-chairing the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee for Surgical Quality Measures. She has served on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and on a variety of national technical advisory panels and committees primarily focused on quality of care.

Selected Key Papers

  1. Morris AM, Walters T, Galandiuk S; Members of the Evidence-Based Reviews in Surgery Group. Canadian Association of General Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Canadian Society of Colorectal Surgeons, and the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons: evidence-based reviews in surgery-colorectal surgery. Dis Colon Rectum, 2009 May;52(5):1003-5.
  2. Morris AM, Billingsley KG, Hayanga AJ, Matthews B, Baldwin LM, Birkmeyer JD. Residual treatment disparities after oncology referral for rectal cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst, 2008;100(10):738-744.
  3. Morris AM, Baldwin LM, Matthews B, Dominitz JA, Barlow WE, Dobie SA, Billingsley KG. Reoperation as a quality indicator in colorectal surgery: A population-based analysis. Ann Surg, 2007;245(1):73-79.
  4. Lucas FL, Stukel TA, Morris AM, Siewers AE, Birkmeyer JD. Race and surgical mortality in the United States. Ann Surg, 2006; 243(2):281-6.
  5. Morris AM, Wei Y, Birkmeyer N, Birkmeyer J. Racial Disparities in Late Survival after Rectal Cancer Surgery. J Am Coll Surg, 2006; 203(6):787-94.
  6. Breslin TM, Morris AM, Gu N, Wong S, Finlayson EV, Banerjee M, Birkmeyer JD. Hospital factors and racial disparities in mortality after surgery for breast and colon cancer. J Clin Oncol, Aug 20 2009: 3945-3950

Selected Projects

  1. American Cancer Society, “Understanding and Reducing Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Surgery.” (1/1/2006-12/31/2010)
  2. Jeffrey A. Colby Colon Cancer Research Fund, “Race and Patient Perspectives on Use of Adjuvant Therapy for Colon Cancer.” (6/1/2007-5/30/2009)

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