Research Profile: Dr. Timothy Morris, Clinical and Research Specialist in VTE

Dr. Timothy MorrisTimothy Morris, MD, has received a 5-year R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his study, “Deep vein thrombosis and chronic thrombotic venous disease.”

The goal of the study is to find out why deep vein thrombi fail to dissolve completely in some individuals, leaving them with blood clot remnants that become scars and obstruct blood flow.

This condition, called chronic thrombotic venous disease, can cause disfigurement and chronic leg pain.   |  Read the public abstract of Dr. Morris’s grant

Dr. Morris, Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is a clinical and research specialist in venous thromboembolism (VTE).

He helped create the VTE prevention protocols for which the UCSD Medical Center has won national recognition.

Dr. Morris has received a number of honors and research funding awards for his work.

He was recently awarded the American College of Chest Physicians and The CHEST Foundation “Grant in Venous Thromboembolism” for 2009-2011 for a multicenter project entitled “User-Friendly VTE Prophylaxis.”In May of this year, the American Thoracic Society honored Dr. Morris with the “Certificate of Achievement as the Clinical Expert in Pulmonary Embolism.”

The California Thoracic Society named him Outstanding Clinician for 2008.

In 2003, Dr. Morris was awarded the first-ever “Distinguished Scholar in Thrombosis” by The CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians.

The award, given for his project “Learning From Ourselves: Application of the Continuous Quality Improvement Model for the Management of Pulmonary Embolism,” was accompanied by a four-year salary support grant.

Dr. Morris is clinical service chief of the pulmonary and critical care program at the Hillcrest campus of the UCSD Medical Center. In addition, he is Medical Director of Respiratory Care and the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.

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