September 8, 2006

Morrow to lead Children’s Hospital trauma program

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Stephen Morrow, M.D.

Morrow to lead Children’s Hospital trauma program

Stephen Morrow, M.D., has been named to direct the Trauma Program for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The new position was created to expand on the trauma program's existing services, and will include the addition of several other positions in future.

“It was a great pleasure for me to have participated in the process of naming Steve as director,” said John Brock III, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Pediatric Urology and surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital.

“He has done a tremendous amount of homework in readying himself for this position and Dr. Dan Beauchamp, Dr. Wallace Neblett and I feel that we could not have found a better choice to lead us forward.

“Steve is an outstanding surgeon with excellent organizational skills and to that end the Children's Hospital has committed significant resources to help support this every important initiative.”

Thomas Abramo, M.D., medical director of the Pediatric Emergency Department, said the new program is a welcome addition to Children's Hospital.

“The development of a dedicated Pediatric Trauma service shows the commitment of Children's Hospital to the best care for critically ill and injured children in Middle Tennessee. With Dr. Morrow as the director, we in the Pediatric Emergency department anticipate great accomplishments.”

Morrow, who joined Vanderbilt in 2005, will continue to serve as an assistant professor of Pediatric Surgery.

"I feel very privileged to be a part of the development of our trauma program at Children's Hospital,” Morrow said.

“I'm looking forward to working with some very talented people to improve the care of injured children as well as to increase our efforts in trauma prevention."

Previously, Morrow was chief of Pediatric Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He held both positions since 1998.

He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt.

Morrow completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego. He also completed a research fellowship in pediatric surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and a pediatric surgery fellowship from The Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Morrow retired from the United States Navy in 2005 after 24 years of service. He served as a pediatric and trauma surgeon during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Morrow has authored more than a dozen articles for scholarly journals, and five textbook chapters.