Education and Training
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Chief Resident in Pediatrics, Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
Pediatrics - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)Advanced Trauma Life SupportAmerican Board of PediatricsAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Critical Care MedicineBasic Life Support (BLS)Hospice and Palliative MedicinePediatric Advanced Life Support
MBE, Bioethics - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Attending Physician, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Attending Physician, Pediatric Advanced Care (palliative care) Team
Director, Pediatric Advanced Care Team
Associate Medical Director, Department of Medical Ethics
Associate Chief for Faculty Affairs, Division of Critical Care Medicine
Jean Cortner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Justin Michael Ingerman Endowed Chair for Palliative Care
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Kilbaugh TJ, Groll D, Morrison WE, Liebow N, Lantos JD: Ethics Rounds: Withholding information to protect a loved one. Pediatrics In Press 2016.
Madrigal VN, Carroll KW, Faerber JA, Walter JK, Morrison WE, Feudtner C: Parental sources of support and guidance when making difficult decisions in the pediatric intensive care unit. Journal of Pediatrics 169: 221-226, February 2016.
Keele L, Meert KL, Berg RA, Dalton H, Newth CJL, Harrison R, Wessel DL, Shanley T, Carcillo J, Morrison WE, Funai T, Holubkov R, Dean JM, Pollack M: for the NICHD Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network: Limiting and withdrawing life support in the PICU: For whom are these options discussed? Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 17(2): 110-120, February 2016.
Kon AA, Davidson JE, Morrison WE, Danis M, White DB: Shared decision making in ICUs" An American college of critical care medicine and American thoracic society policy statement. Critical Care Medicine 44(1): 188-201, January 2016.
Morrison WE, Faeber J, Hexem K, Ruppe M, Feudtner C: Children's hospital ICU nurse and physician rankings of important considerations in pediatric end-of-life decision-making. American Journal of Bioethics, Empirical Bioethics Epub ahead of print 2015.
Morrison WE, Womer J, Nathanson P, Kersun L, Hester DM, Walsh C, Feudtner C: Pediatricians' experience with clinical ethics consultation: a national survey. Journal of Pediatrics 167(4): 919-924, October 2015.
Meert KL, Keele L, Morrison WE, Berg RA, Dalton H, Newth CJL, Harrison R, Wessel DL, Shanley T, Carcillo J, Clark A, Holubkov R, Jenkins TL, Doctor A, Dean M, Pollack M, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network: End-of-life practices among tertiary care pediatric intensive care units in the U.S.: A Multicenter Study. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 16(7): e231-e238, September 2015.
Ragsdale L, Zhong W, Morrison WE, Munson D, Kang TI, Dai D, Feudtner C: Pediatric exposure to opioid and sedation medications during terminal hospitalizations in the United States, 2007-2011. The Journal of Pediatrics 166(3): 587-593, March 2015.
Feudtner C, Walter JK, Faerber JA, Hill DL, Carroll KW, Mollen C, Miller VA, Morrison WE, Munson D, Kang T, Hinds P: Good parent beliefs of parents of seriously ill children. JAMA Pediatrics 69(1): 39-47, January 2015.
Hill DL, Miller V, Walter JK, Carroll KW, Morrison WE, Munson DA, Kang TI, Hinds PS, Feudtner C: Regoaling: A conceptual model of how parents of children with serious illness change medical care goals. BMJ Palliative Care 13(9), March 2014 Notes: electronic published http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24625345.
Morrison WE, Lago P, Piva J, Meert K: Chapter 13: Integrating Palliative Care and Critical Care. Rogers' Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care, 5th Edition. Shaffner H & Nichols D (eds.). Wolters and Kluwer, Page: 122-131, 2016.
Morrison WE, Hunt E, Dean JM, Guerguerian AM: Chapter 7: Research Design and Statistical Analysis. Rogers' Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care, 5th Edition. Shaffner H & Nichols D (eds.). Wolters and Kluwer, Page: 57-76, 2016.
Morrison WE: Chapter 20: What Are the Ethical Considerations in Caring for Pediatric Patients?", Critical Care Ethics: A Practical Guide. Critical Care Ethics: A Practical Guide. Thompson DR & Kaufman D (eds.). Society of Critical Care Medicine, 3rd Edition, Page: 131-136, 2014.
Morrison WE: Chapter 10: How Should I Approach Demands for Therapy that is Deemed Futile? Critical Care Ethics: A Practical Guide. Thompson DR & Kaufman D (eds.). Society of Critical Care Medicine, 3rd edition: 59-66, 2014.
Morrison WE: Chapter 16: What Do I Need to Know About End-of-Life Care in Different Religions? Critical Care Ethics: A Practical Guide. Thompson DR & Kaufman D (eds.). Society of Critical Care Medicine, 3rd edition: 109-116, 2014.
Morrison WE, Kang T: Judging the quality of mercy: Drawing a line between palliation and euthanasia. Pediatrics 133(Suppl 1): S31-S36, February 2014.
Morrison WE: Chapter: Patient and Family Communication in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Requisites in Pediatric Critical Care. Davis D, Helfaer MA (eds.). Elsevier, Publication Pending 2013.
Madrigal VN, Morrison WE: Chapter 26: End of life care. Pediatric Neurocritical Care. Abend NS, Helfaer MA (eds.). Demos Medical Publishing, Page: 455-468, 2013.
Dunham B, Kazahaya K, Morrison WE: Chapter: Stridor and Upper Airway Obstruction. Requisites in Pediatric Critical Care. Davis D, Helfaer MA (eds.). Elsevier, Publication Pending 2013.
Morrison WE: Chapter: Palliative and End of Life Care. Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care: a Patient Case Method. Julie Perretta (eds.). 1st edition, F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, PA, October 2013.
Ukachi N, Morrison WE, VanHorn S, Sundaram R, Lantos JD: Ethics Rounds: A young adult Jehovah's Witness with severe anemia. Pediatrics 132(3): 547-551, September 2013.
Orioles A, Morrison WE: Chapter: Medical Ethics in Pediatric Critical Care. Critical Care Clinics. Margaret Parker (eds.). 29(2): 359-375, April 2013.
Lanctot D, Morrison WE, Koch KD, Feudtner C: Spiritual dimensions. Palliative Care for Infants, Children, and Adolescents: A Practical Handbook. Carter BS, Levetown M, Friebert SE (eds.). The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2nd edition, 2011.
Morrison WE, Hunt E, Guerguerian AM: Chapter: Research design and statistical analysis. Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care. Nichols DG (eds.). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 4th edition, 2008.
Posters and Presentations
Ishizuka M, Boyer DL, Morrison WE, Lockman JL, Napolitano N, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM, Nishisaki A: Evidence-based ICU fellow tracheal intubation skill milestones. Critical Care Medicine 42(12): #296, December 2014 Notes: Poster Presentation at 44th Critical Care Congress, January 2015, Phoenix, AZ.
"Hope Lives Here: Working with Families Chasing Only a Chance for A Cure", 8th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference, Herbert University Center, University of North Florida, November 6, 2015, Jacksonville, FL.
"Reflective Writing Session" (Using Creativity Towards Self Care and Patient, & Care) Ethics Committee Retreat, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, October 8, 2015, Omaha, NE
"Deciphering 'utility' in Pediatrics" History and Definitions, Ethics Committee Retreat, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, October 8, 2015, Omaha, NE
"Titrating Ownership of Decision-Making at the End of Life", Pediatric Grand Rounds at Maimonides Infant's and Children's Hospital, June 2, 2015, Brooklyn, NY
"Ethics in Research" Panel discussion with Rob Graham, MD & Vanessa Battista, RN, CRNP at CureSMA annual Meeting, June 20, 2015, Kansas City, MO
"Holy Cow, what do we do now? Transitioning pediatric patients directly from the ICU to home at the end of life". Panel at the Pennsylvania Hospice Network Annual Meeting, Harrisburg, PA
"My Sister's Keeper: Siring Offspring for Transplantation", Lecture at CHOP Specialty Care Center, April 29, 2015, Princeton, NJ
"Advanced Medical Technologies and Palliative Care", Moderator to the session Advanced Topics in Palliative Care, and Faculty Champion, Joint National Meeting of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, February 25, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
"Performing Compassionate Extubation: Cases, Pearls and Pitfalls" Panelist for this talk at the Joint National Meeting of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, February 28, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
"NPs vs MDs: Turf Wars", Panel discussion organized by the Student Healthcare Alliance at Penn (SHAPE) and Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG), December 9, 2014, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
"Reflective writing: using creativity to care for yourself while caring for your patients" Palliative Care Month Lecture Series, Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, NY
"Ethics in Research, session at the 2014 Annual Spinal Muscular Atrophy Conference, June 14, 2014, Washington, DC.
Poster Moderator for the Epidemiology and Outcomes Category, at the 43rd Critical Care Congress Meeting, January 12, 2014, San Francisco, CA
"Post-Traumatic Stress Responses in Pediatric ICU Patients and Their Parents", panel session at the 43rd Critical Care Congress Meeting, January 13, 2014, San Francisco, CA
Poster Moderator for the Patient and Family Support, at the 43rd Critical Care Congress Meeting, January 10, 2014, San Francisco, CA
Awards and Honors
2015 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2014 Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation
2013 Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation
2013 Grenvik Family Award for Ethics, Society of Critical Care Medicine
2011 Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll 2010-2011, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2011 American College of Critical Care Medicine - selected for membership
2011 Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation
2011 College of Physicians of Philadelphia - selected for membership
2010 Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll 2009-2010, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009 Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll 2008-2009, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2008 Winner, "Five years of duty hours" poetry contest, American Medical Association
2008 Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation
2008 Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Teaching Award for Critical Care Division, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2006 National Alumnae Board, The Hutchinson School, Memphis, TN
2005 Annual Alexander J. Shaffer faculty teaching award
1992-1993 Pew Fellowship for Research in Nutrition, Rockefeller University
1989-1994 Catherine Easterling Mountcastle Scholarship
1989 Phi Beta Kappa
1985-1989 Harold Sterling Vanderbilt Honor Scholarship (full tuition for undergraduate)
1985 Presidential Scholar for the State of Tennessee
Editorial and Academic Positions
2014-present, Editorial Board, American Academy of Pediatrics PREP ICU
2014, ad hoc, Pediatric Drugs
2013, Journal of Pediatrics
2012, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
2011, American Journal of Bioethics
2011-present, Hospital Drive, A Journal of Reflective Practice in Word and Image
2010-present, American Journal of Bioethics - Primary Research
Academic and Institutional Committees
2013-present, Education Advisory Committee
2008-present, Scholarship Oversight Committee for Division of Cardiology Fellowship Program, Department of Pediatrics
2007-present, Physician co-leader for the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Rounds
2005-present, Ethics Committee
Patient Experience Ratings
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