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Katherine T. Morris, MD

  • Accepting New Patients
  • Member of OU Health Physicians
  • Primary Specialty: Surgical Oncology
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Practice Started: 12/31/2004
  • Gender: Female

About Katherine Morris

After completing a mathematics degree at the University of Washington, Dr. Morris studied medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where her interest was drawn to surgery.  During her training she was particularly affected by her rotations in cancer surgery, where her patients’ stories, concerns, triumphs, and heartbreak inspired her. During her seven years of general surgery residency at OHSU Dr. Morris completed two years of research in Surgical Oncology (cancer surgery).

After completing her general surgery residency, Dr. Morris completed a two-year Surgical Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, one of the world's leading cancer centers. Here she worked with masters in the field while helping patients with complex pancreas, liver, and metastatic colon cancers. This training emphasized multidisciplinary treatment of cancer, where close coordination between sub-specialists produces the best possible outcomes.

She then practiced in Portland, Oregon, for five years before taking a position at the University of New Mexico in 2010. There she expanded her efforts in laboratory based cancer research and was awarded an American Cancer Society grant to further her work. She joined the University of Oklahoma and Stephenson Cancer Center as an Associate Professor of Surgery and the G. Rainey Williams Chair for Surgical Research in the Fall of 2016.

Dr. Morris greatly enjoys her time caring for her patients, and considers it an honor to develop patient relationships that often last years. In addition, she continues to seek new treatments for cancer in the lab and finds great satisfaction in teaching the next generation of medical students and residents.

Affiliations OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center – Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinic, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center
Awards
  • Educational Excellence Award for Faculty, UNM 2015
  • Portland Business Journal Forty Under Forty 2009
  • UNM Department of Surgery Surgical Research Investigator Award 2013
  • UNM Department of Surgery Surgical Research Investigator Award 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 2015
  • Teaching Award from Residents and Medical Students, University of New Mexico-School of Medicine
  • G. Rainey Williams Chair for Surgical Research, OU College of Medicine 2018
  • University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Gold Humanism Award in Medicine 2012
  • Top Doctors, Albuquerque The Magazine 2012
  • Top Doctors, Albuquerque The Magazine 2013
  • Top Doctors, Albuquerque The Magazine 2014
  • Top Doctors, Albuquerque The Magazine 2015
  • Top Doctors, Albuquerque The Magazine 2016
  • Portland Monthly Magazine Top Doctors, Surgical Oncology 2009
Health Education
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, OR
    1996
  • Residency
  • General Surgery Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, OR
    2002
  • Fellowship
  • Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Focus Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, NY
    2005
  • Research Fellow - Section of Surgical Oncology Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, OR
  • Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery 2005
Medical Interests Areas of Interest:
  • Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeries including:
  • Pancreatic and liver resections
  • Gastrectomies
  • Small bowel resections
  • Intra-abdominal sarcoma resections
Research Interests:
  • Tumor Immune Microenvironment - Colorectal Cancer
  • Mechanisms and Predictors of Metastasis - Colorectal Cancer
  • Sex Differences in Gastrointestinal Cancer Progression and Response to Therapy
Special Clinical Interests:
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
  • Biliary Cancer
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