Wynne E Morrison

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Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-7430
Fax: 215-590-4327
B.A. (English)
Vanderbilt University, 1989.
M.D. (Medicine)
Vanderbilt University, 1994.
MBE (Bioethics)
University of Pennsylvania, 2009.
American Board of Pediatrics, 1998.
American Board of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, 2002.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2008.
Recertification, American Board of Pediatrics, 2012.
Recertification, American Board of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, 2012.
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), 2014.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), 2014.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), 2015.
Basic Life Support (BLS), 2015.
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Description of Bioethics Expertise

Areas of Expertise:

• Pediatric critical care
• Pediatric palliative care
• Clinical ethics consultation


Wynne Morrison is a physician in critical care and palliative care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with board certification in Pediatrics as well as in the subboards of Pediatric Critical Care and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her medical practice involves caring for children confronted with acute, life-threatening processes such as cancer, trauma or severe infections, as well as children with complex chronic conditions who require recurrent hospitalization. She also cares for some children who are dependent on life-sustaining technologies, such as mechanical ventilation or renal replacement therapy, on a long-term basis. Her practice in palliative care involves caring for children with potentially life-limiting illnesses, both in the hospital and at home, often in conjunction with regional hospice agencies. Her academic appointment is as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the director of the fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and serves as a member of the hospital ethics committee as well as physician co-leader of the hospital’s Schwartz Center Rounds (www.theschwartzcenter.org). She teaches ethics and professionalism in several courses at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she has been a small group leader for the introductory cultural competency class, the longitudinal “Doctoring” class on social issues, communication and professionalism, and the graduating senior course on ethics. She obtained her Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. In addition, she is a published poet and founded the annual Arts and Humanities hour for staff at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has served as a clinical ethics consultant since 2002, including consultation on adult patients from her time as Vice-Chair of the ethics committee at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She also served on the committee to develop and enforce a Professional Code of Conduct at that institution. Her published works have focused on clinical and psychosocial outcomes after pediatric critical illness, the work environment in the ICU and its impact on staff, patient-family-physician communication, family-centered care, spirituality, and end-of-life care. She served as a subcommittee co-head for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Task Force on Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care. She is a site principal investigator for a multicenter study of the needs of bereaved parents of children who die in the ICU as well as of a multicenter study to develop a tool to assess the quality of pediatric death and dying. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics as well as the American College of Critical Care Medicine Ethics Committee.


BA (English), Vanderbilt University, 1989
MD, Vanderbilt University, 1994
Pediatrics Residency and Chief Residency, Stanford University, 1994-1998
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1999-2002
MBE (Bioethics), University of Pennsylvania, 2009
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