Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH is Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Surgery. She recently served on the National Quality Forum Consensus Standards and Approval Committee and was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. As a practicing surgeon and health services researcher, she uses quantitative and qualitative methods to focus on quality, patient centered care, and disparities in care. Dr. Morris is completing analyses for a collaborative multicenter mixed methods study to understand patient and provider influences on decision making and the quality of colorectal cancer care. Her results have provided critical information on the importance of doctor-patient communication, patient values, and socioeconomic considerations in shaping treatment decisions. She next intends to study the implementation of patient-centered policies in ways that support patient-provider relationships, facilitate coordination of care, and explicitly engage patients in their care.
Dr. Morris was recently recruited by Stanford University to develop and lead the Stanford-Surgery Policy Improvement Research and Education (S-SPIRE) Center. With goals to improve the value of healthcare through research that informs policy and implementation, to develop innovative mixed methodologies, and to create a community of surgical health services researchers at Stanford, S-SPIRE Center has already assembled an interdisciplinary team that includes clinical and research faculty with expertise in implementation science, health economics, bioinformatics, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies.