Director, S-SPIRE Center, Department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine (2016 - Present)


Arden M. Morris is a professor of surgery, vice chair of clinical research, and director of the Stanford-Surgery Policy, Improvement Research and Education Center (S-SPIRE). In her research, she uses mixed methods to focus on improving quality and addressing disparities in the care of colorectal cancer patients. Her clinical work includes surgeries of the colon and rectum. Dr. Morris joined Stanford in 2016 from the University of Michigan where she was an associate professor and division chief of colorectal surgery. She earned her medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago followed by a general surgical residency at Oregon Health Sciences University and a colorectal fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She earned a master’s of public health at the University of Washington while participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. In addition to writing and speaking about quality of care, Dr. Morris deploys her expertise in service on policy panels such as National Quality Forum’s Consensus Standards and Approval Committee.