Desiree E. Morgan, M.D.

Vice Chair Clinical Research, Director MRI, and Director Human Imaging Shared Facility 
Professor, Body Imaging Section
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As the Department of Radiology Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Dr. Morgan’s duties to the Department center on facilitating scholarly achievement and fostering collaborative research involving state of the art clinical imaging for physicians at all levels of training. Her subspecialty interests in general lie in gastrointestinal radiology and advanced imaging of the pancreas. She serves the department as Director of MRI and has introduced new MR imaging techniques to UAB, including physiologic MR acquisition and MRI biomarker evaluation of tumors and normal tissues within the pancreas and other intraabdominal organs. Much of that research effort involves translation of novel imaging biomarker techniques to patients through collaboration with investigators in the Molecular Imaging Lab of the UAB Department of Radiology Division of Advanced Medical Imaging Research. Dr. Morgan’s personal research interests in dual energy CT and quantitative imaging metrics lend themselves to expansion of these sophisticated imaging techniques that go beyond anatomy to investigate tumoral response on a cellular level to a broader role in clinical trials. Dr. Morgan is the PI of the Comprehensive Core for Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Analysis and Development. The overarching mission of this core is to create the infrastructure to facilitate the incorporation of advanced imaging methods and provide standardized quantitative analyses of imaging biomarkers to UAB researchers in the preclinical, translational and clinical domains, and to provide an environment where interdepartmental researchers collaborate to perform research analysis and integrate advances in novel imaging technologies during early stages of biomarker development. As a Senior Scientist in the Experimental Therapeutics Program of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Morgan serves on the Clinical Trial Review Committee, the GI Working Group, and the Pancreas SPORE. She directs the Human Imaging Shared Facility, overseeing the administration of Radiologic services in support of UAB CCC research endeavors, including therapeutic clinical trials of the CCC. These activities provide insight for continual improvement of the Radiology Department’s goals to give value-added support for cancer related studies with human imaging components. Dr. Morgan also serves the UAB Department of Radiology as the MRI modality working group leader, is a member of the medical student education committee, and sits on the Oversight Committee for Cyclotron Innovations for Alabama.

For the University, Dr. Morgan is the co-chair of the UASOM Imaging Strategic Planning Committee, serves on the executive committee of I3. Nationally, she is a Fellow of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, and is an active member of the Radiological Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Society of Abdominal Radiology, serving on scientific program committees of each. In addition, she has been a Gastro-Intestinal Radiology examiner for the American Board of Radiology since 2005, and served on the Society of Nuclear Medicine Task Force on Education for Molecular Imaging. She is the local PI for ACRIN 6690, and is a member of the ACRIN Abdominal Scientific Committee.

Dr. Morgan has numerous teaching awards including ten “Top Ten” teaching awards from the residents of the UAB Department of Radiology, two “Louisville Slugger” teaching awards from the senior residents, two Outstanding Faculty Lecturer awards, and the UASOM Argus Award from medical students at UAB. She was recognized with the UAB Department of Radiology Distinguished Faculty Award in 1997. She enjoys serving as a mentor to many medical students during their research core curriculum experience in the UAB Department of Radiology.