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Desiree E. Morgan, M.D.

Vice Chair of Education
Professor, Abdominal Imaging Section | 205-934-6309 | Location: JT N456

Desiree E. Morgan, MD is the Vice Chair of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a former program director of the UAB Diagnostic Radiology residency program. In her tenure as PD she led the residency through a formal strategic planning process in 2015 that is bearing fruit in the dynamic program you will find in the department today. Prior to being appointed the Vice Chair of Education, Dr. Morgan served as the UAB Department of Radiology Vice Chair of Clinical Research, where her duties centered on facilitating scholarly achievement and fostering collaborative research involving state of the art clinical imaging for physicians at all levels of training. She is a member of the Abdominal Imaging section and her clinical subspecialty focus in general is gastrointestinal radiology and in particular imaging of the pancreas and hepatobiliary system. Dr. Morgan’s departmental role as Director of MRI from 2005- 2015 enabled her to introduce new MR imaging techniques to UAB, including physiologic MR image acquisition and MR biomarker evaluation of intra-abdominal tumors. She is a tireless champion of abdominal and oncologic dual energy spectral CT at UAB. 

Since joining the faculty in 1993, Dr. Morgan has mentored numerous medical students, residents, and junior faculty in a variety of preclinical and clinical research endeavors. Her research interests include abdominal dual energy CT, physiologic abdominal MR imaging, and neoplastic and inflammatory conditions of the pancreas. Dr. Morgan is a Senior Scientist in the Experimental Therapeutics Program and served as the inaugural Director of the Human Imaging Shared Facility of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she continues to apply her expertise in Oncologic imaging to create a systematic approach to tumor imaging surveillance and the development and utilization of imaging biomarkers in patients participating in therapeutic clinical trials.

Dr. Morgan has won numerous teaching awards including the UASOM Argus Award, Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Medical Student Radiology Elective Awards, The UAB Department of Radiology Teacher of the Year Distinguished Faculty Award, Multiple Louisville Slugger (senior radiology resident) Awards. She is a thirteen time recipient of the “Top Ten” Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education; in 2013 she served as the Society of Abdominal Radiology Igor Laufer Traveling Professor, an honor reserved for outstanding physician educators. In 2016 Dr. Morgan was awarded the UAB Brewer-Heslin Award for Professionalism in Medicine, an honor reserved for the School of Medicine faculty member who upholds the highest ideals of integrity, honesty, and concern for his or her patients.

Dr. Morgan is a Fellow of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance and is both a Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Abdominal Radiology, serving as President Elect in 2019. She is active in many radiological organizations and serves on multiple national committees for the American Board of Radiology, the SCBTMR, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the Radiological Society of North America. Most recently she developed a national patient centered care curriculum for Radiology trainees for the RSNA, a program launched nationally in July 2018.

The UAB Department of Radiology serves a pivotal and critical role in support of comprehensive patient care provided by the UAB Health System. 

Over 81 highly trained radiologists in every sub-specialty field form the foundation of diagnostic and therapeutic services are available to patients throughout the country. 


The UAB Department of Radiology has active research in clinical, translational and basic science disciplines. Our research includes external funding portfolios and collaborative research with UAB and regional investigators.


Our mission is to graduate well rounded, excellently trained radiologists capable of performing and interpreting a comprehensive range of radiologic procedures, who embrace the challenge of life-long learning in Radiology.

Patient Care

Our physicians and staff provide continuous support for our inpatient and outpatient facilities, including the state’s only ACS certified adult Level I trauma center.