Morris appointed to Hurst Chair

A cardiologist whose name is synonymous with heart care at Emory has been appointed to a new professorship named for an Emory colleague whose name is synonymous with heart care worldwide.

Douglas C. Morris, director of The Emory Heart Center, has been named the first J. Willis Hurst Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine. According to Hurst, for whom the endowed chair was named, the appointment of Morris to the professorship is a natural fit.

"I am extremely pleased that Dr. Morris has been selected to receive the J. Willis Hurst Chair of Medicine," said Hurst, a consultant to the Division of Cardiology, active professor emeritus in the School of Medicine and editor and author of seven editions of what is considered the definitive cardiology text, The Heart (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990). "The selection also will please those who contributed to the creation of the chair. Dr. Morris trained with us here at Emory and joined the Emory faculty in 1973. He has earned a national reputation as a superb clinician and excellent teacher. He has all of the qualities that I believe should be incorporated in a compassionate physician. His leadership qualities are evident, and the Emory Heart Center will be in very capable hands."

As head of the Emory Heart Center, Morris is responsible for clinical cardiac services at Emory Hospital (consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation's top 10 heart hospitals), the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Crawford Long Hospital, The Emory Clinic and its neighborhood satellites, Center for Heart Failure, cardiac rehabilitation program, Arrhythmia Center and PET (positron emission tomography) Center.

-- Lorri Preston

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