WVU HSC honors 2007 Distinguished Alumnus

Raymond F. Morgan, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia (UVA) was named the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus during an Oct. 19 ceremony at the Ramada Inn.

The Distinguished Alumnus award honors alumni whose successful careers and unselfish contributions to society have helped raise the quality of health care and have enhanced the prestige of West Virginia University School of Medicine.

As program director of Plastic Surgery at UVA, Dr. Morgan developed plastic surgery residency training programs.  Morgan was one of the first to establish the residency-integrated model in the United States.  His work serves as a template for the development of training programs at other universities.

Morgan serves as president-elect of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has served in leadership positions in numerous professional associations.    

He serves the international medical community as a member of the board of trustees of Physicians for Peace, a non-profit organization that provides medical care and education for health care providers throughout the Middle East.

Morgan also developed a fellowship in surgery of the hand, a fully integrated plastic surgery-orthopedic surgery program.  His clinical focus is wound healing and microcirculation. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters.

In addition to his medical degree at West Virginia University, Morgan received his undergraduate degree, a M.Ed. in higher education, and a D.M.D. in Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Morgan completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a fellowship in surgery of the hand at the Raymond M. Curtis National Hand Surgery Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

He then joined the Plastic Surgery Department at the University of Virginia where he has served as a member of the University Faculty Senate, the Health Services Foundation Board of Directors, and is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery.

In 1995, the UVA Board of Visitors established the Raymond F. Morgan Professorship in Plastic Surgery.

For more information on the WVU School of Medicine visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/.


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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 10-22-07

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