Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Melanie Morris joined the faculty as an associate professor of surgery in 2010. In 2016, she was named the chief of general surgery for the Birmingham VA hospital. A native of Tennessee, she completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University and her medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed her surgical residency in general surgery at Oregon Health and Science University and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Morris is a specialist in colon and rectal surgery who is dedicated to improving surgical outcomes and surgical education. She is the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project surgeon champion for UAB Hospital and actively improved in quality improvement projects to ensure the safest surgical care possible is delivered to our patients. She serves as an associate program director for the General Surgery Residency Program and mentors many residents and students.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Beyond Readmission: Improving Patient-Centered CareJournal of Surgical Research.  237:106-107. 2019
    2019 SSAT State-of-the-Art Conference: Advances in the Management of Rectal CancerJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  23:433-442. 2019
    2019 Virtual postoperative visits for new ostomatesComputers in Nursing.  37:73-79. 2019
    2019 Exploring Trajectories of Health Care Utilization Before and After SurgeryJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  228:116-128. 2019
    2019 Preoperative opioid use and postoperative pain associated with surgical readmissionsAmerican Journal of Surgery2019
    2018 Planning post-discharge destination for gastrointestinal surgery patients: Room for improvement?American Journal of Surgery.  216:912-918. 2018
    2018 Association between preoperative proteinuria and postoperative acute kidney injury and readmissionJAMA Surgery.  153. 2018
    2018 Burnout is Associated With Emotional Intelligence but not Traditional Job Performance Measurements in Surgical ResidentsCurrent Surgery.  75:1171-1179. 2018
    2018 Association of postoperative readmissions with surgical quality using a delphi consensus process to identify relevant diagnosis codesJAMA Surgery.  153:728-737. 2018
    2018 The Obese Colorectal Surgery Patient: Surgical Site Infection and OutcomesDiseases of the Colon and Rectum.  61:938-945. 2018
    2018 Risk of surgical site infection (SSI) following colorectal resection is higher in patients with disseminated cancer: An NCCN member cohort studyInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  39:555-562. 2018
    2018 Racial Disparities After Stoma Construction Exist in Time to Closure After 1¬†Year but Not in Overall Stoma Reversal RatesJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  22:250-258. 2018
    2018 Homeless Status, Postdischarge Health Care Utilization, and Readmission after SurgeryMedical Care.  56:460-469. 2018
    2017 Association between preoperative hemoglobin A 1c levels, postoperative hyperglycemia, and readmissions following gastrointestinal surgeryJAMA Surgery.  152:1031-1038. 2017
    2017 Reduced disparities and improved surgical outcomes for Asian Americans with colorectal¬†cancerJournal of Surgical Research.  218:23-28. 2017
    2017 The Fifth Vital Sign: Postoperative Pain Predicts 30-day Readmissions and Subsequent Emergency Department VisitsAnnals of Surgery.  266:516-524. 2017
    2017 Association of the modified frailty index with 30-day surgical readmissionJAMA Surgery.  152:749-757. 2017
    2017 Racial disparities in length-of-stay persist even with no postoperative complicationsJournal of Surgical Research.  214:14-22. 2017
    2017 Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Eliminates Racial Disparities in Postoperative Length of Stay After Colorectal SurgeryAnnals of Surgery2017
    2017 Primary Care Physician Perspectives on Barriers to Statin TreatmentCardiovascular Drugs and Therapy.  31:303-309. 2017
    2017 Hospital Readmissions after Surgery: How Important Are Hospital and Specialty Factors?Journal of The American College of Surgeons.  224:515-523. 2017
    2017 Venous thromboembolic events: How low can you go?American Journal of Surgery.  213:706-710. 2017
    2017 Emotional intelligence in surgery is associated with resident job satisfactionJournal of Surgical Research.  209:178-183. 2017
    2017 Mesh Migration into the J-Pouch in a Patient with Post-Ulcerative Colitis Colectomy: A Case Report and Literature Review.Case Reports in Surgery.  2017:3617476. 2017
    2016 Local repair of stoma prolapse: Case report of an in vivo application of linear stapler devicesAnnals of Medicine and Surgery.  11:32-35. 2016
    2016 Readmission rates after lower extremity bypass vary significantly by surgical indicationJournal of Vascular Surgery.  64:458-464. 2016
    2016 Transitional care interventions and hospital readmissions in surgical populations: a systematic reviewAmerican Journal of Surgery.  212:327-335. 2016
    2016 Racial Disparities in Readmissions for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) After Colorectal SurgeryJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  20:985-993. 2016
    2016 Postoperative 30-day readmission: Time to focus on what happens outside the hospitalAnnals of Surgery.  264:621-631. 2016
    2015 Imaging for Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseSurgical Clinics of North America.  95:1143-1158. 2015
    2015 Oral antibiotic bowel preparation significantly reduces surgical site infection rates and readmission rates in elective colorectal surgeryAnnals of Surgery.  261:1034-1040. 2015
    2014 A 100% departmental mortality review improves observed-to-expected mortality ratios and University HealthSystem Consortium rankingsJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  218:554-562. 2014
    2014 Adoption of preoperative oral antibiotics decreases surgical site infection for elective colorectal surgeryAmerican Surgeon.  80:E270-E273. 2014
    2014 The relationship between timing of surgical complications and hospital readmissionJAMA Surgery.  149:348-354. 2014
    2013 Oral antibiotic bowel preparation reduces length of stay and readmissions after colorectal surgeryJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  216:756-762. 2013
    2012 Preoperative oral antibiotics reduce surgical site infection following elective colorectal resectionsDiseases of the Colon and Rectum.  55:1160-1166. 2012
    2009 Novel management of closed degloving injuriesJournal of Trauma.  67. 2009
    2009 Testing of blood products in a polytrauma model: Results of a multi-institutional randomized preclinical trialJournal of Trauma.  67:856-864. 2009
    2009 Use of leukoreduced blood does not reduce infection, organ failure, or mortality following traumaWorld Journal of Surgery.  33:1626-1632. 2009
    2009 Thrombelastography versus AntiFactor Xa levels in the assessment of prophylactic-dose enoxaparin in critically ill patients.Journal of Trauma.  66. 2009
    2009 Thrombelastography versus antifactor Xa levels in the assessment of prophylactic-dose enoxaparin in critically ill patientsJournal of Trauma.  66:1509-1515. 2009
    2009 Reproducibility of an animal model simulating complex combat-related injury in a multiple-institution formatShock.  31:87-96. 2009
    2008 A novel highly porous silica and chitosan-based hemostatic dressing is superior to HemCon and gauze sponges.Journal of Trauma.  65. 2008
    2008 A novel highly porous silica and chitosan-based hemostatic dressing is superior to hemcon and gauze spongesJournal of Trauma.  65:884-890. 2008
    2008 Management and outcome of pneumatosis intestinalisAmerican Journal of Surgery.  195:679-683. 2008

    Research Overview

  • colon and rectal surgery, outcomes and quality improvement research
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Tennessee System : Memphis 2003
  • Oregon Health Science University Hospital & Clinic, Internship 2004
  • Oregon Health Science University Hospital & Clinic, Residency 2009
  • University of Texas Health Science Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2010
  • Full Name

  • Melanie Morris