The Dr. Thomas Q. Morris Symposium on Medical Education

Thomas Q. Morris, M.D. spent nearly 50 years at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, beginning with his enrollment at the College of Physicians & Surgeons as a first-year medical student in 1954. Since then, he has held nearly every important position at the medical center. A Westchester native, Dr. Morris graduated from the University of Notre Dame before starting medical school. He received his M.D. in 1958, and completed his residency at the Columbia Division of Bellevue Hospital. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to Columbia for a fellowship, joining the P&S faculty in 1964. Throughout the years, he served as acting chairman of the Department of Medicine, associate dean for academic affairs, vice dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and interim dean for clinical and educational affairs. More recently, he was vice president for health sciences and vice dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and Alumni Professor of Clinical Medicine. He was also president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Hospital from 1985 to 1990.

Dr. Morris treated patients, taught medical students, and collaborated with physicians and scientists. Through his diverse activities, one commitment remained constant: his dedication to medical education. His influence on medical education reached beyond the campus boundaries, through his service to the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y., American University of Beirut, and numerous non-profit foundations. He was also a visiting physician at Bellevue Hospital and Harlem Hospital and a visiting professor in Iran.

An endowment was established to support an annual symposium in Tom Morris's name to explore the future of medical education. The symposium features participants who have promoted quality medical education in significant ways.

Join us for "Confession of a Converted Lecturer" with Eric Mazur, PhD, President, The Optical Society, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, and Area Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University.

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