Faculty Profile

Dr. Bryan Morse

Bryan C. Morse, MS, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Program Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Chief of Quality, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Chief of Acute Care Surgery B Service, Grady Memorial Hospital

Director of Trauma Research, Grady Memorial Hospital

Telephone 404.251.8917

Email: bryan.morse@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2013


Dr. Morse received his MD and did his general surgery residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, after which he came to the Emory University School of Medicine and did his surgical critical care residency and trauma fellowship at Grady Memorial Hospital. Upon completion of his postgrad work in 2011, he returned to Greenville and joined the Department of Surgery of the South Carolina School of Medicine. He joined Emory in 2013, and is based at Grady's Level I trauma center.

Dr. Morse is certified as an instructor of the ACS Basic Ultrasound for Surgeons and Advanced Ultrasound for Surgeons courses, as well as course director of the ACS Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma course (ASSET).

In 2014, Dr. Morse became a site investigator based at Grady for the Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i), a multi-center partnership sponsored by the Defense Health Program of the Department of Defense (DoD). The SC2i is charged with translating decision-making tools developed by the DoD for combat casualties to civilian critical care. Dr. Morse collects, stores, and analyzes various types of objective clinical data from trauma patients that have given informed consent.

Dr. Morse and his Morehouse School of Medicine colleagues Dr. K. Aviva Bashan and Dr. Jonathan Nguyen spearheaded the introduction of the Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) Program at Grady in 2016, and the hospital became the first facility in Georgia where the cutting-edge trauma procedure was performed. They also worked together to create the Grady Rescue and Endovascular Approaches to Trauma course (GREAT), which combines didactic material and simulation training using the latest catheter technology to teach other surgeons the procedure. In 2017, Dr. Morse became the primary site investigator for a DoD-funded, multicenter, prospective observational study of the REBOA device in trauma.

In 2017, Dr. Morse received the Hidden Gem Award from the Emory University School of Medicine in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Emory and beyond. In the nomination materials for the award, Emory Surgery chair Dr. John Sweeney stated, "As chief of the Emory General Surgery B Service at Grady, Dr. Morse has contributed greatly to the hospital's Acute Care Surgery Service. His skills in the operating room are such that he has become known as the go-to surgeon for minimally invasive procedures. As a clinical facilitator, he has been a major bridge builder during the process of merging the Emory and Morehouse trauma services."

When Dr. Christopher Dente stepped down as program director of the Grady-based, AAST-accredited acute care surgery fellowship in 2018, Dr. Morse assumed the position.


  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MS in Biosystems Engineering, Clemson University, 1998

  • MD, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, Class of 2004

  • General Surgery Residency, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville Hospital-University Medical Center, 2004-2009

  • Trauma Surgery Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital, 2009-2010

  • Surgical Critical Care Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital, 2010-2011

Honors and Awards

  • Hidden Gem Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2017

  • 1st Place Poster Presentation, Southeastern Surgical Congress, 2017

  • EAST Leadership Course Scholarship, 2016-2018

  • Faculty Mentor, 1st Place Georgia Institute of Technology BME Team, Spring 2014 Senior Biodesign Capstone Project Competition, "Open abdominal wall closure device"

  • Faculty Mentor, Second Place Team, "Magnet-guided intubation device," The InVenture Prize @ Georgia Tech Competition, Georgia Institute of Technology/ Georgia Public Broadcast System, 2011

  • Honorable Mention, Oriens Award for Careers in Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), 2011

  • First Place, Resident Paper Competition, Georgia Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons, 2010

  • Academic Resident of the Year Award, Academic Department of Surgery, Greenville Hospital System, 2009

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress: Fellow

  • Southwestern Surgical Congress: Fellow; Chair, Membership Committee; Multicenter Trials Committee

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma: Multicenter Trials Committee

  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma: Site Principal Investigator, Aortic Occlusion for Resuscitation in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (AORTA), AAST-sponsored multicenter working group

  • Society for Critical Care Medicine

  • State of Georgia ACS Committee on Trauma

Clinical Interests

  • Trauma/injury procedures

  • Abdomen and digestion disorder/procedure

  • Endocrine (gland)

  • Critical care

  • Head and neck

  • Liver, gallbladder, pancreas

  • Thoracic

  • Colon and rectal disorders/cancer

  • Venous disorders/procedures

  • Minimally invasive procedures

  • Hand, wrist, arm disorders/procedures

  • Hernia procedures

  • Diagnostic imaging/procedures

Research Interests

  • Clinical outcomes related to trauma and acute care surgery with specific focus on coagulopathy in critically injured trauma patients, penetrating cardiac injuries, quality improvement in acute care surgery and trauma, and clinical outcomes in geriatric patients after emergent surgery and trauma