Faculty Profile

Dr. Bryan Morse

Bryan C. Morse, MS, MD

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

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. 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.

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."


  • 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
  • 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, Membership Committee

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma: Advocacy and Outreach Committee, Membership and Bylaws Committee

  • Society for Critical Care Medicine

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