Stephanie Morris, MD, Wins Young Clinician Award



NEWTON, Mass. (July 17, 2008)   Stephanie N. Morris, MD, Associate Medical Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, is a recipient of the Young Clinician Award given to outstanding doctors who also want to pursue a career in research. The CIMIT-administered award is worth $50,000 and is funded by Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Office of Science and Technology.

“Dr. Morris is skilled and effective in clinical, classroom and research environments. This award will enable her to pursue her research as well as provide valuable care to patients in the area of reproductive health,” said Keith Isaacson, MD, Medical Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and site miner for CIMIT at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

The title of Dr. Morris’ current research project is, Ovarian cryopreservation and transplantation: Expanding existing techniques to fertility preservation for female cancer patients.

The treatment of cancer with chemotherapy or radiation can lead to iatrogenic infertility. Dr. Morris says the options for women to preserve their fertility during this treatment are limited, complex and often expensive. “My long-range goal is to be able to offer Newton-Wellesley Hospital patients the option of ovarian cryopreservation.”

In her upcoming research, Dr. Morris’ goal is “to collaborate with laboratory researchers on the cryopreservation and thawing techniques of ovarian tissue, as this is paramount to the success of the treatment.” She said that her research team will be looking into ways to improve, if possible, existing techniques of cryopreservation and tissue thawing.

“Dr. Morris is a talented researcher as well as a skillful clinician,” said CIMIT Executive Director John Parrish, MD. “This award will help her to pursue her study in a very important area of medical need.”

Dr. Morris completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, and received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and her fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her special interests include minimally invasive gyn surgery including complex laparoscopy, advanced hysteroscopy and office-based procedures such as hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation and sterilization. She resides in Brookline with her husband and children.

CIMIT is the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. A non-profit consortium of Boston-area teaching hospitals and engineering schools, CIMIT provides innovators with resources to explore, develop and implement novel technological solutions for today’s most urgent healthcare problems.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is a full system member of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (PHCS), a nonprofit organization that includes acute care hospitals Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, The North Shore Medical Center, and specialty hospitals McLean Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, and the community-based doctors and hospitals of Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides a wide range of services, including medical, surgical, obstetrical, orthopaedic, neonatal, pediatric and psychiatric care. Newton-Wellesley has been serving its community for over a century. The medical staff of the Hospital includes nearly 1,000 physicians practicing a full range of specialties. NWH is a major teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and also has established post-graduate training programs for Harvard Medical School residents.

Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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