Dr. James Morris has been named the inaugural Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Veterans Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport and will serve as the liaison between GME, department chairs and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. He will provide support to the Designated Institution Officer and the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance in development of operation and capital planning for GME activities.
Dr. Morris has been very active with graduate medical education, serving as the Program Director for the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship and as a GME IRS subcommittee member. He is currently serving his second year as the General Faculty President, Chair of the School of Medicine Academic Societies, and Course Director for the GI liver course. He is the 2021 recipient of the Allen A. Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching and the ARCUS Humanitarian in Medicine Award. He serves as the President of the Louisiana Gastroenterology Society and Treasurer of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
As a sixteen-year faculty member, Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a member of the School of Medicine Admissions Committee at LSU Health Shreveport, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. Dr. Barton serves on the LSU System President’s Advisory Council and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Louisiana and Northwest Louisiana Medical Society, and numerous other professional organizations. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Barton earned a Master’s in Public Health from LSUS, a certificate from Harvard University School of Public Health in Healthcare Management and Leadership, and is currently pursuing an MBA from UT Dallas with a focus on health management and leadership.