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Frank H. Morriss. Jr.

Professor,  Pediatrics

Contact Information

Phone: +1 319 384 6530
Email: frank-morriss@uiowa.edu


BA, Chemistry, University of Virginia
MD, Medicine, Duke University
Internship, Pathology, Duke University Medical Center
Internship, Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center
Residency, Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship, Neonatology, Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship, Perinatal Medicine, University of Colorado Medical Center
MPH, Public Health, Harvard University


Primary: Pediatrics

Centers and Program Affiliations

Research Interests

clinical effectiveness, clinical epidemiology, health services research, , neonatal outcomes

MeSH Terms from Publications

Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Medication Systems, Hospital, Automatic Data Processing, Drug Toxicity, Medication Errors, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Premature, Parturition, Humans, Cytochrome P-450 CYP2D6, Premature Birth, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Abortion, Spontaneous, Oxygen Inhalation Therapy, Diffusion of Innovation, Abortion, Induced, Risk Management, Infant Mortality, Infant, Very Low Birth Weight, Workload, New York, Nursing Staff, Hospital, Urinary Tract Infections, Analgesics, Opioid, Systole

Research Summary

Recent research projects have included:
Clinical effectiveness studies, particularly interventions that affect patient safety;
Clinical epidemiology investigations in neonatology, especially clinical and genetic factors that contribute to morbidity. mortality and quality of outcomes; and
Health services research studies, particularly neonatal access to care.

Recent Publications

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  1. Dagle, J, Fisher, T, Haynes, S, Berends, S, Brophy, P, Morriss, F, Murray, J. Cytochrome P450 (CYP2D6) genotype is associated with elevated systolic blood pressure in preterm infants after discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit. J Pediatr 159(1):104-9, 2011. [PubMed]
  2. Morriss, F, Abramowitz, P, Nelson, S, Milavetz, G, Michael, S, Gordon, S. Risk of adverse drug events in neonates treated with opioids and the effect of a bar-code-assisted medication administration system. Am J Health Syst Pharm 68(1):57-62, 2011. [PubMed]
  3. Bell, E, Hansen, N, Morriss, F, Stoll, B, Ambalavanan, N, Gould, J, Laptook, A, Walsh, M, Carlo, W, Shankaran, S, Das, A, Higgins, R. Impact of timing of birth and resident duty-hour restrictions on outcomes for small preterm infants. Pediatrics 126(2):222-31, 2010. [PubMed]
  4. Morriss, F, Abramowitz, P, Carmen, L, Wallis, A. "Nurses Don't Hate Change" -- survey of nurses in a neonatal intensive care unit regarding the implementation, use and effectiveness of a bar code medication administration system. Healthc Q 12 Spec No Patient:135-40, 2009. [PubMed]
  5. Morriss, F, Abramowitz, P, Nelson, S, Milavetz, G, Michael, S, Gordon, S, Pendergast, J, Cook, E. Effectiveness of a barcode medication administration system in reducing preventable adverse drug events in a neonatal intensive care unit: a prospective cohort study. J Pediatr 154(3):363-8, 368.e1, 2009. [PubMed]
  6. Swingle, H, Colaizy, T, Zimmerman, M, Morriss, F. Abortion and the risk of subsequent preterm birth: a systematic review with meta-analyses. J Reprod Med 54(2):95-108, 2009. [PubMed]