CMU Health doctor honored

Society of Critical Care Medicine award recognizes excellence in teaching, research

| Author: Gary H. Piatek

Central Michigan University Health's Dr. Chet Morrison has been awarded a Presidential Citation by the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

The SCCM promotes excellence in teaching and research with the goal of improved care of critically ill and injured patients. Awards are given annually to critical care practitioners and other health care providers who demonstrate dedication and innovation to the field of critical care.

“This honor is a reflection of Dr. Morrison’s careerlong commitment to the foremost international critical care organization and all of his contributions, accomplishments and expertise in this discipline,” said Dr. Stephanie Duggan, regional president of Ascension Michigan’s northern ministries.

In 2019, Morrison joined CMU Health’s Washington Avenue surgery clinic and Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital Trauma Center in Saginaw, Michigan, as a trauma and critical care surgeon. He also serves as an associate professor of surgery for CMU College of Medicine.

"We are proud to have Dr. Morrison represent CMU to the region,” said Dr. Samuel Shaheen, executive director of CMU Medical Education Partners. “Citations of this capacity are reserved for passionate medical professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields. This is a great achievement.”

Morrison attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science in Washington, D.C., and completed residencies in general surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado.

He furthered his specialty training with a trauma and critical care fellowship at the University of Maryland’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition, he served in the United States Army for 14 years before resigning his commission in 2005. His experience in the Army, along with several positions as a trauma and critical care surgeon, has given Morrison a foundation and niche in the critical care field.

He will be presenting on “Critical Care in Austere Settings” at this year’s national SCCM Critical Care Congress in Orlando, Florida.

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