Elizabeth Morris has been appointed chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Radiology and will assume the post on Jan. 18, 2021. The Cal Aggie alumna has conducted extensive research optimizing the use of newer techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect breast cancer early, with the goal of finding breast cancer lesions when they are small and treatable.

Elizabeth Morris is the new chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine radiology department.
Elizabeth Morris is the new chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine radiology department.

Morris is an internationally recognized expert in breast disease and the use of MRI, and the author of the book “Breast MRI: Diagnosis and Intervention” and numerous published papers. Her recent research efforts have involved using imaging biomarkers to assess risk and treatment response.

“Morris is a pioneer in high-risk breast cancer screening,” said Allison Brashear, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine. “With her intellectual force and passion for innovation, we are confident she will lead the Department of Radiology into the next era in MRI, ultrasound, contrast-enhanced digital mammography, and tomosynthesis—all of which will ensure UC Davis Health patients get the most advanced care.”

Morris comes to the UC Davis School of Medicine from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) where she was chief of  Breast Imaging Services as well as professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Larry Norton Endowed Chair. 

After graduating summa cum laude from UC Davis, Morris received her medical degree from UC San Francisco.  She completed her residency at Cornell University Medical College and her breast imaging fellowship at MSKCC.

“It is my privilege and pleasure to return to UC Davis and I am deeply grateful for this opportunity,” said Morris.  “I endeavor to uphold and enhance UC Davis’ world-class reputation as a leader in imaging technology and contemporary research programs as it continues to serve a large and diverse community.”

Morris is a fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR), Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and International Society of MR in Medicine (ISMRM). She currently serves as director-at-large/chair of the fellows for the SBI.

Morris was selected following a national search and succeeds Raymond Dougherty, who served as the UC Davis Department of Radiology chair for 12 years. 

“We extend our gratitude to interim department chair and radiology professor Shadi Aminololama-Shakeri for an excellent job leading the department and providing uninterrupted services while new procedures were implemented to protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brashear. “We also thank the recruitment advisory committee, co-chaired by Drs. Lydia Howell and Luis Fernando Santana for their time and expertise in this important recruitment.”

The UC Davis Department of Radiology performs imaging and therapeutic procedures for patients throughout Northern and Central California. Visit the UC Davis Department of Radiology website to learn how the department utilizes imaging to achieve a greater understanding of health, disease and the delivery of appropriate and cost-effective care.