Albert W. Morris, Jr., M.D.

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Albert W. Morris, Jr., M.D., the current chairman of Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association, is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and a diagnostic radiologist in Memphis, Tennessee. His involvement in organized medicine has produced tangible evidence of his commitment to quality patient care, physician practice viability, and mentorship to young physicians.

A graduate of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, Dr. Morris spent two summers at Harvard University’s highly regarded Health Careers Summer Program and entered Howard University strongly motivated to pursue a career in medicine. After completing his sophomore year, he entered the Howard University College of Medicine’s early admission program. After graduation in 1976, an internship and a diagnostic radiology residency followed at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. While an instructor in the Department of  Radiology, he completed a fellowship in ultrasound and computerized tomography.

In 1982, Dr. Morris established one of the first freestanding outpatient diagnostic radiology centers in the state of Tennessee, providing radiological services to the Whitehaven community for more than 20 years. He was also director of radiology services at Methodist Haywood Park and Baptist Memorial hospitals in Forrest City, Arkansas, as well as the Memphis Health Center.

Dr. Morris’s legacy of service to the National Medical Association includes terms as the 107th president of the NMA, chairman of the Board of Trustees, secretary of the Board of Trustees, chair of the Council on Scientific Exhibits, chair of Region III, and chair of the Environmental Health and Bioterrorism Task Force. In 2000, this task force was commissioned by the NMA to coordinate a response to the environmental and preparedness issues facing physicians. Under his leadership, the task force was credited for successfully developing protocols for physicians and a consensus paper for the 2002 NMA Colloquium on African American Health.

As an advocate for parity in healthcare, Dr. Morris is actively engaged in the Memphis Medical community and has served as president of Bluff City Medical Society and the Southwest branch of the American Heart Association. He is also committed to the Board of the World Cataract Foundation, and is a representative on the State of Tennessee’s Office of Minority Health Task Force, and the Public Health Emergencies Committee. Dr. Morris is currently an adjunct professor, College of Pharmacy, at the University of Tennessee for Health Sciences. During the last five years, Dr. Morris has provided clinical medical services at the Veterans Administration medical system in middle Georgia.

Dr. Morris has been recognized by his peers for his professional leadership and dedicated service. He is the recipient of the Physician of the Year award from the Bluff City Medical Society, the President’s Award from the Memphis Medical Society, and the Leadership Award from Region III of the NMA.

Active in his community, Dr. Morris is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, past president of the Howard University Alumni Association of Memphis, and a member of the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. In recognition of his efforts to increase minority medical enrollment, improve high-quality medical care, and spotlight health issues that plague our communities, he was honored in Memphis by Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., who hosted a special reception in Memphis proclaiming January 12, 2006, Dr. Albert W. Morris, Jr. Day.
Dr. Morris was selected in 2008  as one of the "50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare.

Dr. Morris enjoys all genres of music, travel, and educational pursuits, including the introduction of young physicians to the virtues of selecting radiology as a medical specialty.