Shaine A. Morris, MD, MPH


School Education Degree Year
Harvard School of Public Health masters Masters of Public Health 2012
Children's Hospital Boston fellowship Echocardiography & Cardiac MRI 2010
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Pediatric Cardiology 2009
Children's Hospital Boston residency Pediatrics 2005
Children's Hospital Boston internship Pediatrics 2003
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center medical school Doctor of Medicine 2002

Personal Statement

Dr. Morris specializes in cardiovascular imaging of the fetus, child, and young adult and cardiovascular genetics. She is the Medical Director of the Fetal Cardiology Program that provides comprehensive care to families, including diagnosis, counseling, and management, from the time a fetal anomaly is suspected. She is a member of the fetal cardiac intervention team that offers in-utero procedures for specific heart conditions to try to optimize outcomes in major cardiac anomalies, especially procedures for hypoplastic left heart syndrome and related disorders.

A large part of Dr. Morris’ clinical practice is caring for children and young adults with Marfan syndrome and related genetic disorders, including Loeys-Dietz syndrome, familial thoracic aneurysms and dissections, vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Turner syndrome. She serves as a Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics program, which provides comprehensive diagnosis, counseling, and cardiovascular management for young people with genetic conditions and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Morris’ research interests align with her clinic interests, and focus primarily on improving outcomes for children with Marfan syndrome and related disorders. She specifically investigates novel imaging markers that may help better predict long term outcomes, and how to use these markers to determine early in life how to optimize care. Her primary goal is to prevent adverse outcomes in patients with aortic disease so that they can live long and healthy lives.

Another research interest is understanding modifiable risk factors for adverse outcomes in infants with congenital heart disease, especially regarding the fetal and perinatal period. This research includes studying novel fetal cardiovascular interventions as well as how to optimize delivery management after fetal diagnosis. She conducts multiple research projects locally, nationally, and internationally including collaborative projects with state of Texas and national collaborative research organizations.

Dr. Morris also thoroughly enjoys teaching, and is committed to helping train future generations of health care providers, especially in cardiovascular imaging, cardiovascular genetics, and clinical research methodology.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Member
American College of Cardiology Member
American Heart Association Member
American Society of Echocardiography Member
Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Member
Society for Thoracic Surgeons Non-Surgeon Associate

Selected Publications

Moffett BS, Garrison JM, Hang A, Morris SA, Tsang R, Dinh K, Griffiths P, Bronicki R, Checchia PA. Prostaglandin Availability and Association with Outcomes for Infants with Congenital Heart Disease. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Oct 24.

Morris SA. Arterial tortuosity in genetic arteriopathies. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2015 Nov;30(6):587-93..  

Moon-Grady AJ, Morris SA, Belfort M, Chmait R, Dangel J, Devlieger R, Emery S, Frommelt M, Galindo A, Gelehrter S, Gembruch U, Grinenco S, Habli M, Herberg U, Jaeggi E, Kilby M, Kontopoulos E, Marantz P, Miller O, Otaño L, Pedra C, Pedra S, Pruetz J, Quintero R, Ryan G, Sharland G, Simpson J, Vlastos E, Tworetzky W, Wilkins-Haug L, Oepkes D. International Fetal Cardiac Intervention Registry: A Worldwide Collaborative Description and Preliminary Outcomes. J Am Coll Cardiol.  2015 Jul 28;66(4):388-99..  

Prakash A, Adlakha H, Rabideau N, Hass CJ, Morris SA, Geva T, Gauvreau K, Singh MN, Lacro RV. Segmental Aortic Stiffness in Children and Young Adults With  Connective Tissue Disorders: Relationships With Age, Aortic Size, Rate of Dilation, and Surgical Root Replacement. Circulation. 2015 Aug 18;132(7):595-602.

Freud LR, Escobar-Diaz MC, Kalish BT, Komarlu R, Puchalski MD, Jaeggi ET, Szwast AL, Freire G, Levasseur SM, Kavanaugh-McHugh A, Michelfelder EC, Moon-Grady AJ, Donofrio MT, Howley LW, Tierney ES, Cuneo BF, Morris SA, Pruetz JD, van der Velde ME, Kovalchin JP, Ikemba CM, Vernon MM, Samai C, Satou GM, Gotteiner NL, Phoon CK, Silverman NH, McElhinney DB, Tworetzky W. Outcomes and Predictors of Perinatal Mortality in Fetuses With Ebstein Anomaly or Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia in the Current Era: A Multicenter Study. Circulation. 2015 Aug 11;132(6):481-9.

Maskatia SA, Morris SA, Spinner JA, Krishnamurthy R, Altman CA. Echocardiographic Parameters of Right Ventricular Diastolic Function in Repaired  Tetralogy of Fallot Are Associated with Important Findings on Magnetic Resonance  Imaging. Congenit Heart Dis. 2015 May-Jun;10(3):E113-22.

Frischhertz BP, Shamszad P, Pedroza C, Milewicz DM, Morris SA. Thoracic aortic dissection and rupture in conotruncal cardiac defects: A population-based study.  Int J Cardiol. 2015 Apr 1;184:521-7.

Krishnamurthy R, Pednekar A, Atweh LA, Vogelius E, Chu ZD, Zhang W, Maskatia S, Masand P, Morris SA, Krishnamurthy R, Muthupillai R. Clinical validation of free breathing respiratory triggered retrospectively cardiac gated cine balanced  steady-state free precession cardiovascular magnetic resonance in sedated children. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2015 Jan 14;17(1):1.

Reinstein E, Morris SA, Rimoin DL, Robertson SP, Lacro RV. Arterial tortuosity in patients with Filamin A- associated vascular aneurysms. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Nov;164A(11):2961-3.

Ezon DS, Khan MS, Adachi I, Jeewa A, Morris SA, Nagy CZ, Morales DL, Heinle JS. Pediatric ventricular assist device use as a bridge to transplantation does not affect long-term quality of life. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Apr;147(4):1334-43.  

Morris SA, Ethen MK, Penny DJ, Canfield MA, Minard CG, Fixler DE, Nembhard WN. Prenatal diagnosis, birth location, surgical center, and neonatal mortality in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Circulation. 2014 Jan 21;129(3):285-92.

Niu MC, Morris SA, Morales DL, Fraser CD Jr, Kim JJ. Low incidence of arrhythmias in the right ventricular infundibulum sparing approach to tetralogy of Fallot repair. Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Feb;35(2):261-9.

1Maskatia SA, Altman CA, Morris SA, Cabrera AG. The echocardiography "boot camp": a novel approach in pediatric cardiovascular imaging education. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2013 Oct;26(10):1187-92.

Shamszad P, Barnes JN, Morris SA. Aortic dissection in hospitalized children  and young adults: a multiinstitutional study. Congenit Heart Dis. 2014 Jan-Feb;9(1):54-62.

Maskatia SA, Spinner JA, Nutting AC, Slesnick TC, Krishnamurthy R, Morris SA. Impact of obesity on ventricular size and function in children, adolescents and adults with Tetralogy of Fallot after initial repair. Am J Cardiol. 2013 Aug 15;112(4):594-8.

Lawrence EJ, Nguyen K, Morris SA, Hollinger I, Graham DA, Jenkins KJ, Bodian  C, Lin HM, Gelb BD, Mittnacht AJ. Economic and safety implications of introducing fast tracking in congenital heart surgery. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013 Mar 1;6(2):201-7.

Maskatia SA, Spinner JA, Morris SA, Petit CJ, Krishnamurthy R, Nutting AC. Effect of branch pulmonary artery stenosis on right ventricular volume overload in patients with tetralogy of fallot after initial surgical repair. Am J Cardiol. 2013 May 1;111(9):1355-60.

Morris SA, Orbach DB, Geva T, Singh MN, Gauvreau K, Lacro RV. Increased vertebral artery tortuosity index is associated with adverse outcomes in children and young adults with connective tissue disorders. Circulation. 2011 Jul 26;124(4):388-96.

Gaies MG, Morris SA, Hafler JP, Graham DA, Capraro AJ, Zhou J, Landrigan CP,  Sandora TJ. Reforming procedural skills training for pediatric residents: a randomized, interventional trial. Pediatrics. 2009 Aug;124(2):610-9.

Morris SA, Bernstein HH. Immunizations, neonatal jaundice, and animal-induced injuries. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2004 Aug;16(4):450-60.

Villanueva MP, Aiyer AR, Muller S, Pletcher MT, Liu X, Emanuel B, Srivastava D, Reeves RH. Genetic and comparative mapping of genes dysregulated in mouse hearts lacking the Hand2 transcription factor gene. Genomics 2002; 80(6):593-600.

Cody JD, Ghidoni PD, DuPont BR, Hale DE, Hilsenbeck SG, Stratton RF, Hoffman DS, Muller S, Schaub RL, Leach RJ, Kaye CI. Congenital Anomalies and Anthropometry of 42 Individuals with deletions of chromosome 18. American Journal of Medical Genetics 1999; 85(5):455-62.

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