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Morris Weinberger, PhD
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Morris Weinberger, PhD

Department Chair
Health Policy and Management
Research Professor
Internal Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management
Health Policy and Management
Adjunct Professor
Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • 1101A McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7411
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

Morris is a health services researcher who develops and evaluates innovative strategies to improve the process and outcomes of care for patients with chronic diseases. Most of his research has been conducted with socioeconomically and/or medically vulnerable patients, including Veterans. The strategies have been designed to be implemented within health care systems should they demonstrate effectiveness as measured by clinical parameters, health services utilization/costs, and patient-centered outcomes.

He has received several national awards that recognize his accomplishments as a researcher, including the Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research from the Department of Veterans Affairs (2003) and the Vision Award for Groundbreaking Research in Chronic Illness Care from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2002).

Morris is also committed to mentoring students, fellows and junior faculty. He is co-Director of the Education Service for NC TraCS at UNC and has also received numerous awards for his advising and mentoring, including the Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence from UNC (2015), the John E. Larsh, Jr Award for Mentorship from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (2013), and the John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from AHRQ (2005).

Honors and Awards

Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Gillings School of Global Public Health

2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence

2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John E. Larsh, Jr Award for Mentorship

2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award

2005, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research

2003, Department of Veterans Affairs

Vision Award for Groundbreaking Research in Chronic Illness Care, Improving Chronic Illness Care Program

2002, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Representative Courses

Quality of Care | Syllabus

Advanced Research Seminar in Health Policy and Administration | Syllabus

HPM 697 (BSPH Capstone)

Research Activities

  • Health services research
  • Quality of care
  • Primary care
  • Chronic disease

Key Publications

Comparing Unmet Needs between Community-Based Palliative Care Patients with Heart Failure and Patients with Cancer. A Abernethy, A Biddle, T Carey, S Dev, A Kamal, D Kavalieratos, B Reeve, M Weinberger (2014). Journal of palliative medicine, 17(4), 475-81.

"Not the 'grim reaper service'": An assessment of provider knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding palliative care referral barriers in heart failure. Amy Abernethy, Andrea Biddle, Timothy Carey, Sandesh Dev, Dio Kavalieratos, Emma Mitchell, Bryce Reeve, Morris Weinberger (2014). Journal of the American Heart Association, 3(1).

A Model for Developing, Evaluating, and Disseminating Best Practices in Education and Training. Denise Esserman, Laura Loehr, William Miller, Eugene Orringer, Susan Pusek, Mark Weaver, Morris Weinberger (2014). Clinical and Translational Science.

A non-experimental study of oral anticoagulation therapy initiation before and after national patient safety goals. Christopher Beadles, M. Brookhart, Sandra Greene, Kristen Lich, Anthony Viera, Morris Weinberger (2014). BMJ Open, 4(2).

Staff/Administrative Duties

  • Director, Education Service, NC TraCS

Education

BA, Sociology/Mathematics, State University College of NY, 1974

MS, Sociology, Purdue University, 1975

PhD, Sociology, Purdue University, 1978

Postdoc, Gerontology, Duke University Medical Center, 1990

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