Rustin Morse, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Quality & Safety, Chief Quality Officer and Interim Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Morse serves as Senior Vice President, Quality & Safety, and Chief Quality Officer. He has also taken on the role of Interim Chief Clinical Officer (CCO). Previously employed by UT Southwestern Medical Center working directly with Children’s Health since 2012, Dr. Morse is responsible for the oversight and advancement of system-level quality and safety – both patient and staff safety – across Children’s Health.
Dr. Morse received his Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego and his Medical Degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse (now Upstate Medical University). He then completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago).
After finishing his fellowship in 2001, he joined the medical staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and, in 2008, was tapped to become the hospital’s first ever Medical Director for Quality. In 2012, after receiving a Master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Southern California, Dr. Morse joined Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (now Children’s Health) as Chief Quality Officer.
Dr. Morse has served as faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (Phoenix) and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2012-2017). His academic interests, national presentations, and publications span a variety of topics including patient safety, patient satisfaction, quality measurement, improvement methodologies and variations in care and outcomes.
As interim CCO, Dr. Morse focuses on physician engagement and problem resolution, and serves as the voice of the physician executive for the Children’s Health leadership team. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Dr. Morse continues to practice in the Children’s Health Emergency Department.