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Melanie Morris MD

Currently accepting students.

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Departments of Surgery, Pediatrics & Child Health, Pediatric Surgeon and Pediatric Urologist (University of Manitoba)

Education

2012: Pediatric urology fellowship (Université de Montréal)

2011: Pediatric surgery fellowship  (Université de Montréal)

2009: General Surgery Residency (University of Manitoba)

2004: Doctor of Medicine (University of Alberta)

2000: Bachelor of Science Biochemistry and Biology (University of Manitoba)

Research Focus

Gastroschisis, Pediatric Surgery Database, Social media and KT in Hirscshsprung disease, Biliary atresia

  1. Database project for pediatric surgery There are nine anomalies of interest including: biliary atresia, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital lung lesions, esophageal atresia with or without tracheal fistula, gastroschisis, Hirschsprung’s disease, imperforate anus, intestinal atresia and omphalocele. Matthew was instrumental in setting up the project and is presently doing the chart reviews. This surgery database will represent one of the largest pediatric long-term databases in the world and will eventually be linked to the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy database. The surgery database will also form the basis to establish a long-term surgery follow-up clinic at Health Sciences Centre. 
  2. The geographic distribution of gastroschisis. There is a notable increase in prevalence of GS in Manitoba. In addition, there have been a significant number of “hot spots” identified in the  Northern Manitoba. The etiology for this increase is largely unknown at this time. I am interested in better defining the distribution, search for causative factors and look at potential prevention strategies.
  3. Based on information acquired from the surgery database and the gastroschisis data  I plan to also initiate research projects aimed at reducing inequities in diseases among Indigenous children in Canada particularly gastroschisis .
  4. Other projects: national registry for biliary atresia