Wayne J. Morgan, MD, DCS,CM, FRCPC, FAAP

Professor, Pediatrics 
Assistant Director, Arizona Respiratory Center

Arizona Respiratory Center

1501 N. Campbell Ave., Rm. 2332C
P. O. Box 245030
Tucson, AZ 85724-5030

(520) 626-6754 or 626-7780
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  • McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec, 1976 (M.D.)
  • The Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, 1976-1977 (Internship)
  • The Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, 1977-1979 (Residency, Pediatrics)
  • The Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, 1980 (Pediatrics Chief Resident)
  • University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, 1981 (Fellowship, Clinical Pulmonary)
  • University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, 1982 (Research Fellow, Clinical Pulmonary)
Honors & Awards: 
  • Clinical Investigator Award, NIH-NHLBI
  • Honored by NIH-NHLBI for Scientific Achievement at 40th Anniversary Western Society for Pediatric ResearchExcellence for Teaching in the Basic Sciences, College of Medicine
  • Furrow Award for Excellence in Teaching in Basic and Clinical Sciences
Major Areas of Research Interest: 

Primary area of research has been in physiologic assessment of the growth and development of the lung in infancy and childhood.

Specific interests include non-invasive assessment of lung mechanics in infants, the relation of lung mechanics to lower respiratory illness in children, phonopneumography (lung sounds), and airways reactivity. Our laboratory is well-staffed with technicians skilled in the measurement of lung function and in teaching these skills to physicians.

Other interests include epidemiology and biostatistics, as related to respiratory illness in childhood. Also of interest: pulmonary mechanics and systems physiology, infant and toddler lung development and pulmonary physiology, epidemiology of asthma and airway obstrictive disease in children, epidemiology of cystic fibrosis, clinical research in asthma, inner city asthma.

Selected Publications: 

Kattan M, Crain EF, Steinbach S, Visness CM, Walter M, Stout JW, Evans R 3rd, Smartt E, Gruchalla RS, Morgan WJ, O'Connor GT, Mitchell HE. A randomized clinical trial of clinician feedback to improve quality of care for inner-city children with asthma. Pediatrics. 117(6):e1095-103, 2006.

Guilbert TW, Morgan WJ, Zeiger RS, Mauger DT, Boehmer SJ, Szefler SJ, Bacharier LB, Lemanske RF Jr, Strunk RC, Allen DB, Bloomberg GR, Heldt G, Krawiec M, Larsen G, Liu AH, Chinchilli VM, Sorkness CA, Taussig LM, Martinez FD. Long-term inhaled corticosteroids in preschool children at high risk for asthma. N Engl J Med. 354(19):1985-97, 2006.

Mulvaney SA, Goodwin JL, Morgan WJ, Rosen GR, Quan SF, Kaemingk KL. Behavior problems associated with sleep disordered breathing in school-aged children--the Tucson children's assessment of sleep apnea study. J Pediatr Psychol. 31(3):322-30, 2006.

McMullen AH, Pasta DJ, Frederick PD, Konstan MW, Morgan WJ, Schechter MS, Wagener JS. Impact of pregnancy on women with cystic fibrosis. Chest. 129(3):706-11, 2006.

Owens BD, Osuch D, Morgan WJ. Rapid osteolysis in semiconstrained total elbow arthroplasty: case report and review. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 15(2):252-5, 2006.

Zeiger RS, Szefler SJ, Phillips BR, Schatz M, Martinez FD, Chinchilli VM, Lemanske RF Jr, Strunk RC, Larsen G, Spahn JD, Bacharier LB, Bloomberg GR, Guilbert TW, Heldt G, Morgan WJ, Moss MH, Sorkness CA, Taussig LM; Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Response profiles to fluticasone and montelukast in mild-to-moderate persistent childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 117(1):45-52, 2006.

Student Opportunities Through Research: 

Participation in study design and completion of clinical physiologic studies with active learning.

Many opportunities exist for research ranging from the pulmonary physiology of mechanical ventilation through the epidemiology of atopy and allergy.


Rigorous training in the accurate measurement of physiologic phenomena-Basic data reduction and manipulation with practical statistical analysis using personal computers.

Introduction to the joy of clinical research. Even those medical students planning on a clinical career will profit from exposure to research methods. Many opportunities exist for research in clinical practice.

Sponsored Research Through MSRP: 

Amy C. Baldwin (MSRP 1990): "Altered expiratory control in infants with apnea of prematurity."

Mario-Luis Islas (MSRP 1992): "Tidal breathing patterns in apnea of prematurity."

Kelly Sandberg (MSRP 2005): "Predictors of asthma exacerbation in children."

Sarah Lau (MSRP 2011):"Helical Computerized Tomography Imaging of Pulmonary Vasculature in the Tucson Children's Respiratory Study"

Megan Paul (MSRP 2010): "Analysis of the Asthma Burden Index as a Predictor of Asthma Exacerbations."

Last Updated: 
December 15, 2015