Professional and Scientific Experience of John W. Morgan, DrPH, CPH
John W. Morgan, DrPH, CPH is a Professor of Epidemiology at Loma Linda University (LLU) with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health and is housed in the Center for Community Resilience. He also holds a secondary faculty appointment in the LLU School of Science and Technology. In 1984, Dr. Morgan joined the faculty in the School of Public Health and has participated in teaching epidemiology in the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Science and Technology, and Medicine at Loma Linda University, including teaching Preventive Medicine Residents and training Surgery Residents. Dr. Morgan has taught more than 200 courses in the principles of epidemiology, epidemiologic research, or the epidemiology of cancer. In 1995, he joined the California Cancer Registry (CCR) as the Regional Epidemiologist for the Desert Sierra Cancer Surveillance Program (DSCSP), aka Region 5 of the California Cancer Registry, later also serving as the Epidemiologist for Regions 4, 7 and 10. Collectively, these registries provide cancer control for approximately 10 million California residents. In these roles, Dr. Morgan serves as an agent of the California Department of Public Health with responsibility for cancer surveillance, cancer control, and assessment of cancer concerns in 10 California counties and as the Principal Investigator in the NCI Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program contract with Loma Linda University School of Public Health.
Dr. Morgan has authored or co-authored 114 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, abstracts, presentations or reports, conducted hundreds of community and media interviews or presentations that provided cancer control and prevention information, established and enlarged collaborations with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Loma Linda University School of Public Health, and other public health, academic, healthcare, and community-based organizations involved in cancer control. In this capacity, Dr. Morgan has developed and enlarged cancer research at Loma Linda University and in the California Cancer Registry, responded to hundreds of cancer concerns, and has conducted approximately 30 detailed cancer assessments that included formal comparison of the numbers of observed and expected new cancer cases, controlling for the effects of confounding factors, in communities, schools, and workplaces. Consistent with these collaborations and public health need, Dr. Morgan trains approximately one dozen public health students or preventive Medicine Residents in surveillance and research activities in the CCR each year. His current research interests include assessment and isolation of the independent contributions of demographic and quality of care measures in the stage at diagnosis and treatments for breast, colon & rectum, stomach, cervix uteri, and pancreas cancer and research that identifies and measures risk or survival benefits and consequences of cancer treatment. While the majority of his current research is in the area of cancer control, Dr. Morgan continues to participate in infectious disease research and infection control that served as his entry into epidemiology.
In addition to his continued contributions to education and applied academics at Loma Linda University and his role in cancer control in the CCR, Dr. Morgan served four consecutive two-year terms on the Board of Directors of the California Division of the ACS, a three year term on the Council of the California Breast Cancer Research Program, three terms on the California Division ACS Cancer and the Environment team and continues to serve on the Inland Empire ACS Leadership Council. Dr. Morgan is currently serving a fourth, two-year term on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. From October 2010-2013, Dr. Morgan Chaired the Cancer Evaluations and Outcomes team of the California ACS and continues service begun in 1995 on the Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). In these capacities, Dr. Morgan co-authored the ACSH position papers on risk factors for breast cancer and a white paper on competing causes of death among Americans and has reviewed dozens of ACS reports and publications.