Professional and Scientific Experience of John W. Morgan, DrPH, CPH
John W. Morgan, DrPH, CPH is a Professor of Epidemiology at Loma Linda University with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health and a secondary appointment in the School of Science and Technology. In 1983, 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 of Preventive Medicine Residents. Dr. Morgan has taught more than 150 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, serving the approximately 4.5 million residents of Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. In July 2009, Dr. Morgan assumed similar responsibilities for cancer assessments in Region 4 of the CCR (Central Coast Region), covering San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties that includes a combined population of approximately 2.8 million. 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 the DSCSP, the Central Coast Region, and statewide.
Since Dr. Morgan joined the CCR in 1995 as the Regional Cancer Epidemiologist, he has authored or co-authored 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications or reports, conducted hundreds of community and media interviews or presentations that dispense 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 in the DSCSP and Central Coast Regions of California and Statewide that uses regional and statewide CCR data, responded to hundreds of cancer concerns, and has conducted approximately 20 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 involves approximately a 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, cervix uteri, and pancreas cancer and research that identifies and measures consequences of cancer treatment on development of a second malignancy. 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, one-year term on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. Since October 2010, Dr. Morgan has 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.