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In memoriam: Marshall Morgan MD, Immediate Past President of the LA County Medical Association

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Marshall T. Morgan, M.D., clinical professor of medicine and chief of emergency medicine at UCLA School of Medicine, died of an illness of brief duration. From 2013 to 2014, he served as the president of the Los Angeles County Medical Society (LACMA). He also served in the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates from2008-2011, among other CMA councils and panels.

In 1974, Dr. Morgan was appointed assistant professor of medicine in the UCLA School of Medicine and acting co-director of the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center. Two years later, he moved to Santa Monica Hospital, first serving as associate director, and later as director, of the emergency department. In 1982, he returned to the UCLA campus as medical director of the Emergency Medicine Center. He was later appointed chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine and served as chief of staff of the UCLA Medical Center from 2006-2008 after holding other leadership positions.

He completed undergraduate work at Princeton University in 1963, followed by a postgraduate year at the Sorbonne in Paris. He received his medical degree from Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago in 1968. Dr. Morgan was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Princeton and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at the University of Chicago and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.

Following graduation from medical school, he served as a rotating intern and internal medicine resident at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He followed his residency with a two-year fellowship in cardiology at Harbor General, but subsequently chose a career in emergency medicine.

Dr. Morgan was widely recognized by colleagues and students as an outstanding educator and a caring and compassionate physician, well known for his calming voice, inviting smile, and gentle touch. Despite working most of his career in tertiary medical centers, Dr. Morgan always had a bit of the country GP in him, putting patients first and technology second. His dedication to his patients and his commitment to the academic mission were exemplary. In 2007, Dr. Morgan received the Sherman M. Mellinkoff Faculty Award, considered by the faculty to be the highest honor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and honoring “the ideal of the finest in doctor-patient relationships and medical education.”

Dr. Morgan is survived by his loving wife Jean Marie, his children Marshall T. Morgan, Jr., Courtney Morgan-Greene, Shirl Monique Vanderplas, Terrence Watson, and John Watson, 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Memorial arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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