Claudia Morris, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Director, Fellowship Research for Pediatric Medicine
Clinical Research Scientist, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Residency: Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Board Certification: Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Claudia Morris, MD, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where there are more than 51,000 emergency and urgent care visits each year. As a clinical research scientist for Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, her research interests include asthma, pulmonary hypertension and sickle cell disease. Dr. Morris was the first to find that hemolysis, a process in which red blood cells rupture and release their contents into the blood stream, can lead to a deficiency in the amino acid arginine in sickle cell disease patients. Low availability of arginine is associated with lung disease and death in adult sickle cell patients. She is an experienced lecturer, frequently invited to speak at national and international events.
Asthma and other respiratory related problems are the top reasons for emergency room visits at Children’s Hospital Oakland during the winter season. Asthma-related problems account for more than 5,000 visits a year to Children’s Emergency Department.
Source: Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder of the red blood cells, characterized by abnormally shaped red cells. Normally red cells are round shape, but those affected by the disease are crescent-shaped, making it difficult for them to move through blood vessels to deliver oxygen to the body. The cells become hard and sticky, clogging the flow of blood, and breaking apart in blood vessels. This can cause severe pain, as well as anemia, an abnormally low red blood cell count.
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