Rustin Morse received his is Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego and his Medical Degree from the State University of New York – Upstate Medical Center.  He then completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

After finishing his fellowship in 2001, he joined the medical staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he served as the Associate Director in the emergency department and Medical Director for Quality for the hospital.  In 2012, after receiving a Master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Southern California, Rustin joined Children’s Medical Center as the Vice President of Quality and Chief Quality and was appointed to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Department of Pediatrics faculty as an Associate Professor. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Morse continues to practice pediatric emergency medicine and participate in research initiatives evaluating quality measurement, improvement methodologies, and patient safety.


Medical School
SUNY Upstate Medical University (1995)
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (1998), Pediatrics
Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center (2001), Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Graduate School
University of Southern California (2012)

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Research Interest

    • Health Services Research
    • Patient Safety
    • Quality Improvement
    • Quality Measurement


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Children's Hospital Characteristics and Readmission Metrics.
    Auger KA, Teufel RJ, Harris JM, Gay JC, Del Beccaro MA, Neuman MI, Tejedor-Sojo J, Agrawal RK, Morse RB, Eghtesady P, Simon HK, McClead RE, Fieldston ES, Shah SS Pediatrics 2017 Jan
    Impact of Chronic Conditions on Emergency Department Visits of Children Using Medicaid.
    Berry JG, Rodean J, Hall M, Alpern ER, Aronson PL, Freedman SB, Brousseau DC, Shah SS, Simon HK, Cohen E, Marin JR, Morse RB, O'Neill M, Neuman MI J. Pediatr. 2016 Dec
    Long length of hospital stay in children with medical complexity.
    Gold JM, Hall M, Shah SS, Thomson J, Subramony A, Mahant S, Mittal V, Wilson KM, Morse R, Mussman GM, Hametz P, Montalbano A, Parikh K, Ishman S, O'Neill M, Berry JG J Hosp Med 2016 Jul
    Association of Social Determinants With Children's Hospitals' Preventable Readmissions Performance.
    Sills MR, Hall M, Colvin JD, Macy ML, Cutler GJ, Bettenhausen JL, Morse RB, Auger KA, Raphael JL, Gottlieb LM, Fieldston ES, Shah SS JAMA Pediatr 2016 Feb
    Socioeconomic Status and Hospitalization Costs for Children with Brain and Spinal Cord Injury.
    Zonfrillo MR, Zaniletti I, Hall M, Fieldston ES, Colvin JD, Bettenhausen JL, Macy ML, Alpern ER, Cutler GJ, Raphael JL, Morse RB, Sills MR, Shah SS J. Pediatr. 2015 Nov
    Computed Tomography and Shifts to Alternate Imaging Modalities in Hospitalized Children.
    Parker MW, Shah SS, Hall M, Fieldston ES, Coley BD, Morse RB Pediatrics 2015 Aug
    Association of National Guidelines With Tonsillectomy Perioperative Care and Outcomes.
    Mahant S, Hall M, Ishman SL, Morse R, Mittal V, Mussman GM, Gold J, Montalbano A, Srivastava R, Wilson KM, Shah SS Pediatrics 2015 Jul 136 1 53-60
    Rates and Impact of Potentially Preventable Readmissions at Children's Hospitals.
    Gay JC, Agrawal R, Auger KA, Del Beccaro MA, Eghtesady P, Fieldston ES, Golias J, Hain PD, McClead R, Morse RB, Neuman MI, Simon HK, Tejedor-Sojo J, Teufel RJ, Harris JM, Shah SS J. Pediatr. 2014 Dec


    Featured Books Legend Featured Books

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • American Association for Physician Leadership