Dr. Morrill is from Fort Collins, Colorado, and completed his neurosurgical residency at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Adult Spinal Deformity at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Morrill was recruited to the faculty at UT Southwestern for his expertise in the surgical management of complex disorders of the spine.

Dr. Morrills is a committe member of the following organizations: Committee on Blood and Tissue Usage, Texas Medical Association (2004 - present) Blood Utilization and Review Committee, University Hospitals (2005-present) Co-Director, Clinical Center for Spine Care, University Hospitals/ UTSW (2005-present) University Hopsital Ethics Committee (2006-present).

Dr. Morrill has done numerous oral presentaiotns during his time at the University for the following professional organizations: UTSW Neurosurgery Ground Rounds (2005 and 1998) Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons (1999 and 2005) Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting (2002, 2004) PM&R Scientific Conference, Dallas May 2006 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and American Association of Operating Room Nurses.

His undergraduate degrees are from San Jacinto College, Houston Texas (A.A. Political Science, with honors) and University of Houston - Clear Lake, (B.S. Biological Sciences, Cum Laude).


Medical School UT Southwestern Medical Center (1996)
Internship Parkland Memorial Hospital (1997), General Surgery
Fellowship Northwestern University Memorial Hospital (2002), Reconstructive Surgery
Residency Parkland Memorial Hospital (2002), Neurological Surgery

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Arteriovenous Fistula (AV Fistula)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Fracture
  • Cervical Fusion
  • Cervical Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP) & Stenosis
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculitis
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Cervicalgia
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Cranio-Vertibral Disorders
  • CSF Leak Spine
  • Disorders of the Cranio-Cervical Disorders (occiput -C1 - C2) Junction
  • Failed Back Syndrome
  • Fracture Spine
  • Hydromyelia
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Lumbar Discitis
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Nucleus Pulposis (HNP)
  • Lumbar Myelopathy
  • Lumbar Radiculitis & Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Surgery
  • Malignant Spine Tumor
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neck Pain (Cervical Radiculopathy)
  • Neurotrauma
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Opacified Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OPLL)
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord (Spine) Tumors
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation/Stimulators (SCS)
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Osteomyelitis
  • Spinal Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Vascular Malformation
  • Spine Meningioma
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis & Stenosis
  • Spondyolisthesis
  • Sports Spinal Related Injuries
  • Synovial Cyst
  • Vascular Malformation of the Spine
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

Research Interest

  • Adult Spinal Deformity
  • Neurotrauma
  • Radiosurgery


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Abnormal Coagulation Studies Associated with Levofloxacin
Psarros T, Trammell T, Morrill K, Giller C, Morgan H, Allen B. Journal of Neurosurgery April 2004 100(4) 710-712
Remote Vascular Catastrophes after Neurovascular Interventional Therapy for Type 4 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Horowitz MB, Purdy PD, Valentine RJ, Morrill, K. American Journal of Neuroradiology May 2000 21 974-976

Honors & Awards

  • AOA Medical Student Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • NASA Student Summer Fellowship
  • Welch Chemistry & Physics Undergrad Award
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congree of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
  • Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons