M. Craig Morriss, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Pediatric Radiology Division, who serves as Director of Radiology Education. A pediatric neuroradiologist, Dr. Morriss has special expertise in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety, including imaging patients who have complex implanted biologic devices.

I strive to build the next generation of radiologists who will commit heart and mind to the foundations of excellence in patient care and cutting-edge research defining the narrative for that care.

He serves as the MRI safety officer and a core member of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee at Children’s Health, and directs UT Southwestern’s Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program.

Certified by the American Board of Radiology in both diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology, Dr. Morriss joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2007.

His research interests include demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis, brain injury following extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and birth-related hypoxic-ischemic brain injuries.

Dr. Morriss has published nearly 40 academic articles and delivered a number of invited lectures regionally, nationally, and internationally.

His professional honors include the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology and the 2011 and 2013 Golden Apple Award from UT Southwestern’s Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program.

Dr. Morriss earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School. He completed a pediatrics internship at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and a diagnostic radiology residency at UT Southwestern.

He then completed fellowships in pediatric neuroradiology (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and neuroradiology (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital).

He is a member of professional organizations that include the American Society for Pediatric Neuroradiology, American Society of Neuroradiology, Association of University Radiologists, and Association of Program Directors in Radiology.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1990)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1991), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1995), Diagnostic Radiology
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (1996), Pediatric Neuroradiology
Thomas Jefferson University (1997), Neuroradiology

Honors & Awards

  • Radiological Society of North America
    Certificate of Merit, Scientific Poster Presentation, "Lumps and Bumps on the Head in Childhood: a Diagnostic Dilemma," Chicago, Illinois (2004)
  • American Society of Neuroradiology
    The Derek Harwood-Nash Award for Best Pediatric Neuroradiology Paper (1997)
  • The Society for Pediatric Radiology
    Certificate of Merit Award for a Scientific Paper, Comprehensive Mapping of Normal Developmental Changes in Brain Water Diffusion, St. Louis, MO (1997)
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
    Executive Council Resident Research Award, "Cerebral Blood Flow in Eclampsia and Severe Preeclampsia: A Prospective Study Utilizing Phase-Contrast MR Flow Quantification and Correlation with Conventional Parenchymal Spin-Echo MR Brain Imag (1995)
  • Southwestern Medical Foundation
    R.L. Taylor Scholarship, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas (1986)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Head and Neck Radiology
  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • Children’s Oncology Group
  • Texas Medical Association