UA’s Dr. Wayne Morgan Receives the ‘Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award’ from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

This award is given to individuals who have spent their careers in the research and care of patients with cystic fibrosis and whose contributions have had significant influence on the course of the disease.

Wayne Morgan, MD, University of Arizona professor of pediatrics and physiology, received the prestigious Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award at the 27th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference Oct. 17 in Salt Lake City.

The award is given to individuals who have spent their careers in the research and care of patients with cystic fibrosis and whose contributions have had significant influence on the course of the disease. 

“This is the most prestigious award given by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to a clinician,” said Michele Murphy, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Southern Arizona. “We are very proud and grateful for the care provided by Dr. Morgan and his team.”

Dr. Morgan, division chief of pulmonology, allergy and immunology in the UA Department of Pediatrics, has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) for more than 30 years. He served on the Clinical Research Committee for 10 years and chaired or participated in other grant reviews for the CFF. He is also the founding chair of the CFF Data Safety Monitoring Board, which oversees CFF clinical research to maintain scientific integrity and participant safety. He co-directs the CFF-funded Tucson Cystic Fibrosis Center with Cori Daines, MD, associate professor, Division of Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology, who also directs the CF research program at the UA.

Dr. Morgan also chaired the Epidemiologic Study of Cystic Fibrosis (ESCF), which collected data from 1993 to 2006 on more than 20,000 patients and has led to more than 45 publications. Dr. Morgan and the ESCF team pioneered detailed cystic fibrosis site-specific reports and quality-improvement efforts as well.

For more than 35 years, Dr. Morgan has provided clinical care to children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary diseases. He is also a faculty member of the UA Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC), a program funded by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. One of only six such programs in the nation, PPC is directed by Mark Brown, MD, professor, Division of Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology. The PPC team plays an important role in educating providers in both asthma and CF care. 

Moreover, Dr. Morgan is an internationally acclaimed physician-scientist with the UA Steele Children’s Research Center and the Arizona Respiratory Center. His research interests include asthma, cystic fibrosis and sleep medicine. His expertise as a respiratory physiologist has been critical to the success of the Tucson’ Children’s Respiratory Study (TCRS), a National Institutes of Health-funded study of respiratory health and asthma from infancy through early adulthood.