Jessica Morris, MD

Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine

What is your current training program?

I am the first fellow in the newly established Duke Transplant Nephrology fellowship program

Where is your hometown?

Akron, Ohio

Education and Training

  • College/University- University of Notre Dame
  • ​Medical School- The Ohio State University
  • Residency- Duke University

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society - Inducted 2012
  • Chief Fellow 2017-2018- Duke Nephrology  

What are your career goals?

I am interested in transplant nephrology.

What were you looking for in a fellowship program?

I was looking for combination of rigorous clinical training within a supportive working environment.

Which Scholar pathway did you choose and why?

I chose the clinical concentration- transplant with plans to pursue additional transplant training after completion of fellowship.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

I love working at a busy quaternary hospital system that takes care of complex, acutely ill patients which is balanced within a program which emphasizes quality of life and education. Fellowship is about preparing you for whatever career path you choose, and Duke historically and consistently works with fellows to tailor their second and third years to their needs and career goals.

What has surprised you most about Duke?

Acceptance of change. Duke and the program continually assess and reassess how to improve educational experiences for fellows whether that is conferences, rotation schedules, and concentrations. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and fellows?

The program leadership deeply cares for fellow wellbeing. There is a collegial environment in clinic and on rounds which improves the overall day to day experience.

What have you liked about living in Durham/RTP?

RTP is a great place to live! An easy commute, very affordable housing market (space!), amazing restaurants, beautiful weather (only snows ~1x per year!), mountains and a beach within 3 hours!

What advice would you give about moving to Durham? 

There are multiple great locations in the RTP area which can fit anyone's needs (school districts, spouse job market, renting vs buying) so research before your move!

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Education and Training

  • Fellow, Transplant, Duke University Medical Center, Duke University, 2018 - 2019
  • Fellow, Nephrology, Duke University Medical Center, Duke University, 2016 - 2018
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Duke University Medical Center, Duke University, 2014 - 2016
  • M.D., The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2013