Getting to know chief operating officer Rosanna Morris

This past April, Rosanna Morris joined MD Anderson as chief operating officer (COO). In this role, she  oversees our inpatient and outpatient operations to ensure we deliver high quality care for our cancer patients and their families. Prior to joining MD Anderson, Morris served as president at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, a 1,100-bed academic medical center affiliated with the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She’s a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree and more than two decades of executive hospital leadership, including roles as a health system chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. Morris previously served in several executive leadership roles, including ad interim chief executive officer at Nebraska Medicine, an academic health system in Omaha. We spoke with Morris to learn more about her. Here’s what she wants our patients and their families to know. What brought you to MD Anderson? The people and the mission. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to positively and tangibly impact a disease, let alone cancer, on a global level. Like so many people here, I’m deeply committed to ending cancer and excited to join an extraordinary team of 21,000. What are your first impressions of MD Anderson? Southern hospitality is real. People have been so welcoming. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many experts who are aligned around a single purpose – there’s incredible power in that. We truly have pioneering spirits at all levels here, and I’m proud to be a member of such a driven team. Also, MD Anderson is truly one of a kind on so many levels.  What does a COO do? I work closely with President...