Rustin Morse, MD

Rustin Moore, MD, MMM

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Rustin Morse, MD, serves as chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Morse is a nationally recognized leader in pediatric quality and safety and currently serves on the national Clinical Steering Committee for Solutions for Patient Safety and the Quality and Safety Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Hospital Association. His academic interests, national presentations and publications span a variety of topics including patient safety, patient satisfaction, quality measurement, improvement methodologies and variations in care and outcomes. He is a sought-after thought leader on pediatric quality and safety and is regularly recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.” 

Dr. Morse received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Upstate Medical University. He then completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He obtained a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

A board-certified pediatric emergency room physician who has continued to practice emergency medicine throughout his career, Dr. Morse has a successful track record leading and advancing quality and safety programs in pediatric health care. This includes serving as medical director for quality at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and senior vice president for quality and safety and chief quality officer at Children’s Health in Dallas.

In addition to his leadership in quality and safety, Dr. Morse has extensive management and operational experience, including overseeing a pediatric specialty care hospital providing rehabilitative services such as neurology, pulmonary and feeding, along with a network of outpatient rehabilitation specialty centers. He is also an experienced professional trainer and coach, having led staff safety, occupational health and patient experience efforts.

Academic and Clinical Areas

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 07/31/2020

Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics
Fellowship Ann and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chic Date Completed: 06/30/1998
Residency Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Date Completed: 06/30/1995
Medical School State University of New York - Upstate Medical Uni Date Completed: 08/30/1995
NICU nurse and patient

Zero Hero | The Next Chapter

Zero Hero was launched in 2009 as part of Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Quality and Safety efforts. Led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rustin Morse, Zero Hero challenges us all to help eliminate preventable harm.