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Ryan W. Morgan, MD, MTR
Ryan W. Morgan
Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Morgan is a resuscitation scientist who studies pediatric cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through both translational laboratory work and clinical studies. His focus is to identify disease-specific pathophysiology that can be specifically targeted during CPR.



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Dr. Morgan is a graduate of Binghamton University of the State University of New York, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology. He earned his MD from New York University School of Medicine and a Master’s in Translational Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed pediatrics residency training at Columbia University/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, followed by pediatric critical care medicine fellowship training at CHOP.

Dr. Morgan is currently an assistant professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at CHOP.

Dr. Morgan’s research focus is on pediatric cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, with an emphasis on cardiac arrest physiology and the tailoring of resuscitation therapies to individual patients. He conducts both translational laboratory and clinical studies in pediatric resuscitation, and is involved in cardiac arrest quality improvement at the local and national levels.

Education and Training

BS, Binghamton University (Cell and Molecular Biology), State University of New York, 2006

MD, New York University School of Medicine, 2010

Residency, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center (Pediatrics), 2013

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine), 2016

MTR, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Translational Research), 2017

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009-
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2013-
  • University of Pennsylvania Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, 2015-
  • American Heart Association, 2015-
  • American Thoracic Society, 2015-
  • AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee Pediatric Emphasis Group, 2018-
  • AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee Systems of Care Subcommittee, 2018-
  • Penn Cardiovascular Institute, 2019-

Professional Awards

  • Critical Care Medicine Teacher of the Year Award, 2019
  • Early Career Faculty Teaching Honor Roll, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Pediatrics Section Travel Grant, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2016
  • Star Research Achievement Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2016
  • Institute of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • Physician of the Year Award, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian, 2011
  • Rosa Lee Nemir Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine, 2010
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2009
  • American Heart Association Young Investigator Award, 2020
  • 40 Under 40 Award, Citizen CPR Foundation, 2021

Publication Highlights

Lauridsen KG, Lasa JJ, Raymond TT, Yu P, Niles D, Sutton RM, Morgan RW, Hazinski MF, Griffis H, Hanna R, Zhang X, Berg RA, VNadkarni VM, pediRES-Q Investigators. Association of chest compression pause duration prior to E-CPR cannulation with cardiac arrest survival outcomes. Resuscitation. 2022 Aug; 85-92. PubMed PMID: 35588971
Morgan RW, Atkins DL, Hsu A, Kamath-Rayne BD, Aziz K, Berg RA, Bhanji F, Chan M, Cheng A, Chiotos K, de Caen A, Duff JP, Fuchs S, Joyner Jr BL, Kleinman M, Lasa JJ, Lee HC, Lehotzky RE, Levy A, McBride ME, Meckler G, Nadkarni V, Raymond T, Roberts K, Stephen Schexnayder SM, Sutton RM, Terry M, Walsh B, Zelop CM, Sasson C, Topjian A. Guidance for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation of Children With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19. Pediatrics. 2022 Jul; PubMed PMID: 35818123
White BR, Ko TS, Morgan RW, Baker WB, Benson EJ, Lafontant A, Starr JP, Landis WP, Andersen K, Jahnavi J, Breimann J, Delso N, Morton S, Roberts AL, Lin Y, Graham K, Berg RA, Yodh AG, Licht DJ, Kilbaugh TJ. Low frequency power in cerebral blood flow is a biomarker of neurologic injury in the acute period after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2022 Jul; 178: 12-18. PubMed PMID: 35817269
Keim G, Himebauch AS, Yehya N, Slovis JC, Kilbaugh TJ, Stinson HR, Chiotos K, Morgan RW. Abandon Noninvasive Ventilation in Bronchiolitis? How Unrecognized Bias Can Lead to Problematic Conclusions. Crit Care Med. 2022 Jul; 50(7): e653-e654e. PubMed PMID: 35726990
Kienzle MF, Morgan RW, Dewan M, Hebbar KB, Nadkarni VM, Srinivasan V, Tegtmeyer K, Sutton RM, Wolfe HA. Weight-Based Versus Flat Dosing of Epinephrine During Cardiac Arrest in the PICU: A Multicenter Survey. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2022 Jun; PubMed PMID: 35678459

Active Grants/Contracts

  • Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Survival and Neurologic Outcomes (PiCASO)
  • 2019-2024
  • The objectives of this grant are: 1) to evaluate the survival effect of two different blood pressure targets during hemodynamic-directed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (HD-CPR); 2) to determine the relationship between these hemodynamic-directed strategies on cerebral blood flow and oxygenation; 3) to validate the use of noninvasive measures of these cerebral metrics during pediatric cardiac arrest; 4) to elucidate molecular mechanisms that may contribute to long-term cognitive deficits after pediatric cardiac arrest; and 5) to test a promising mitochondria-directed therapy to preserve cellular energy production.
  • PI: Todd J. Kilbaugh


  • Validation of Physiologic CPR Quality Using Non-invasive Waveform Analytics (CPR-NOVA)
  • 2019-2022
  • The objective of this ancillary R01 is to leverage the unique hemodynamic waveform database of the parent R01 clinical trial to validate non-invasive physiologic CPR quality monitors to improve CPR quality and outcomes of children who suffer cardiac arrests.
  • Co-PIs: Robert M. Sutton, Robert A. Berg
  • Pulmonary Hypertension-Associated Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
  • 2020-2025
  • The scientific objectives of this grant are to delineate the epidemiology of pulmonary hypertension-associated pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest and to quantify the physiologic effects of pulmonary hypertension and of inhaled nitric oxide treatment during CPR through two prospective observational cohort studies.
  • PI: Ryan W. Morgan