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Brett T. Morgan, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Professor
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
(919) 613-5709
3033 Pearson Building

Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA, joined the School of Nursing faculty in July 2012 as Assistant Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and Assistant Professor. In this role, he was responsible for on-campus and online didactic instruction as well as student admissions and student evaluations for the CRNA program. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise and completed his undergraduate nursing education with a BSN at The Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, he completed the Master of Science in nurse anesthesia at Georgetown University and achieved CRNA certification. He earned the DNP at Johns Hopkins in 2009.

Dr. Morgan comes to DUSON from the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he coordinated the graduate didactic curriculum and capstone project process. He also served as lead CRNA and instructor on UNC-G surgical/medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Morgan has practiced anesthesia in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 2007 in a variety of clinical settings including Level 1 trauma, cardiovascular surgery, pediatric and neonatal surgery, outpatient surgery, and obstetrical anesthesia. He has served on anesthesia practice committees within multiple departments of anesthesiology throughout Raleigh.

His clinical and scholarly interests include evaluation of the practice of anesthesia (internationally and domestically) as well as effective practices in the preparation of CRNAs, quality improvement and safety in anesthesia care, and policy developments that guide the practice of anesthesia delivery by nurses. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is past-president of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists and has served on several of the organization's committees.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program


  • DNP - The Johns Hopkins University
  • MS - Georgetown University
  • BSN - The Johns Hopkins University
  • BS - Virginia Tech University

Awards and Honors

  • 2006 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2005 || Richard Oullette Research Award, AANA Foundation

Areas of Expertise

  • Anesthesia
  • Global and Community Health
  • Quality of Care / Patient Safety

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- Funk, E. and Taicher, B. and Thompson, J. and Iannello , K. and Morgan, B. and Hawks, S. Structured handover in the pediatric postanesthesia care unit. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. August 8, 2015, Epub ahead of print
  • 2013 -- Morgan, B. T. Appreciating our nurse anesthetists. Duke Chronicle. January 25, 2013
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DNP '17 alumna Kaitlin Bazemore, Brett Morgan and Victoria Goode recently published an article entitled "Utilization of the STOP-Bang Questionnaire as a Standard Screening Tool for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Veteran Administration Surgical Patients" in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Co-authors include Michelle Barker.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Brett Morgan was recently awarded a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships grant in the amount of $83,855 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The purpose of the grant is to support DUSON's efforts to provide funding to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including medically underserved areas and rural areas, who indicate an intention to practice in those areas upon completion of the Nurse Anesthesia program. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Benjamin Smallheer, Brett Morgan, Margie Molloy and Helen Gordon were recently awarded a Faculty Advancement Seed Grant from the Office for Faculty Advancement at Duke University.

Their project, “A Faculty Development Workshop on Gender Associated Incivility and Nursing Education” was one of five grants awarded for Spring 2018.

Friday, April 20, 2018

As part of their Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Students Aisha Allen and Tedrick Vernon recently participated on a student panel at the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Conference at Emory University. Faculty member Brett Morgan also participated on a program director panel.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DUSON was recently featured in an article entitled "Around the schools: Books over basketballs at Williams" published in Times-News

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Duke University School of Nursing’s Institute for Educational Excellence will host the 8th annual Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education Conference March 22 and 23. This year’s theme is “The Science of Learning.”

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kathy Pereira and Brett Morgan recently co-authored a poster entitled "Implementing Nurse Anesthesia BSN to DNP Education: Challenges, Successes and Considerations for the Future" that was presented by Pereira at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DNP alumna Brandi Tinsbloom, MSN alumni Robert Whitehurst and faculty members Chris Muckler and Brett Morgan recently published an article entitled "Evaluating the Implementation of a Preemptive, Multimodal Analgesia Protocol in a Plastic Surgery Office" in Plastic Surgical Nursing. Additional co-author includes William Stoeckel, owner of Wake Plastic Surgery in Cary, NC. 


Monday, November 13, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has been awarded a 2017 “Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing” award by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). The award recognizes DUSON’s significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in nursing, providing men a supportive educational environment, and educating faculty, students, and the community about the contributions men have made and continue to make to the nursing profession.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Kathryn Kreider and Brett Morgan were recently selected for the 2018 Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP). DCLP is designed for mid-career clinical faculty who show extraordinary promise for future leadership roles at Duke.