Chief Operating Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Rosanna Morris is chief operating officer (COO) of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, overseeing inpatient and outpatient operations. She works closely with the president and other executive leaders to oversee MD Anderson’s clinical enterprise.
Morris has more than 25 years of leadership experience in clinical and hospital operations, planning and patient care. She previously 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. The hospital is part of Michigan’s largest health system, Beaumont Health, which consists of eight hospitals, 187 health centers, 5,000 physicians and 38,000 employees. She brings clinical expertise and experience as a bachelor’s degree-prepared registered nurse combined with more than two decades of executive hospital leadership, including roles as a health system chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. With a Master of Business Administration, she has a track record for clinical excellence, patient safety and quality, and employee engagement.
Morris previously served in several executive leadership roles at Nebraska Medicine, an academic health system in Omaha. She was the first female Hispanic chief executive officer of a major health system in the region when she was appointed system interim chief executive officer. Before that, she was system chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. During her time at Nebraska Medicine, Morris led a multi-campus master facility planning and expansion effort, which included development of a comprehensive outpatient strategy. She also co-led the system’s Epic implementation and served as an executive committee member for the development of the recently opened Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center. As chief nursing officer, Morris led The Joint Commission reaccreditation and Magnet redesignation efforts at Nebraska Medicine.
She also has held a number of executive and clinical positions at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha; Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna, Florida; and Stanford University in California.