Perri Anne Morgan

Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
800 South Duke Street, Box 104780, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 681-3161

Dr. Morgan is a health services researcher focusing on PAs and NPs in the health workforce and on outcomes associated with their use in different roles and settings.  As Director of Research in the Duke PA Division, she led the development of the PA Research section, which is one of only a few such groups nationally.  As a practicing PA for 25 years, Dr. Morgan has extensive knowledge of the PA profession from the perspective of a clinician.  As one of a very few national experts on education, practice, and workforce issues related to the PA profession, Dr. Morgan is regularly invited to serve in national and state level policy advisory positions.  Her research, linked below, addresses methodological problems of data sources for use in research on PAs and NPs, the effect of PA use on health resource utilization, and use and roles of PAs and NPs in various settings.

Education and Training

  • Emory University, P.A.- C. 1987
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison, M.Ed. 2000
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison, Ph.D. 2007


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Morgan PA, de Oliveira JS, Alexander SC, Pollak KI, Jeffreys AS, Olsen MK, Arnold RM, Abernethy AP, Rodriguez KL, Tulsky JA. Comparing oncologist, nurse, and physician assistant attitudes toward discussions of negative emotions with patients. J Physician Assist Educ. 2010;21(3):13-17. PubMed PMID: 21141405.

Morgan PA, Shah ND, Kaufman JS, Albanese MA. Impact of physician assistant care on office visit resource use in the United States. Health Services Research. 2008 Oct;43(5 Pt 2):1906-1922. PubMed Central PMCID: 18665857.

Morgan PA, Strand J, Østbye T, Albanese MA. Missing in action: care by physician assistants and nurse practitioners in national health surveys. Health Services Research. 2007 Oct;42(5):2022-2037. PubMed Central PMCID: 17850531.

Morgan P, Strand J. What about physician assistants?. Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 May;24(3):886-887. PubMed PMID: 15886189. (Letter)

Judd CR, Hooker R, Morgan P. Improving physician assistant education and practice in SUD and policy recommendations on substance abuse education for physician assistants. Substance abuse. 2002 Sep;23(3 Suppl):273-287. PubMed PMID: 23581001. (Review)

Svetkey LP, George LK, Burchett BM, Morgan PA, Blazer DG. Black/white differences in hypertension in the elderly: an epidemiologic analysis in central North Carolina. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1993 Jan;137(1):64-73. PubMed Central PMCID: 8434574.

Register KB, Morgan PA, Wyrick PB. Interaction between Chlamydia spp. and human polymorphonuclear leukocytes in vitro. Infection and immunity. 1986 Jun;52(3):664-670. (Academic Article)