Esi M. Morgan, MD, MSCE

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4676



Childhood rheumatic diseases; juvenile idiopathic arthritis; juvenile dermatomyositis; sarcoidosis


Patient reported outcomes measure development; quality Improvement; health services research; economic evaluations; comparative effectiveness

Esi Morgan, MD, MSCE, is a pediatric rheumatologist and researcher. Clinical care spans the childhood rheumatic diseases, with focus on juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile dermatomyositis.

Her research training and experience includes epidemiology and health services research, in addition to specialization in quality improvement methods and application to improve health care delivery. Dr. Morgan leads a research project to develop new measures to assess pain in children and youth, as well as to validate measures of health related quality of life in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis or chronic pain as part of a national network of investigators.

Dr. Morgan is a leader in a multi-center quality improvement network to improve the outcome of care in children with JIA, the Pediatric-Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network. Additionally, she has served on expert panels in development of JIA treatment recommendations and measures of quality of care in treatment of JIA.

MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1999.

Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2002.

Fellowship: Rheumatology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

MSCE: University of Pennsylvania, Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

Certification:  Pediatrics, 2002; Pediatric Rheumatology, 2006.

View PubMed Publications

Dewitt EM, Stucky BD, Thissen D, Irwin DE, Langer M, Varni JW, Lai JS, Yeatts KB, Dewalt DA. Construction of the eight-item patient-reported outcomes measurement information system pediatric physical function scales: built using item response theory. J Clin Epidemiol. 2011 Jul;64(7):794-804.

Beukelman T, Patkar NM, Saag KG, Tolleson-Rinehart S, Cron RQ, DeWitt EM, et al. American College of Rheumatology recommendations for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis: initiation and safety monitoring of therapeutic agents for the treatment of arthritis and systemic features. Arthritis Care Res. 2011 Apr;63(4):465-82.

Dinan MA, Compton KL, Dhillon JK, Hammill BG, Dewitt EM, Weinfurt KP, Schulman KA. Use of patient-reported outcomes in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Med Care. 2011 Apr;49(4):415-9.

Lovell DJ, Passo MH, Beukelman T, Bowyer SL, Gottlieb BS, Henrickson M, Ilowite NT, Kimura Y, DeWitt EM, Segerman J, Stein LD, Taylor J, Vehe RK, Giannini EH. Measuring process of arthritis care: a proposed set of quality measures for the process of care in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 Jan;63(1):10-6.

Varni JW, Stucky BD, Thissen D, Dewitt EM, Irwin DE, Lai JS, Yeatts K, Dewalt DA. PROMIS Pediatric Pain Interference Scale: An item response theory analysis of the Pediatric Pain Item Bank. J Pain. 2010 Nov;11(11):1109-19.

Irwin DE, Stucky BD, Thissen D, Dewitt EM, Lai JS, Yeatts K, Varni JW, DeWalt DA. Sampling plan and patient characteristics of the PROMIS pediatrics large – scale survey. Qual Life Res. 2010 May;19(4):585-94.

DeWitt EM, Lin L, Glick HA, Anstrom KJ, Schulman KA, Reed SD. Pattern and predictors of the initiation of biologic agents for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the United States: an analysis using a large observational data bank. Clin Ther. 2009 Aug; 31(8):1871-80; discussion 1858.

Morgan DeWitt E, Glick HA, Albert DA, Joffe M, Wolfe F. Medicare coverage of tumor necrosis factor α inhibitors as an influence on physicians’ prescribing behavior. Arch of Intern Med. 2006;166:57-63.

Book Chapters

DeWitt EM, Schanberg LE, Rabinovich CE. Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases.  In RM Kleigman, BM Stanton, J St. Geme, N Schor, RE Behrman (Eds.), Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Elsevier Saunders: Philadelphia, PA, 2011.

Wu EY, DeWitt, EM. Sarcoidosis.  In RM Kleigman, BM Stanton, J St. Geme, N Schor, RE Behrman (Eds.), Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.19th ed. Elsevier Saunders:  Philadelphia, PA, 2011.