Prepared for the Scoliosis Research Society by George H. Thompson, MD
The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has lost one of its Emeritus Members. Morey S. Moreland, MD passed away on October 2, 2011, from sepsis secondary to neutropenia from treatment of recently diagnosed leukemia. A bone marrow transplant was scheduled which would have given him a reasonable chance for a cure. He became an SRS member in 1983 and an Emeritus Member in 2008.
Dr. Moreland received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wyoming in 1961 and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1965. After his internship and a year of general surgery residency at the same institution, he entered the United States Navy as a flight surgeon. Three years later, he began his orthopaedic residency at the University of Vermont. His last year of training was as the Lord Nuffield Scholar (senior registrar) in Orthopaedics at Oxford University in England. Dr. Moreland then joined the orthopaedic faculty at the University of Vermont. In 1981-1982 he was a visiting fellow at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. In 1989, Dr. Moreland became the inaugural William F. and Jean W. Donaldson, Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and held this Endowed Chair until 2009. Between 1989 and 1998, he was the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at that facility. From 2003 to 2009, he was the Executive Vice Chair for Research where he successfully coordinated the research efforts of the department. Most recently, Dr. Moreland was the department’s Senior Vice Chairman.
Dr. Moreland was an expert on spinal deformities in children and was very involved in Moiré topography. During his academic career, he published 60 peer-reviewed publications mostly dealing with spinal deformity, eight chapters in textbooks and delivered numerous national and international lectures. He was a very active member of SRS as well as the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS). He was also an active member of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the Pediatric Society of North America (POSNA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank (IPOTT), Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT), and the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities of which he was President from 1999 to2001. He also was President of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Medical Staff from 1999-2001.
Dr. Moreland is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn Danielson Moreland, and their daughter, Michelle of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the past ten years he and his wife participated in Christian medical missions to Honduras under the direction of CURE, International. They were also avid sailors and skiers. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael. He was also survived by his sister, Bambi Sturbois and her husband of Taos, New Mexico. He was a special friend to many members of SRS and will be missed.
A memorial service was held at the Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday, October 7. The Moreland Family has asked that donations be sent to CURE, International (Honduras), 701 Bosler Ave., Lemoyne, PA 17043 or the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 3471 Fifth Ave., Suite 1011, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 for the Morey S. Moreland, MD, Stem Cell Research Center Memorial Fund.