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Michael J. Morowitz, MD

Job Title Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-7280 Phone
412-692-6069 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1998 Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.


2007 Pediatric Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.
2005 Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.


  • American College of Surgeons, Associate Fellow
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • Surgical Infection Society
  • Association for Academic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
  • DEA


  • Carlisle EM, Poroyko V, Caplan MS, Alverdy J, Morowitz MJ, Liu D.  Murine gut microbiota and    transcriptome are diet dependent.  Ann Surg, 2012 Sep 21.   
  • Sharon I, Morowitz MJ, Thomas BC, Costello EK, Relman DA, Banfield JF.  Time series community genomics analysis reveals rapid shifts in bacterial species, stains, and phage during infant gut colonization.  Genome Res, 2012 Aug 30.
  • Sodhi CP, Neal MD, Siggers R, Sho S, Ma C, Branca MF, Prindle T Jr, Russo AM, Afrazi A, Good M, Brower-Sinning R, Firek B, Morowitz MJ, Ozolek JA, Gittes GK, Billiar TR, Hackam DJ.  Intestinal epithelial toll-like receptor 4 regulates goblet cell development and is required for necrotizing enterocolities in mice.  Gastroenterology.  Sep;143(3):708-718.e5.

Clinical Specialties

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis research
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Pediatric surgical oncology

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Pathogenicity of Intestinal Microbes in Milk Fed and Formula Fed Premature Infants
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December 11, 2012
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