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Ryan P. Morton, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor


M.D. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Maywood, IL
Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude
B.Sc.University of Notre Dame May 2005 Notre Dame,

Awards & Accomplishments

University of Washington Neurological Surgical Residency

Synthes Award for Outstanding Cerebrovascular Abstract- Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2012

DePuy Synthes Resident Craniofacial Award – American Academy of Neurological Surgeons 2016

Courage To Lead Award- presented for Outstanding resident leadership 2012, 2013

Department Representative to the House Officers Union 2014-2016

Loyola University Chicago- Stritch School of Medicine:

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society 2008-09

Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society 2008

Gunnar research Grant ($1,500)

STAR grant award ($1,500) 2008

Best Performance in Surgery Clerkship 2008-09

Best Performance during the First Year Curriculum 2006

4 Year Full-Tuition Army Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) 2005-09

University of Notre Dame:

Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society 2004

Army Notre Dame ROTC Cadet of the year


Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Member, CV section AANS/CNS


Morton RP, Abecassis IJ, Hanson JF, Barber J, Nerva JD, Emerson SN, Ene CI, Chowdhary MM, Levitt MR, Ko AL, DellitTH, Chesnut RM. Timing of Cranioplasty: A 10 Year Single Center Analysis of 754 patients. Journal of Neurosurgery Ahead of Print 2017

2. Morton RP, Abecassis IJ, Moore AE, Kim LJ, Sekhar LN The Use of Ultrasound for Postoperative Monitoring of Cerebral Bypass Grafts: A Technical Report. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 2017, Ahead of Print 2017

3. Morton RP, Abecassis IJ, Hanson JF, Barber J, Nerva JD, Emerson SN, Ene CI, Chowdhary MM, Levitt MR, Ko AL, DellitTH, Chesnut RM. Predictors of infection after 754 cranioplasty operations and the value of intraoperative cultures for cryopreserved bone flaps. Journal of neurosurgery 125 (3), 766-770

4. Morton RP, Ellenbogen RG. Commentary: Severe Pediatric Head Injury During the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts. Neurosurgery 77(1), July 2015, p 8. DOI: 0.1227/NEU.0000000000000758

5. Morton RP, Levitt MR, Emerson SN, Ghodke BV, Hallam DK, Sekhar LN, Kim LJ, Chesnut. RM Natural History and Management of Blunt Traumatic Pseudoaneurysms of the Internal Carotid Artery. Annals of Surgery 2015. DOI:10.1097/SLA.000000000000001158

6. Morton RP, F Tariq, MR Levitt, JD Nerva, M Mossa-Basha, LN Sekhar, DK Hallam, LJ Kim, BV Ghodke. Radiographic and clinical outcomes in cavernous carotid fistula with special focus on alternative transvenous access techniques; Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 2014

7. Morton RP, JD Nerva, IJ Abecassis, DL Silbergeld, LJ Kim. Operative Cytoreduction For Recurrent Glioblastoma. World neurosurgery 2014; 82 (6), 929-931

8. Morton RP, LJ Kim. Anterior petroclinoid fold fenestration: an adjunct to clipping of postero-laterally projecting posterior communicating aneurysms Comments NEUROSURGICAL REVIEW 37 (4), 641

9. Morton RP, Moore AE, Barber J, Tariq F, Hare K, Ghodke B, Kim LJ, Sekhar LN. Monitoring High-Flow EC-IC Bypass Via Transcranial Duplex Ultrasound: An 8 year experience in 80 patients.Neurosurgery 74 (1), 62-70

10. Morton RP, Hank B, Levitt MR, Fink KT, Peterson EC, Kim LJ, Chesnut RM. Blunt Traumatic Occlusion of the Carotid and Vertebral Arteries: A Single Center Experience. Journal of neurosurgery 120 (6), 1446-1450

11. Morton RP, Reynolds RM, Ramakrishna R, Levitt RM, Lee A, Browd SR. Low-Dose Head CT in Children: A Single Institutional Experience in Pediatric Radiation Risk Reduction Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 12 (4), 406-410

12. Morton RP, Reynolds RM, Ramakrishna R, Levitt RM, Lee A, Browd SR Avoiding routine postoperative head CT in children RESPONSE. Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 13 (5), 586-587

13. Morton RP, Kim LJ. Preconditioning Effect on Cerebral Vasospasm in Patients With Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage COMMENTS. Neurosurgery 74:358-359, 2014

14. Morton RP, Lucas TH 2nd, Ko A, Browd SR, Ellenbogen RG, Chesnut RM. Intracerebral Abscess Associated with the Camino(R) Intracranial Pressure Monitor: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Journal of neurosurgery 114 (2), 375-380

15. Morton RP, Ackerman PD, Krezlaek M Leonetti JP, Anderson DE Prognostic factors for the incidence and recovery of delayed facial nerve palsy after vestibular schwannoma resection. J Neurosurg 2011 Feb;114(2):375-80.

16. Morton RP, Filardi T Z, Tredway T, Unrepaired Myelomeningocele in a Geriatric Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Journal of Clinical Case Reports, 2013

17. Morton RP, Hebb AO Comment on “What patients with gilles de la tourette syndrome should be treated with deep brain stimulation and what is the best target? Neurosurgery 71 (1), 192-192 2012

18. Abecassis IJ, Morton RM, Kim LJ, Ghodke BV, Levitt MR. Combined direct and indirect traumatic carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF): Case report and review of the literature. J. Clinical Neuroscience. Published ahead of print 2017

19. Abecassis IJ, Morton RP, McGrath LM, Hanson J, Anna XH, Kelly CM, Levitt MR, Sekhar LN, Kim LJ. Respiratory and swallowing outcomes based on aneurysm location in 360 patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Ahead of Print World Neurosurgery 2017

20. Xu, DS, Levitt MR, Kalani YA, Morton RP, Speztler RF, McDougall CG. Dolichoectatic aneurysms of the vertebrobasilar system: clinical and radiographic factors that predict poor outcomes. Journal of Neurosurgery. Published ahead of Print 2017.

21. Abecassis IJ, Morton RP, Kim LJ, Ghodke BV, Levitt MR. Combined direct and indirect traumatic carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF): Case report and review of the literature. J. Clinical Neuroscience. Published ahead of print 2017

22. Bales J, Morton RP, Airhart N, Flum D, Avellino AM. Transanal presentation of a distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheter: Management of bowel perforation without laparotomy. SNI: Pediatric Neurosurgery Vol 7: Suppl 44. 2016

23. Barbour MC, McGah PM, Levitt MR, Morton RP, Nerva JD, Mourad PD, Kim LJ, Aliseda. In Vitro Validation of Endovascular Doppler-derived Flow Rates in Cerebral Vessels. Physiological measurement. 2016

24. Levitt MR, Barbour MC, Roscoat SR, Morton RP et al. Computational fluid dynamics of cerebral aneurysm coiling using high-resolution and high-energy synchrotron X-ray microtomography: comparison with the homogeneous porous medium approach neurintsurg-2016-012479

25. Ene CI, Nerva JD, Morton RP et al Safety and efficacy of carmustine (BCNU) wafers for metastatic brain tumors. Surg Neurol Int. 7(Suppl 11): S295–S299. Surg Neurol Int. 2016; 7(Suppl 11): S295–S299.

26. Ene CI, Xu D, Morton RP et al Safety and Efficacy of Preoperative Embolization of Intracranial Hemangioblastomas. Operative Neurosurgery: June 2016 – Volume 12 – Issue 2 – p 135–140 doi: 0.1227/NEU.0000000000001014

27. Bonow RH, Bales JB, Morton RP, Levitt MR, Zhang FZ. Reversible Coma and Duret Hemorrhage After Intracranial Hypotension From Remote Lumbar Spine Surgery. Accepted for publication JNS Spine 2015.

28. Abel TJ, Buckley RT, Morton RP, Gabikian P, Silbergeld DL Recurrent Supplementary Motor Area Syndrome Following Repeat Brain Tumor Resection Involving Supplementary Motor Cortex. Operative Neurosurgery 2015. DOI: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000847

29. Ene CI, Morton RP, Ferreira MJ, Sekhar LN, Kim LJ. Spontaneous Hemorrhage from Central Nervous System Hemangioblastomas. World Neurosurgery 2015doi:10.1016/j.wneu.2015.02.009

30. Nerva JD, Abecassis IJ, Morton RP, Kim LJ Hemicraniectomy in Older Patients with Malignant MCA Infarction World neurosurgery 2015 doi:10.1016/j.wneu.2015.01.007

31. Bly RA, Morton RP, Kim LJ, Moe KS. Tension Pneumocephalus after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: A Technical Report of Multiportal Endoscopic Skull Base Repair. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. December 2014; 151 (6) 1081-3

32. IJ Abecassis, RP Morton, JD Nerva, LJ Kim. Immunotherapy for Secondary Glioblastoma Multiforme: Towards an Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) Vaccine. World neurosurgery 2014; 82 (6), 933-935

33. Reynolds RM, Morton RP,Walker ML, Massagli TL,Browd SR. Role of dorsal rhizotomy in spinal cord injury induced spasticity: Report of 3 cases. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 14 (3), 266-270. DOI: 10.3171/2014.5.PEDS13459.

34. Peterson E.C, Hanak B, Levitt MR, Osbun JW; Morton RP; Sekhar LN;Kim LJ Are aneurysms treated with balloon assisted coiling and stent assisted coiling morphologically different? Morphological analysis of 113 unruptured wide-necked aneurysms treated with adjunctive devices. Neurosurgery 75:145–151, 2014

35. Nerva JD, Morton RP, Levit MR, Osbun JO, Ferreria MJ, Ghodke BV, Kim LJ Pipeline Embolization Device as primary treatment for blister aneurysms and iatrogenic pseudoaneurysms of the internal carotid artery. Journal of neurointerventional surgery neurintsurg-2013-011047

36. McGah PM, Levitt MR, Barbour MC, Morton RP, Nerva JD, Mourad PD, Ghodke BV, Hallam DH, Sekhar LN, Kim LJ, Aliseda A Accuracy of Computational Cerebral Aneurysm Hemodynamics Using Patient-Specific Endovascular Measurements . Annals of biomedical engineering 42 (3), 503-514

37. Levitt MR, McGah PM, Aliseda A, Mourad P, Nerva JD, Vaidya S, Morton RP, Ghodke BV, Kim, LJ. Endovascular sonography of intracranial aneurysms treated with flow-diverting stents: Computational modeling using patient-specific measurements. American Journal of Neuroradiology 35 (1), 143-148

38. Levitt MR, Morton RP, Peterson EC, Osbun JW, Hallam DK, Kim LJ, Ghodke BV, Haynor D, Cohen W, Tozer Fink, KR Angiographic perfusion imaging: Real-time assessment of endovascular treatment for cerebral vasospasm. Journal of Neuroimaging 24 (4), 387-392

39. Sekhar, LN, Tariq, F, Morton RP, Ghodke B, Hallam DK, Barber J, Kim LJ. Basilar tip aneurysms: Microsurgical and Endovascular Treatment-A contemporary series. Neurosurgery. 2013 Feb;72(2):284-98; discussion 298-9.

40. Levitt MR, Morton RP, Mai JC, Ghodke BV, Hallam DK. Endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms in Loeys-Dietz syndrome. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery 4:e37, 2012

41. Sekhar LN, Morton RP. Comment on: Risk Factors for Three Phases of 12-Month Mortality in a Defined Population after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. World Neurosurg. 78 (6), 579-580 2011