Associate Director, UCLA Comprehensive Health Program
Brian Morris, M.D. earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. In 1992, he received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he graduated with distinction. He then completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Morris is board certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Morris practiced for five years in the Harvard Medical School system at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center serving as Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Director of his full-time clinical practice. While there, he created a lifestyle management program to help patients adopt healthy nutritional and exercise changes. In 2001, Dr. Morris joined the Harvill-Tschumy Clinic, a widely respected internal medicine practice in Dallas, and became a full partner in 2005. In Dallas, Dr. Morris was recognized as an expert in preventive care and was often sought by specialists to help their most challenging patients lose weight and develop healthy lifestyles.
In 2008, Dr. Morris, his wife, and their four children moved to Los Angeles and he joined the Faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Morris was appointed Associate Director of the Comprehensive Health Program and Asst. Professor of Medicine at UCLA in its Division of General Internal Medicine. For many years, he has been selected by peers and patients as one of "America's Top Doctors" as recognized by both U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly. He has been selected as a "Top Doctor" by The Hollywood Reporter and as one of "America's Top Physicians" by the Consumers' Research Council of America.
Dr. Morris is the author of the national bestseller The Wellness Code: The Evidence-Based Prescription for Weight Loss, Longevity, Health and Happiness. The book, which reached #1 on Amazon, is a practical guide to why diets don't work and how to effectively lose weight, improve health, and find lasting happiness. He also teaches the principles of The Wellness Code to companies, organizations, and individuals. He previously authored a chapter for the premiere edition of the textbook "Primary Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach" (which was selected as book of the year by the American Journal of Nursing).
Dr. Morris is also the author and host of the award-winning iTunes podcast Five Minute WellCast which teaches important topics related to nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, and other healthy lifestyle practices. The podcast was named by iTunes as one of the best new podcasts of 2014 and has ranked as the #1 most listened to medical program on all of iTunes. In addition, he is the author and host of the iTunes podcast Five Minute DocCast which teaches optimal patient care practices for the medical community. This podcast was named by iTunes as one of the best new podcasts of 2014. His third health podcast, Five Minute WeightCast launched in late 2015. All of the podcasts are also featured on SoundCloud.
Dr. Morris has written and consulted on numerous articles in the lay press including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Know More TV, Men's Health, UCLA Healthy Years, The Saturday Evening Post, The Robb Report, and Delta Sky Magazine. These articles have focused on educating and empowering patients about the practices of healthy living.
In order to teach children about healthy lifestyle practices, he created the "Healthy Habits for Children Educational Outreach Program" which is a community outreach program for elementary schools. This program teaches basic healthy lifestyle principles related to nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management to help children. Dr. Morris teaches this program at elementary schools throughout Southern California.
Dr. Morris is passionate about working in partnership with patients to design individualized, comprehensive healthy lifestyle programs that allow them to optimize their health and wellness.