Elizabeth A. Morris Appointed Chief of the Breast Imaging Service

Elizabeth A. Morris

Elizabeth A. Morris

Radiologist Elizabeth A. Morris has been named Chief of the Breast Imaging Service.

Elizabeth Morris is a board-certified radiologist who has served as director of breast imaging research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Clinically, her work involves interpreting mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and breast MRIs, and performing image-guided breast biopsies. Her research involves determining how best to use newer techniques such as MRI to detect breast cancer at an early stage and how to improve the analysis of breast lesions. Dr. Morris received her MD degree in 1989 from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and completed her residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She came to Memorial Sloan Kettering in 1994 as a fellow and joined the faculty in 1995.


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Thank you in advance for any time you can spend reviewing and answering my questions:

I am looking for the correct imaging technique for dense breast tissue. I was called by my ob-gyn after my initial (40 year old) mammogram appointment. Unfortunately, my breast tissue is extremely dense and they were unable to see anything clearly. She advised me to wait a year and go back using my first mammogram as a baseline.

A quick history for your consideration:
- Onset of menstruation at 14
- First child at 30. Second child at 32, breast fed both for three months
- I take a low dose of ortho-tri-cyclne to manage very heavy periods
- My sister and mother have never had breast cancer
- One of my mother’s sisters did have breast cancer in her 60s (my mother has six sisters)
- I have had two fibroid adenomas removed (one from each breast) in my 20s

If you have any recommendations for a specific imaging technique for dense breast tissue I would be very appreciative. Again, thank you for your time.


Stella Tamul


Dear Stella,

Thanks so much for your question. Here are a few blog posts on dense breast tissue, which you may find helpful:

If you’re in the NYC area, you may want to consider coming to us for breast cancer screening. More details here: https://www.mskcc.org/locations/evelyn-h-lauder-breast.

Thanks so much for your comment.