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Will Morris, PhD, DAOM, MSEd, LAc

Guest Lecturer

PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2009
DAOM, Traditional Oriental Medicine, Emperor’s College, 2006
MSEd, Medical Education, University of Southern California, 2004
BS, Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2001

William Morris is a transformative leader in education and the medical professions. He served as president of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) from 2005 to 2007. As president of AOMA, 2005–2015, he led the institution through regional accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the acquisition of its own campus, and the creation of the DAOM program. Prior to beginning his tenure at AOMA, Dr. Morris developed and achieved accreditation for two doctoral programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine (DAOM). While serving as a consultant to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, he organized two Institutional Review Boards to support research in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, one at Emperors College and the other at AOMA. Dr. Morris is a frequent contributor to the academic dialog, writing a column for Acupuncture Today and regular articles for the American Acupuncturist. He is the author of Neoclassical Pulse Diagnosis; Transformation: Treating Trauma with Acupuncture and Herbs; Li Shi- Zhen Pulse Studies, an Illustrated Guide; Reiki: Hands That Heal; and TCM Case Studies: Dermatology. Dr. Morris’s academic background includes an Oriental medical doctorate from SAMRA University, a doctorate of acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Emperor’s College, a PhD in transformative studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a master of education in medical education from the University of Southern California. He has studied in three family lineages of Chinese medicine (Ding, Gu, and Yang) and considers the most important education of his career to be his eight-year mentorship with Drs. Shen and Hammer in the Menghe-Ding family lineage of internal medicine. With 30 years of focus on pulse diagnosis, his current work involves a synthesis of standard, family, and classical systems of pulse diagnosis. In addition to his work at AOMA, Morris periodically instructs special seminars in pulse diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, personal transformation, and leadership. AOMA is pleased and privileged to have Dr. Morris continue at AOMA as a resident scholar, teacher, and practitioner. As AOMA’s president emeritus, his knowledge and experience in graduate education in acupuncture and Oriental medicine will continue to influence and guide AOMA’s academic programs.

Morris, W. (2011a). Is Chinese Medicine Integrative Medicine? American Acupuncturist, Vol. 12(09 ).

Morris, W. R. (2009a). Chinese pulse diagnosis: Epistemology, practice, and tradition. (Ph.D. dissertation), California Institute of Integral Studies, United States, San Francisco, California. Available from California Institute of Integral Studies NCCPL database.

Morris, W. R. (2007a). Pulse Diagnosis: A Multi-Dimensional Method of Pulse Balancing. American Acupuncturist, 29(Spring), 16-18.

Morris, W. R. (2007b). Nan Jing Difficulty One — Theory and Praxis. American Acupuncturist, 40(Summer), 12-15.

Morris, W. (2006). Transdisciplinary Approaches to Patient Care: Matrix Regulation, Pulse Diagnosis, Lymph Function, Endocrine Function, and Chinese Medicine). American Acupuncturist, 38 (Winter), 16-17.


Morris, W., & Li, S. (2010). Li Shi Zhen’s Pulse studies – An Illustrated Guide. Beijing: People’s Medical Publishing House.

Morris, W. (2010). Chinese Medicine and Transformation. Austin, TX: 33 Publishing


Morris, W. R. (2009b). Strategies for Globalizing Chinese Medical Research: Standards, Cost of Care Studies and Ethics. Paper presented at the International Conference on Traditional Medicine, Guangzhou, China.


Morris, W. (2015). The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine. Acupuncture Today, 16(4).

Morris, W. (2013). Acupuncture and Closure: Turf Wars. Acupuncture Today, 14(1).

Morris, W. (2012a). Professionalism, Education and Turf Wars. Acupuncture Today, 13(3).

Morris, W. (2012b). Post-paradox: Room for View. Acupuncture Today, 13(8).

Morris, W. R. (2011). Flexner to Eisenberg: The Turning of a Nation. Acupuncture Today, 12(11).

Morris, W. (2011b). Scope and Standards for Acupuncture: Dry Needling? Acupuncture Today, 12(5).

Morris, W. (2011c). The Bright Future of Acupucnture. Acupuncture Today, 11(1).

Morris, W. R. (2010). Proving East Asian Medicine. Acupuncture Today, 11(9).

Morris, W. R. (2007). Is Asian More Pejorative Than Oriental? Acupuncture Today, 05 (8).

Morris, W. R. (2003). The Ying Qi Cycle. Acupuncture Today, 4(12).

Morris, W. (2003). Neoclassical Pulse Diagnosis and the Six Channels. Acupuncture Today, 4(4). Retrieved from

Morris, W. (2002a). Diagnosis and Treatment of the Night-Time Defensive Qi Cycle. Acupuncture Today(May).

Morris, W. (2002b). Eight Extra Vessel Pulse Diagnosis: A Path to Effective Treatment. Acupuncture Today, 03(1). Retrieved from

Morris, W. (2002c). Pulse Diagnosis Using the Elemental Compass Method. Acupuncture Today, 3(8).

Morris, W. (2001). Rolling from Primary Positions: Seeking the Truth. Acupuncture Today (September).

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