Will Morris is a transformative leader both in education and in the profession. He was instrumental in the founding of a single national professional association, now the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). He earned accreditation approval for two doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), and organized two Institutional Review Boards while serving as consultant to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles IRB.
As president of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, he led the institution to regional accreditation with SACS and to the acquisition of its own property. As an author and educator, he writes a bimonthly column in Acupuncture Today, he routinely contributes articles to American Acupuncturist, and he has written several books, including Path of the Pulse, Chinese Medicine and Transformation, and Li Shi-zhen Pulse Studies, an Illustrated Guide. Will’s background includes an OMD from SAMRA, the DAOM from Emperor’s College, a PhD in Transformative Studies from CIIS, and an MSEd in Medical Education from USC. He has focused on study in three different family lineages of Chinese medicine (Ding, Gu, and Yang). He considers the most important studies in his career to be his eight-year mentorship under Drs. Shen and Hammer in the Menghe through the Ding family lineage of internal medicine. Morris also spent five years studying under Neiqiang Gu in the Gu family external medicine lineage. With thirty years of scholarly and clinical focus on pulse diagnosis, his current work involves a synthesis of standard, family, and classical systems of pulse diagnosis. In addition to leading the institution, Morris periodically instructs special seminars in pulse diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, personal transformation, and leadership.
Welcome to the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine website. I believe that you will find herein the hallmarks of integrity, quality, leadership, and passion.
That you are here represents a certain level of commitment to personal and collective transformation. It is with great pleasure and respect that I appreciate your willingness to consider my message to you now.
The journey you may be seeking is one that requires each of us to reconstruct our relationship to society. Indeed, the life of a medical practitioner, no matter the form, is one filled with purpose and meaning. As professionals, we seek not only knowledge, but also practice, community and, equally, autonomy.
The efficacy of this medicine is such that many governments are now choosing to place acupuncture into their national healthcare plans. Please know too that the practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is arguably one of the deepest and richest philosophical forms of inquiry that can be imagined. Its depth is so profound that, even after 35 years of practice, I still study and I still am learning more and more with every passing year. It is my fondest belief to think that AOMA graduates will, decades from now, say the same about their continuing scholarship.
As practitioners, as autonomous individuals within a larger whole, we also become agents of social change. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine provides some of the most profound and meaningful changes that can take place within an individual’s life both personally and within a larger community.
Consequently, the mission at AOMA—one that we live and embody--is, “to transform lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine.”
William R. Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc