MARIE J. MORRISON, MD HMDC at Smoky Mountain Hospice, was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. Morrison was recognized for her commitment to improving patient quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry.

Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, performance improvement, engagement in interdisciplinary group (IDG) activities, and much more.  Professional certification affirms a knowledge and experience base for hospice physicians to display commitment to their career, dedication to patient and family care, and the sustainability of the hospice organization and industry. HMDC designation is granted for six years and is renewed through continued validation of knowledge and re-assessment.

Dr. Morrison is a long-time resident of East Tennessee; she grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she completed two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Mathematics and one in Biochemistry.  She attended medical at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN, where she subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine.  Her interest in Hospice and Palliative Care came from her personal experiences with the cancer diagnosis of her husband while she was in her residency training. Through the course of his illness and death, she saw the need for compassionate physicians who care for extremely ill patients, and communicate with families during the difficult end-stages of illness.  After practicing general Internal Medicine for several years, she was delighted to join Smoky Mountain Hospice in 2017.  She has completed Graduate Certification in Principles and Practice of Hospice and Palliative Care at the University of Maryland, American Board of Internal Medicine certification, and is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Centers for the Advancement of Palliative Care, and the American College of Physicians.

The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) serves as an independent, not-for-profit certifying body to administer a certification program for hospice medical directors and other physicians who provide hospice care for patients. The mission of HMDCB is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life by promoting the excellence and professional competency of hospice medical directors. For more information, visit

Information about the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board including a directory of certified hospice physicians is available at