Dan was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994, and he was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Until 2015, he was the only physician in the 188-member Maryland General Assembly. He serves as Co-Chair of the Alliance for Patient Access, a bi-partisan national organization of physicians elected to state office, and co-chair of the Innovations in Health Care Taskforce for the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL).
Among his legislative roles, Delegate Morhaim is House Deputy Majority Leader, on the Health and Government Operations Committee, chair of the Government Operations and Long Term Care Sub-Committee, and he serves on the Public Health and Minority Health sub-committee, the Joint Committee on Open Government, the Joint Committee on Biotech and Technology, Administrative and Legislative Review Committee, and the Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders.
Delegate Morhaim has successfully sponsored numerous bills with bi-partisan support focusing on health care, environment, minority and women businesses, and government efficiency. Full information is at Maryland General Assembly Web Page http://mgaleg.maryland.gov and at www.drdanmorhaim.com. Dr. Morhaim is board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine (1983-2013), and he has over 30 years front-line clinical experience. From 1981-1994, he chaired the Department of emergency medicine at Franklin Square Hospital (Baltimore) while building a 90-doctor 120-employee group at 6 Maryland hospitals. He is on staff at Sinai, Northwest, and University of Maryland Hospitals. Other clinical experiences include: the State of Maryland’s medical mission to Kuwait following the first Gulf War, the Indian Health Service (Navajo area), Health Care for the Homeless (Baltimore), medical director for three ambulance companies, and medical director for the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Orioles Park.
Dr. Morhaim is Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is involved in teaching graduate students, public health research, organizing an annual lecture series, and writing articles for both peer-reviewed and general media publications. His book “The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World” (Hopkins Press, www.thebetterend.com) is endorsed by Maya Angelou and others.
Dan has served on the Boards of several organizations, including University of Maryland Biotech Institute (UMBI), Maritime Medical Systems, and the executive committees at Franklin Square and Sinai Hospitals. Community activities include the State’s Task Force on Recycling, Region III medical director for the State Emergency Medical System, and non-profit Boards, including Health Care for the Homeless, Unified Community Connections (formerly United Cerebral Palsy), and the Baltimore Humane Society.
He has been recognized for his medical, academic, and legislative work by numerous organizations, including receiving the AMA’s prestigious Nathan Davis Award for Public Service in 2011. Dan has published numerous articles, both medical and non-medical, and he is a regular guest on radio and TV.
Dan is married to writer and film producer Shelley Cole Morhaim, and they have three adult children and one grandchild.