A local boy who was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Dr. Morton graduated from Kea’au High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In college, he began training as a firefighter while double-majoring in Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Morton discovered his passion for medicine as a first responder at Miami Township Fire-Rescue. Working as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, he enjoyed helping his patients from car accidents, search-and-rescue, and medical emergencies. The excitement of the job and passion for helping people led him to search for a lifelong, fulfilling career.
Eventually, Dr. Morton returned to Hawaii to obtain his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He spent half of his third-year medical school clinical rotations on the Big Island. He did his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at St. Luke’s University and Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In his final year, he served as Chief Orthopedic Resident.
Before returning home to Hawaii, Dr. Morton obtained his ACGME-accredited fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction at the University of Chicago. During his fellowship, he had excellent mentors who taught him the latest technologies in robotic joint replacements and how to care for joint replacement disasters. He then went on to complete an AO Trauma Fellowship at Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany – one of the biggest hospitals in Europe.