Dr. Robert E. Morris, MD

Dr. Robert E. Morris, MD

Ophthalmology | Male | 72 years old

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Helen Keller once wrote, "I will not only live my life, but I will invest my life." Helen Keller stunned the world by overcoming the double dungeon of deafness and blindness. She went on to complete college Radcliffe College, graduating cum laude and eventually authored 13 books. Her remarkable accomplishments are a benchmark to us all and I can only hope that my life's work lives up to the standards set by the great Helen Keller.Read more

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Dr. Robert Morris, a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, is a founding physician of Retina Specialists of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA and...Read more

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Dr. Morris Says:

I appreciate your feedback.  If you feel that you have not received the very best care/service from me or my staff, please contact my office and make an appointment to speak with me personally.  Please call Chris Sullivan at 205-558-2598 and she will schedule a time for us to speak confidentially.

Thank you for trusting me with your vision.

in Montgomery, AL |
My wife and I had an excellent experience with Dr. Morris and Callahan Hospital. We had phone problems and computer problems but we had zero people problems. Dr. Morris had operated on several friends with Retina problems and they were all pleased with Dr. Morris and Callahan and we were too. We had phone and computers problems that were beyond our control but not a normal circumstance at all. The whole team never faltered and they did a wonderful job. Thank you very much !
in Hattiesburg, MS |
I was referred to Dr. Morris following complications created when I had cataract surgery elsewhere. My family and I are all very pleased with the care and services provided by he and his staff. The obvious respect he receives from his coworkers is impressive. I especially appreciate the knowledge that he cares about his patients. I admire his honesty and openess in explaining what can and cannot be corrected. He gave me hope. I am so fortunate to have him as a physcian.
in Pinson, AL |
He is very arrogant and short.
in Birmingham, AL |
Excellent surgeon, however terrible bed side manner and limited explanation on what is happening.
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Dr. Morris says...

Dr. Robert Morris, a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, is a founding physician of Retina Specialists of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA and the President of the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education.

He has been a frequent innovator in vitreoretinal surgery since 1980, while also managing a large clinical practice.  He regularly contributes to national and international journals and conferences of vitreoretinal surgeons and other ophthalmologists. His advanced training and surgical skills are particularly recognized in the treatment of severe eye injuries and surgeries of the macular (the center of vision).  His research, in collaboration with Dr. Ferenc Kuhn and Dr. C. Douglas Witherspoon, has focused on vitrectomy advances, innovations in surgery on the macula and eye injury. 

Morris' contributions have included the introduction of Gas Forced Liquid Infusion (GFLI, 1990) now used during most vitrectomy surgery in the United States; intentional removal of the Macular Internal Limiting Membrane (ILM, 1990); first ILM Forceps (1997); Designer ILM Maculorhexis (1997); and Fluidic ILM Separation (FILMS, 1998).

 Dr. Morris won the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Best of Show award in 2001 and 2003 for videos of macular surgery. He is a recipient of the Senior Honor Award from both the AAO and the American Society of Retina Specialists for extensive contributions to scientific activities.

 Dr. Morris pioneered techniques of temporary keratoprosthesis (TKP) vitrectomy to completely reconstruct injured or infected eyes. He has been consulted to treat patients who suffer severe injury to both eyes resulting from terrorist bombs.

 Dr. Morris served as Chief of Staff of Callahan Eye Hospital from 2003 – 2012 and is regularly listed in Best Doctors of America.

 Dr. Morris is also Chairman of the International Society of Ocular Trauma and an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Morris' Care Philosophy

Helen Keller once wrote, "I will not only live my life, but I will invest my life."

Helen Keller stunned the world by overcoming the double dungeon of deafness and blindness. She went on to complete college Radcliffe College, graduating cum laude and eventually authored 13 books. Her remarkable accomplishments are a benchmark to us all and I can only hope that my life's work lives up to the standards set by the great Helen Keller.  

Dr. Morris says...

I  have developed groundbreaking treatments for:

Diffuse Diabetic Macular Edema

Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion 

Degenerative Vitreous Syndrome (advanced floaters)

Submacular Hemorrhage

Laser Prophylaxis against Retinal Detachment

Endophthalmitis

and peeling the macula in Epiretinal Proliferation (EMP)

For more information on my research, please visit:

www.helenkellerfoundation.org 

Dr. Morris says...

Over the years, I have developed many procedures (under the auspices of the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education) to treat various vitreoretinal diseases.  Here are just a few: Peeling the internal limiting membrane (ILM) in eyes with epimacular proliferation or EMP; Mobilize & Move Vitrectomy for Submacular Hemorrhage; Vitrectomy for Vitreous Opacities or severe floaters; 360 degree laser prophylaxis against retinal detachment; early use of silicone oil in eyes with retinal detachment to prevent proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), or scar tissue, in the eye; and temporary keratoprosthesis (TKP) in eye injury repair.  

For a complete list of my research discoveries and other surgical developments, please visit www.helenkellerfoundation.org. 

I also specialize in vitrectomy, retinal detachment repair, and complicated eye injury repair. 

Dr. Morris says...

I appreciate your feedback.  If you feel that you have not received the very best care/service from me or my staff, please contact my office and make an appointment to speak with me personally.  Please call Chris Sullivan at 205-558-2598 and she will schedule a time for us to speak confidentially.

Thank you for trusting me with your vision.

Dr. Morris' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  Malpractice claims in Alabama not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Hyphema
  • Hypopyon
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Alabama At Birmingham

    Graduated in 1973

  • Residency Hospital
    University Ala Eye Fdn Hospital

    Completed in 1976

    University Cologne W Germany

    Completed in 1977

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

    Completed in 1978

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

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