Dr. Robert Morris, MD

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Dr. Robert Morris, MD
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.

1201 11th Ave S Ste 300

Birmingham, AL 35205

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Dr. Robert Morris, MD

Dr. Robert Morris, MD

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  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Planned Administration Inc
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Vitreous Hemorrhage
very high
more than 99% of peers
Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Eye Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Morris "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.  "


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  • Ophthalmology
  • Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of 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
  • Cancer
  • 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
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Heterophoria
  • Hyphema
  • Hypopyon
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • 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
  • Ulcer
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid 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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  • University Of Alabama At Birmingham
    Medical School | Graduated 1973
  • University Ala Eye Fdn Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1976
  • University Cologne W Germany
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1978

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Morris' Reviews

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based on 15 total reviews (5 with comments)
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' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
Birmingham, AL |
Dr. Morris showed extreme competency in his examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Not only was he efficient, he was patient in explaining the risks associated with the procedure. I had numerous questions and he took the time to alllay my fears. All the follow-ups have been timely and he has shown a magnificent compassion toward my eye health. I cannot offer anything but a wholeheartedly positive recommendatio for Dr. Morri's and his stsff.
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 accepts 14 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Cigna
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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  • Humana
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  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
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  • Planned Administration Inc
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Hospitals where Dr. Morris has admitting privileges

Brookwood Medical Center
2010 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL 35209
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Children's of Alabama
1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233
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Grandview Medical Center
3690 Grandview Pkwy
Birmingham, AL 35243
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Princeton Baptist Medical Center
701 Princeton Ave SW
Birmingham, AL 35211
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St. Vincent's Birmingham
810 St. Vincent's Drive
Birmingham, AL 35205
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St. Vincent's East
50 Medical Park Dr E
Birmingham, AL 35235
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UAB Hospital
1802 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233
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UAB Hospital - Highlands
1201 11th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205
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