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. 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.