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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.
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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. "
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Blind Hypotensive Eye
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Contusion of the Eyeball
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Foreign Body in Eye
Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Hypotony of Eye
Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
Visual Field Defects
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
Repair of Eye Laceration
Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
Retina and Vitreous Surgery
Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
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
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