After 50 years of practice Dr. Morris retired from Orthopaedic Specialties, a partnership that he began back in 1968, in January 2018.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. George A. Morris III earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rhodes College in Memphis in 1957, graduating with Honors. He went on to earn his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee in 1960. He then completed his General Surgical Internship at Charity Hospital of Louisiana in 1961, where he was named Outstanding Surgical Intern. Dr. Morris was an Honors Graduate from the Navy School of Aviation Medicine in 1961, serving as a Flight Surgeon in the United States Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander from 1961 to 1965. He completed his Orthopedic Residency program at Bowman Gray North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, North Carolina in 1968 as Chief Resident.
Love of the water brought Dr. Morris to Clearwater in 1968. Here he established his private orthopedic practice, remaining in solo practice until 1990 when he was joined by Dr. Michael Piazza, and Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa Bay, P.A., was formed.
Dr. Morris has worked extensively on behalf of Morton Plant Hospital, serving on many committees, most recently heading the committee for the new Morton Plant Hospital Emergency Room, ER-1. He continues to work diligently for the Morton Plant Hospital Foundation. Dr. Morris was named one of America’s Top Surgeons for 2004-2005. He is a founding member of The Tampa Bay Surgical Society, and a charter member of the American Association for Arthritic Hip and Knee Surgery. He was awarded membership in the Sterling Who’s Who Directory, a membership that is awarded to those persons who have exhibited excellence and leadership in their chosen felds of endeavor. Dr. Morris is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.