The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists warmly congratulates Dr Eddie Morris on receiving the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the King’s Birthday Honours list today, Saturday 17 June 2023. This award recognises the impact Dr Morris has had across his career in improving the health of women and girls, and championing their sexual and reproductive health rights, across the world.
Dr Morris served as RCOG President from 2019 to 2022, providing strong professional leadership to the obstetrics and gynaecology specialty through the COVID-19 pandemic. His advocacy for pregnant women informed the UK Government's pandemic response and the vaccination programme. As President, Dr Morris oversaw the development of RCOG COVID-19 clinical guidance used by doctors all over the world, viewed millions of times online, as well as the development of vital information for pregnant women and their families.
Dr Morris has championed an unwavering focus on patient outcomes and patient safety throughout his career, spanning roles across numerous Government, regulatory and monitoring bodies. At the RCOG, Dr Morris led the 'Each Baby Counts' programme, shaping the way data on adverse maternity outcomes is collected and investigated, and how families are listened to and supported when things go wrong.
Dr Morris has also made a huge contribution to improving health outcomes for women through roles in multiple voluntary and charity sector organisations, including as Trustee of the British Menopause Society, Chair of the Group B Strep Support Board of Trustees, and Chair of Baby Lifeline.