Dr. Bill Morehouse, child of God, husband, father, brother, servant and friend
“I’m a happy person who loves getting to know and being able to help people of all ages. I connect with little children (and the little child in most adults) almost immediately.
During my 45 years of active family practice the things that really lit my fire while helping people regain wholeness were sharing the joys and trials of relationships, pregnancy and delivery, and family life. I loved the challenges of medicine and learned administration by necessity.
Now that I’ve graduated into retirement I’m free to use the experience and insights our Lord has given me to help you and your group grow in His grace and calling as we seek revival together.
Along the way, I’ve found that having a sense of humor and seeing God’s Kingdom and His love at work can give us vision and purpose through some of life’s most difficult times, if we can keep the faith and hang in there together.”
A brief bio
After majoring in Biology at Brown University, I went on to medical school in Kentucky and postdoctoral residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester. During my training in the socially troubled early 1970’s a medically cataclysmic event occurred down the road from us in Attica, NY, when the prison, state, and nation were rocked with a terrible jail riot that resembled a war massacre. I went in to study what had led to this catastrophe and came away committed to getting to the bottom of things. It was a spiritual journey that took me into the inner city to serve and deep into myself, my beliefs, and my need for God.
After coming to an awareness in 1974 that the God of the universe was alive, well, and cared not only for me but for all mankind, I went through a conversion experience and came out the other side with the heart of Luke, even more energized to be a vital part of the solution to the troubles that plague us – a passion that my wife Susan and I have shared since before we married 44 years ago.
Shortly after getting married, we moved into the heart of our city, raised our family there, and opened a faith-based clinic right around the corner which has grown into a wide-ranging nonprofit organization, His Branches, that operates a multi-site Federally Qualified Health Center serving thousands of inner city residents. Throughout it all Susan has been supportive of me through thick and thin (including my mission work in the Middle East and Latin America), raised our children with amazing grace, and blessed the entire community over the years as a professional harpist and energetic neighborhood and community volunteer and leader.
Over the years our family has continued to be blessed with our 4 wonderfully grown children (now with 4 matching spouses) and 7 healthy and delightful grandchildren. We remain deeply invested in our extended family, church, community, and callings.
In July 2018, 40 years after founding His Branches, I “graduated into retirement” and have been increasingly captivated by a divine interest in the advancement of the Kingdom of God since then. More and more I get the strong sense that a wide-ranging awakening of living faith is at hand in response to the yearning prayers of so many for God to come and heal our broken, confused, and divided land. I’m asking Him to prepare and equip me so that I may be used of Him during the times of refreshing that I believe are coming. Of course, this prayer invites the cleansing fire of His Holy Spirit, which can be a searching and fearful process. Please pray with and for me.
William R. Morehouse, MD, Family Physician Emeritus
Specialty: Family Practice, ABFM eligible including Maternity Care – Retired from active clinical Family Practice in July 2018. Click for Resume or here for information about current talks and teaching.
Undergraduate Education: Brown University, BA, 1966
Medical Training: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, MD, 1970
Residency: Family Medicine, University of Rochester, Highland Hospital, 1970-1973
Professional Affiliations: Christian Community Health Fellowship, Christian Medical and Dental Society, Hospital Christian Fellowship, New York State and Monroe County Medical Societies
Practice: Founder of His Branches, Inc.; Attending Physician at Golisano Children’s, Highland, Strong Memorial, and Unity Hospitals in Rochester, New York, until graduating into retirement in 2018.
Author: Since 2018 I’ve been investing myself in growing in faith with family, fellowship, and friends and devoting my “work” time to writing and publishing online and in a study guide series about God’s Kingdom and Christian Discipleship. Come visit me!
- Celebrating 40 Years of Service, Rochester City Council, July 1, 2018
- Citizens of the Year (with Susan), Rochester Police Foundation, 2018
- Faith in Healthcare Award, Christian Medical and Dental Ass’n of WNY, 2018
- Outstanding Community Service, Gerhardt Neighborhood Outreach Center, 2016
- Teaching Excellence Award, Highland Family Medicine Program, 2016
- Proclamation for Service, Monroe County Legislature, 2009
- Health Care Achievement Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2005
- Leo Holmsten Human Life Award, 2002
- Certificate of Recognition, Monroe County Legislature, 2002
- Teaching Recognition Award, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2000
- Physician Leadership Award, St. Mary’s Hospital, 1993
- Volunteer Recognition Award, Attica Correctional Facility, 1982.