Roger McMorrow

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Roger McMorrow
RogerMcMorrow Ben Nevis.jpg
Born 10 October 1975
Monze Zambia
Residence Dublin,  Ireland
Nationality Irish
Fields Medicine, Anaesthesia, Mountaineering, Biomedical Engineering
Institutions National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, St. Vincent's University Hospital
Alma mater Queens University Belfast

Roger McMorrow is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin and St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He is inventor of the McMorrow Laryngoscope and the CXE Breathing Circuit and is one of Ireland's Everest Summiteers.[1] McMorrow was one of the 20 semi finalists in the Irish Your Country Your Call competition.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born 10 October 1975 in Monze, Zambia to John and Nuala McMorrow, he spent his childhood growing up in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He attended St. Colman's Primary School, Lisburn then Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast where he studied to GCSE level. At this point McMorrow suffered a small educational challenge. Having conceived and executed a prank that the school disagreed with he completed his secondary education to Advanced Level at Friends School Lisburn. He studied Medicine at the Queens University Belfast and was president of the Queens University Mountaineering Club from 1997 to 1998. On 24 May 2007 he summited Everest as a member of the research team on the Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition. He was subsequently honoured as the Queens University Graduate of the Year 2007 for his part in the rescue of a young Nepalese woman left for dead near the summit of Everest.[4] McMorrow now lives in Dublin with his wife Sara Spencer. They have three children.

The Prank[edit]

Just before McMorrow sat his GCSEs he decided it would be hilarious to break into Rathmore Grammar School and colour the water green. The school disagreed on the comic value of this stunt so told him to leave.


McMorrow holds a bachelor of Medicine MB, BCh, BAO degree from the Queen's University Belfast and a Diploma in Mountain Medicine Dip Mtn Med from the University of Leicester. He is a fellow FCARCSI of the Irish College of Anaesthetists. He is currently completing an MD with the University College Dublin


McMorrow has climbed extensively in the British Isles, European Alps, and the Greater Ranges including two expeditions within the Arctic Circle. He and a small team, which included his wife Sara, completed the traverse and first assent of a previously unnamed and unclimbed peak in the Garhwal Himalaya. They subsequently named the mountain located at 30°49'49 N 79°18'05 E Draiocht Parbat.[5][6]

Significant climbs[edit]

Research expeditions[edit]

McMorrow was a member of the following research expeditions :

  • 1994 British Schools Exploring Society BSES Expeditions Norwegian Arctic expedition
  • 1998 MedEx Kangchenjunga
  • 1999 MedEx Eureka Arctic Circle study
  • 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition


McMorrow holds patents on two life sciences inventions:
1. A New Mirrored Laryngoscope

2. A Breathing Apparatus


See also[edit]