Dr. Odette Harris becomes 1st female African-American neurosurgery professor at Stanford: 5 insights

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | March 09, 2018 | Print  |

Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine appointed Odette Harris, MD, as a neurosurgery professor, according to the Stanford Daily.

Here are five insights:


1. Dr. Harris is the first second African-American neurosurgery professor in the U.S. and first at Stanford. She joins Dr. Lu Chen as the second female in Stanford's neurosurgery department.


2. She has served as director of brain injury in Palo Alto (Calif.) Veterans Administration Health Care System's neurosurgery department and as associate chief of staff of polytrauma and rehabilitation since 2009.


3. A Clayman Institute Faculty Research fellow, Dr. Harris earned the William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.


4. Board certified in neurosurgery, Dr. Harris underwent dual fellowship training at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and Kingston, Jamaica-based University of the West Indies.


5. Dr. Harris is returning to Stanford to teach neurosurgery. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency at Stanford.


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