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Dr. Elizabeth Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois. Art was her original interest and she enrolled in advanced education in painting and drawing, which resulted in both local and national awards including an art scholarship grant.
During her summers in college, Dr. Harris worked in several Chicago hospitals on both the medical and surgical floors. It was while she was working as a clerk in the operating room that she able to observe surgery and she developed an interest in this specialty. She was also exposed to the study of medicine by her father who was an internal medicine physician. Because of this experience, Dr. Harris developed a fascination for medicine and decided to become a surgeon.
Dr. Harris attended medical school at Northwestern University. She was most inspired by her surgery rotation and planned to pursue plastic surgery as a means of utilizing her artistic talents in a surgical career.
Dr. Harris completed both her general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at University of Virginia. In addition, she completed a year of research studying “Factors Responsible for Minimizing Formation of Scars” and presented her findings at the American College of Surgeons.
She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
During her residency, she met and married a fellow resident, Mansel Harris. His interest in an academic career led them to San Antonio where he taught at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and currently is a urologist in private practice. Their two daughters were born in San Antonio and they share their home with Labrador Retrievers and rescued pets.
Dr. Harris has resumed her artistic interests. She studies figure drawing, printmaking and painting at the Southwest School of Art. Her work has been selected for display in galleries and juried shows. She has also launched a website dedicated to her art work: elizabethharrisart.org.
Dr. Harris’ extensive background as an artist adds a complementary dimension to her skill as a plastic surgeon. Her medical knowledge of anatomy coupled with her artistic experience in figure drawing, sculpting and painting, gives her a distinctive perspective of the human body.
As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Harris has special expertise in breast surgery, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reconstruction, body contouring, and cosmetic surgery of the face.
Patients appreciate the advanced techniques and equipment that Dr. Harris utilizes to minimize scarring.
Medical School: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 1986
Residency: General Surgery and Plastic Surgery University of Virginia 1986- 1993
Diplomate: American Board of Plastic Surgery 1996
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