Bruce Alexander Harris, Jr., M.D. (1919 - 2013)
A steadfast devotion to education, compassion and good humor underscores Dr. Harris' professional career in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Best known for his indefatigable efforts to improve women's health care in Alabama, and by whatever means available, Dr. Harris has influenced the careers of his colleagues, MFM fellows, Ob/Gyn residents-in-training and medical students. By educating all levels of providers, emphasizing evidence-based practice guidelines, and even reaching our State's health care political leadership, his labors and their results are still widely appreciated; it is dubious that, even 20 years since his retirement from clinical practice, there is no Ob/Gyn physician more widely known and respected in Alabama.
Recruited by our former chairman, the late Charles E. Flowers, Dr. Harris joined our medical school faculty in 1974 and taught obstetrics and gynecology at our clinical campuses in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville before settling her in Birmingham in 1978. 1n 1979, at the age 60, he sat for and passed his MFM oral subspecialty examination, a prelude to his continuing scientific accomplishments and the publication of his numerous research studies. Outside his professional career, Dr. Harris is the most avid reader imaginable and especially enjoys Civil War history. Endowed with an extraordinary memory and outstanding analytic skills, he is able to educate his friends and colleagues in almost any area of the arts and sciences, with an uncanny ability to maintain the most humble, affable and entertaining demeanor.
In 1999 UAB recognized his far-reaching accomplishments and the continuing devotion of his trainees by creating a Professorship in his name. At our State ACOG meeting in 2009, he was the first inductee into the Alabama Legends, Physician's "Hall of Fame." His career now sets the standard against which all future candidates will be evaluated.
Formerly of Michigan, Boston and New York City, and now living these past 92 years, Dr. Harris is happily retired her in Birmingham. As long as I've known him, when anyone would ask Dr. Harris where he was from, he would say with great pride, "I'm from Alabama!"
Biographical Summary provided by Dr. John Owen, Bruce A. Harris Professor of ObGyn