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. Her interest in drawing and painting led to her to choose Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame to major in art and science, with the goal of becoming a medical illustrator.
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
How to Find the Right Plastic Surgeon in San Antonio
Finding the right plastic surgeon in San Antonio is just as important as determining that you want plastic surgery in the first place. There are several factors to consider when you choose a surgeon. Perhaps the most important factor is board certification. Also important are the location in which your surgeon intends to perform the procedure and how much experience he or she has.
If you want to experience complete trust in the person who will perform this surgery, then you should investigate his or her board certification. Recognition from professional peers is a solid way of determining the competency of a doctor. There is no need to risk offending your surgeon or starting a confrontation. You can simply go to the website for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They maintain a list of surgeons who have applied to them for certification. If you do not find your surgeon listed there, you might inquire about his or her certification with the office staff at the surgery center.
Many doctors will provide information about their level of experience or advertise the number of surgeries that they have performed. Since you are putting your body into this person’s hands, you have every right to know just how many times he or she has performed plastic surgery, and more specifically, the procedure you intend to have. Typically, a good surgeon will include testimonies and before-and-after pictures in advertisements or on office walls to reassure prospective patients about his or her capabilities.
It would also be a good idea to find out where the surgeon performs these procedures. Many operations can be performed in surgery centers or even in doctors’ offices. A lot of these procedures are outpatient surgeries. Patients can go home almost as soon as they wake up from the anesthesia. However, you may be more comfortable having the operation in a hospital and closer to emergency services. Ask your surgeon if this is an option.
You may have these or other questions for your plastic surgeon in San Antonio. Whatever the nature of your questions may be, make sure that you communicate them to your doctor. Good surgeons are always eager to help their patients understand their methods and feel comfortable prior to surgery.
- American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
- American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Bexar County Medical Society
- San Antonio Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Staff Baptist Memorial Healthcare System – San Antonio
- Staff Methodist Healthcare System – San Antonio
- Staff Santa Rosa Health System – New Braunfels
To learn more please contact the Center for Cosmetic Surgery today 210-545-4848.