A marathoner who runs for charities, has completed the 140.6 mile Ironman triathlon, and whose Fellowship program was recognized as one of the best in the country by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, will be heading up Southern Surgical Arts new Nashville office, which is scheduled to open soon. In the meantime, Dr. Harris is devoting his dedicated and uncompromising surgical talents to both the Chattanooga and Calhoun offices. That commitment is reflected in the more than 1,500 cases he performed during his Fellowship.
Dr. Harris was also an accomplished general surgeon prior to pursuing his dream to become a cosmetic surgeon. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. While in residency, he was not only honored as the Most Outstanding General Surgery Resident, but also the Most Outstanding Trauma Surgeon by the University of Louisville Department of Surgery. Additionally, he was selected the best medical student in surgery, while in medical school. When he revealed to his wife his true passion was to become a cosmetic surgeon, she encouraged him to pursue it. And as Dr. Harris says, “I ended up in one of the best cosmetic surgery practices in the country, Southern Surgical Arts.”
When it comes to patient relations, Dr. Harris puts patient safety first. It doesn’t matter what the procedure is, tummy tuck, facelift or breast augmentation, it’s all about what’s safest for the patient. He also carefully and artfully manages expectations. He wants his patients to realize what’s realistic and what isn’t. And he’s made a name for himself in high definition liposuction and is the only cosmetic surgeon who practices this procedure in the Nashville area. In addition, Dr. Harris is the youngest faculty member in this year’s World Congress of Liposuction.
As to his artistic vision, Dr. Harris looks at the patient’s whole body. He envisions it as a unique sculpture. To Dr. Harris, it is about the overall look, the body as a whole. His approach has produced some outstanding results and his patients want their friends and family to see him because they’re so pleased with his work. A favorite moment for Dr. Harris is when a patient’s dressings are removed and tears of joy fill his or her eyes when they see themselves again for the first time. It’s a very powerful change. It’s the moment when science goes away and artistry intervenes.