Leslie Law Harris, MD

Leslie Harris

Title: Assistant Professor
Company: Baylor College of Medicine
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Leslie Law Harris, MD, Assistant Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pediatric medicine and higher education.

A celebrated figure in the healthcare and education industries, Dr. Harris formerly served as an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, from 2005 to 2015. Simultaneously, she was a hospital-based instructor for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program from 2000 to 2015 and a bereavement coordinator trainer for Resolve Through Sharing in 2008 and 2013. An extracorporeal life support clinician specialist from 2010 to 2012, she was a master teacher in the Educational Scholars Fellowship Program at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2011.

Alongside her primary endeavors, Dr. Harris was a member of the Founder’s Circle of the Sophia Smith Leadership Society at Smith College in 2015. In addition, she was a member of the Vermont Oxford Network NICQ7 Golden Hour Committee with Texas Children’s Hospital in 2011, “Remember Me Always” Ceremony Planning Committee with Texas Children’s Hospital from 2011 to 2014, and the Ambassadors for Texas Children’s Hospital from 2010 to 2014. The chair of the Palliative Care Committee and Committee on Fetus and Newborn with the Texas Pediatric Society from 2010 to 2014, she was also the chair of the Clinical Review Committee for Guidelines of the Acute Care of the Neonate from 2008 to 2014. Earlier in her career, she was a member of the Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Committee with St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital from 2008 to 2012 and a participant in Finding Meaning in Medicine from 2010 to 2012.

In addition to her roles in healthcare and academia, Dr. Harris has participated in a number of civic engagements throughout her career, including on the alumni board of directors for St. John’s School, as a clinical mentor for the Summer Medical and Research Training Program, and in the Texas Children’s Hospital High School Medical Mentorship Program from 2011 to 2014. She was previously in the Baylor Pediatrics Student Association Mentor Program and St. John’s High School Medical Mentorship Program.

To prepare for her illustrious career, Dr. Harris pursued a formal education, completing coursework at Southwestern University from 1991 to 1992. She subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 1995 and complete post-baccalaureate coursework at the University of Houston. In 2000, Dr. Harris earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Soon thereafter, she completed an internship and residency in the department of pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine from 2000 and 2003. From 2003 to 2006, she was a fellow in the section of neonatology in the department of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas, and she is certified in hospice and palliative medicine and neonatal-perinatal medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.

A respected presenter in the field, Dr. Harris has also been a prolific author, contributing articles to professional journals and chapters to books. She was an invited reviewer for the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine from 2014 to 2015 and the coauthor of “Complications and Long-term Pulmonary Outcomes of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia” from 2009 to 2015. In addition, she has coauthored such articles as “A Structured End-of-Life Curriculum for Neonatal-perinatal Postdoctoral Fellows” in 2014, “Expanding the Genotype–phenotype Correlation in Subtelomeric 19p13.3 Microdeletions Using High Resolution Clinical Chromosomal Microarray Analysis” in 2013, and “Left Main Bronchus Obstruction after Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ligation: An Unusual Complication” in 2012.

A leading voice in her areas of expertise, Dr. Harris maintains affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Pediatric Society, the Harris County Medical society, and the Texas Medical Association. Interested in her lineage, she is also a member of the New England Historial Genealogical Society.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to her field, Dr. Harris has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she was also honored with the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award in 2015. Nominated as a Super Doctor in 2015, she was presented with the Texas Pediatric Society Executive Board Award in 2013 and was named to Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars from 2012 to 2014. In addition, she won the Pediatric Academic Society Young Investigator’s Travel Award in 2005 and was inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1995.

A descendent from the Mayflower and daughter of the American Revolution, Dr. Harris enjoys writing, reading, and studying genealogy in her spare time. Currently a stay-at-home mother, she is working with astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao to bring STEM-based education to her daughter’s school. Dr. Harris has been highlighted in the 69th and 70th editions of Who’s Who in America.

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