Odette Harris, M.D.

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Dr. Odette Harris is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Brain Injury for Stanford Medical Center.

Dr. Harris manages and coordinates the medical and surgical care of all patients suffering from traumatic brain injury that are admitted to the Stanford System.

Dr. Harris is the Associate Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, inclusive of Polytrauma System of Care, Spinal Cord Injury, Blind Rehabilitation Services and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service. The administrative, clinical, research and educational/training efforts related to these multiple and varying programs are her responsibility as the Associate Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation.

Dr. Harris is also the Site Director and Principal Investigator of the Defense Veterans and Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). The Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System is one of 5 VA sites.  The administrative and educational efforts for the organization are her responsibility as the Site Director and Principal Investigator. The primary focus of DVBIC is TBI specific evaluation, treatment and follow-up care for all military personnel, veterans and their dependents.  This encompasses TBI specific research, training and education.

Dr. Harris graduated from Dartmouth College and received her MD degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She received numerous academic and research awards at both institutions. She did her internship and residency at Stanford University Medical Center Stanford, California.  She also earned a Masters of Public Health, Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon completing her neurosurgical residency, Dr. Harris was awarded the William VanWagenen Fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Harris has authored several scientific articles and books, is a member of several Editorial Boards and National Committees, and has won numerous academic, research and humanitarian awards including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship Award, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Spinal Cord/Spinal Column Injury Award and the Western Neurosurgical Society Resident Award for research on minor traumatic brain injury.  Her research efforts have also been recognized by the government of Jamaica; where she was awarded the National Road Safety Council Award for outstanding contribution in traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Harris is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.  Dr. Harris was appointed to the PAVIR Board of Directors in 2016.