EP. 58 The job of the First is not to be the Last.

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Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Patrice Harris.  Dr. Harris speaks about what it means to be the first, one of the first, the only …..African American woman in so many spaces.  She has always gravitated to where the decisions are being made and if she sees something that is not working, she feels this is usually a place where she wants to get involved and shape the direction.  Her views on leadership are simply – this is where the work gets done.  In her current role as CEO and founder of a digital health company, she is quite clear that with all the promise in the innovation space today – separating out the hype is key.  Being HYPER vigilant when it comes to healthcare is critical – why?  It’s about patients’ lives.  Period.  So disrupt with care and get out of your own bubble.

Inspiring Women Book Club/Article:  Nice Girls Don’t Ask (Harvard Business Review, 2003)

Dr. Patrice A. Harris is board-certified in psychiatry and has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health director and patient advocate. In 2019, Dr. Harris was elected as the 174th President of the American Medical Association, the first African-American woman to ever hold the position.

Dr. Harris’ life is marked by her passion to improve the lives of children and communities around her, especially communities of color. She is a recognized expert in children’s mental health and childhood trauma, leading both local and national efforts to integrate public health, behavioral health and primary care services. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership.

Upon completing her term as President of the AMA, Dr. Harris has continued in private practice. She regularly consults with public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in health policy. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Harris is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

You can follow Dr. Patrice Harris on LinkedIn.

Read the transcript here.

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