Odette Harris

2019 speaker


Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University

Dr. Odette Harris is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Brain Injury for Stanford Medical Center. She holds the distinction of being the first black female tenured professor of neurosurgery in the country.

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. She focuses on implementing and streamlining current treatment algorithms aimed at improving the outcomes of this growing population. The primary focus is specific not only to mortality, but to functional outcome improvements. Dr Harris works in a collaborative manner with colleagues in Surgical Trauma, Neuro-Critical Care, Nursing, Rehabilitation and all related Specialties.

Dr Harris is also the Site Director and Principal Investigator of the Defense Veterans and Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). 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 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.