In Memoriam: John H. Harris Jr., MD, FACR

John H. Harris Jr. blurb

John H. (Jack) Harris Jr., MD, FACR, an ACR Gold Medalist, passed away on April 30. 

Harris was a dedicated radiologist at Carlisle Hospital in Pennsylvania from 1959 to 1979, serving as departmental chair for 11 years. He also held a professorship in radiology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia from 1977 to 1979.

Harris pursued academic radiology in Michigan, Houston, and Phoenix. In 1980, he joined the staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and was chief of emergency radiology and, later, chair of the department of radiology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In 1988, he recognized a need for a new subspecialty in radiology and helped create the American Society of Emergency Radiology. Harris served as president of both the Pennsylvania Radiological Society and the ACR, as well as chair of the ACR BOC. He received the prestigious ACR Gold Medal from the College in 2001. His influence in the field of radiology reverberates today through his numerous books, peer-reviewed articles, and national and international lectures.

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