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Frederick R. Harris, M.D.

Frederick R. Harris, Jr., M.D.

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Personal Note

Outside of college, I have been a lifelong Memphian and I feel blessed to serve the community as part of the team here at Gastro One. I met my wife Catherine at the University of Georgia, and she is a corporate attorney here in Memphis. Our interests include traveling abroad, eating out, exercising and watching sports (particularly UGA football). We also enjoy supporting local charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Carnival Memphis, The Exchange Club Family Center of Memphis, Mid-South Chapter of The American Red Cross, and the Memphis Union Mission.

Education and Training

Dr. Harris was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from Christian Brothers High School.  After receiving his degree in Biology with Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, he returned to Memphis for his medical training. 

During medical school, he received the Anthony S. Ficalora Award for “sensitivity to and respect for patients and who, by example and attitude, teaches others” in addition to being a recipient of the Bland W. Cannon Scholar which recognized medical students who “demonstrate a high degree of respect, empathy, compassion and humanism for the patients on the part of the physician in addition to a high degree of scholarship.”            

He served his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine in addition to his fellowship in Gastroenterology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.   

Selected Publications:

Harris F, Goldberg R, Hughes L, Tombazzi C.  Is a Split-dosed Bowel Preparation Practical for Veterans with an Extended Travel Time to the Procedure Center? [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 31 Oct. 2011.

Harris F, Goldberg R, Hughes L, Tombazzi C.  Clear Liquid Diet is Better than Full Liquid Diet Prior to Outpatient Colonoscopy. [Poster presentation].  Digestive Diseases Week, 8 May 2011.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C.  First-time Colorectal Cancer Screening in Males Ages 75-85: Appropriate Use of Mortality Predictors. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 27 Oct. 2009.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C.  First-Time CRC Screening in Males Ages 75-85: Is African American Race an Increased Risk Factor? [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 27 Oct. 2009.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C. Body Mass Index Does Not Carry Weight in the Individualized Approach to First-time Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Elderly. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 27 Oct. 2009.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C. Misinterpretations of Updated Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines Observed in the Community.  [Rapid response letter].  Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 Jan. 2009. 

Kaptik S, Harris F, Lyles T, Tombazzi C. Assessing Variability in Surveillance Recommendations for Fair-Adequate Bowel Preparations. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 7 Oct. 2008.

Kaptik S, Lyles T, Harris F, Ismail M, Tombazzi C. Utility of Initial Screening Colonoscopy in Elderly Patients. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 6 Oct. 2008.  

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