Dr. Elizabeth Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois. Art was her original interest and she enrolled in advanced education in painting and drawing, which resulted in both local and national awards including an art scholarship grant. Her interest in drawing and painting led to her to choose Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame to major in art and science, with the goal of becoming a medical illustrator.
Dr. Harris attended medical school at Northwestern University. She was most inspired by her surgery rotation and planned to pursue plastic surgery as a means of utilizing her artistic talents in a surgical career. Dr. Harris completed both her general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at University of Virginia. In addition, she completed a year of research studying “Factors Responsible for Minimizing Formation of Scars” and presented her findings at the American College of Surgeons.