Odette Harris: Stanford University’s First Black Female Professor Of Neurosurgery

Odette Harris

Dr. Odette Harris is the first black woman Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University’s Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System.  She has served as the director of brain injury in the department of neurosurgery and the associate chief of staff of polytrauma and rehabilitation at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System since 2009.

Harris developed a passion for the physical sciences and chemistry while studying at an all-girls high school.

“All those cliches about girl schools and empowering girls and women, I think they’re true,” Harris said in an interview with Stanford Medicine.

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