Elizabeth Spinuzza Harris, MD is a plastic surgeon in private practice. At a young age Dr. Harris was interested in both art and science. With this in mind, she initially considered medical illustration as a career. She majored in both Biology and Art at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame. It was during that time, mostly due to her admiration of her physician father, that she opted to pursue a career in medicine instead. The field of plastic surgery was suggested by one of Dr. Harris’ art professors as a career that would combine both medicine and art.
Dr. Harris studied medicine at Northwestern University. She then completed her general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at University of Virginia. During this time she was awarded a Plastic Surgery Educational grant and completed a year in the research laboratory.
Dr. Harris practices in San Antonio, Texas and specializes in breast and body contour surgery. She finds her most rewarding surgeries to be breast cancer reconstructions because she feels that her artistic abilities allow her to sculpt a woman’s breast to a natural, aesthetic appearance and this helps women emotionally heal from this difficult disease. She is dedicated to breast cancer research fundraising and has been asked to donate her artwork for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Dr. Harris is married and has two daughters, both of whom she encourages in artistic endeavors. Although the intense time constraints of residency slowed her art endeavors, she now has been able to resume her artistic pursuits and is primarily interested in printmaking, oil painting and mixed media. She continues to study at the Southwest School of Art and is a member of the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association group of women artists.