Lauren L. Harris, MD

Lauren L. Harris, MD

Joined University Eye Specialists: 2014

Ophthalmologist, Cornea Specialist

Dr. Lauren Harris is a cornea specialist. When she started college she thought she might want to be a pilot; however, her love of medicine took over. She earned a degree in biomedical engineering with highest honors before going on to medical school. Toward the end of medical school, she realized ophthalmology would be a good fit for her as she has a penchant for small things.

Dr. Harris performs corneal transplants, cataract surgery, removal of pre-cancerous and cancerous growths as well as many other surgical procedures on the eye. Cornea transplants can be full or partial thickness and different surgical skills are required for each type. Dr. Harris also performs LASIK, another procedure in which she can restore sight and dramatically improve her patient’s vision. Additionally, she sees patients from the InterFaith Clinic and Knoxville Area Project Access, as being able to make a difference in the lives of those in need is a benefit of ophthalmology that she cherishes and holds dear to her heart.

Practicing amongst the breathtaking Smoky Mountains allows Dr. Lauren Harris to explore her passions outside of patient care. Having a proclivity towards staying active, in her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, water skiing, wake surfing, snowboarding, and traveling.

  • BS: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2005
  • MD: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee, 2009
  • Internship: General Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 2009-2010
  • Ophthalmology Residency: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, 2010-2013
  • Fellowship: Cornea and External Disease, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2013-2014
  • Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2015
  • University of Tennessee, summa cum laude graduate, 2005
  • Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • Tennessee Medical Association

University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, clinical assistant professor, Department of Surgery, Section of Ophthalmology, 2014-present

Very happy with this group and especially Dr Lauren Harris. Very thorough and explains any issues.
Martha B.
I’m especially well pleased with the competence of Dr. L. Harris, this is the second time I’ve used her expertise in having cataract removal. She is very attentive to giving answers to questions I’ve had, and great follow up as well.
Karin H.
Really impressed with Dr. Lauren. She’s on time and takes time to answer questions. Her staff is also very helpful and competent.
Steven S.
Extremely great experience. Timely, professional, empathetic staff and very clean, sanitized offices. Could not have been more pleased from check in to appointment to check out…it was all excellent.
Julie R
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