Ophthalmologist, Cornea Specialist
Joined University Eye Specialists: 2014
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATESBS: 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
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONUniversity of Tennessee, summa cum laude graduate, 2005
Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPSAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
Tennessee Medical Association
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.