Barry-Lewis Harris, II M.D.


Barry HarrisBarry-Lewis Harris, II M.D. is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician.  Dr. Harris’ academic acumen and professional expertise are underpinned through years of matriculation in various facets.   He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Martin, Tennessee where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He attended medical school at East Tennessee State University where he served as President of the local Student National Medical Association and currently has the honor of Professional Board Member Emeritus on the national level with the Student National Medical Association.  After medical school, he did his internship at Chattanooga Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Harris completed his residency at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee in the studies of Family Medicine.  

Dr. Harris has led a diversified family medicine group in Gulfport and Biloxi, MS where he held active medical staff privileges at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Biloxi Regional Medical Center, and Select Specialty Hospital.  He has been director for the New Visions Acute Inpatient Detoxification Unit with Biloxi Regional Medical Center; served as medical director for a local long term care facility; along with being the chief physician for the Armed Forces Retirement home until Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  He served as Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff at Gulf Coast Medical Center.  He was appointed as Chief Medical Officer of Primary Care in 2008 for the Biloxi Campus of the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System.  After showing his innate leadership skills and abilities, he then was appointed the permanent Chief of Staff at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, MS where he was responsible for the clinical operations for a 350 mile area along the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to Panama City, Florida which entailed management of over 300 million dollars of resources annually.  In this role he successfully oversaw The Joint Commission Accreditation and Inspector General Reviews and the opening of a new Ambulatory Surgical Center.  He resigned that position after the passing of his mother to return to his home city to be closer to care for his family.

Dr. Harris possesses essential experience in leadership, advocacy, health policy and culturally competent medical care.  He is an active member of the National Medical Association since 1995 where he was recognized at the National Convention in Atlanta, GA for editorial skills and currently serves as Region III Chair since 2005 advocating for the concerns of physicians of the eight state region.  Dr. Harris has been inducted into The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, “the Boulé,” and also a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.