Making history: Patrice Harris is the first African-American woman elected president of the AMA


Patrice A. Harris, M.D., originally intended to become a pediatrician.

But that was before Harris did a psychiatry clerkship in her third year of medical training and discovered a new love: the human brain.

“I was always fascinated by the brain—this blob of human tissue that controls everything about the body,” she said. 

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