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Suzanne L Harrison M.D.

Suzanne L Harrison M.D.

Professor of Family Medicine & Rural Health
Director of Clinical Programs
(850) 644-7029
Main Campus

Job Description

Dr. Harrison teaches in all four years of medical education and serves as the Director of Clinical Programs. She is Education Director for Family Medicine. In this role, she is tasked to develop, implement and evaluate the family medicine curriculum during the clinical years. This includes the required Family Medicine Clerkship during year 3 and the Family Medicine Sub-Internship in year 4. During the first two years of medical education, Dr. Harrison works with students in the Clinical Learning Center, serves as a small group facilitator and leads large group lectures. She is the course co-director for the Literature and Medicine elective, and frequently works with interested students through Special Topics and Research electives in the fourth year of medical school. In addition to medical student teaching, Dr. Harrison frequently participates in undergraduate courses at the College of Medicine through lecture/discussion sessions in the Honors Medical Seminar and Careers in Medicine.

Dr. Harrison supervises family medicine residents and medical students at the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Family Medicine Residency Program, where she also serves as a clinical preceptor for students their pre-clinical years. Dr. Harrison developed a free clinic at Refuge House in 2003, where she provided weekly care for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking until 2013. She has provided medical care to underserved patients at the rural county health departments as needed since 2003, and often volunteers her time at Neighborhood Medical Center, through special events, and leads a medical mission trip to Los Cedros, Nicaragua every summer.


Prior to joining the FSU College of Medicine in April 2005, Dr. Harrison was a faculty member at the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, where she participated in the medical training of resident physicians and medical students from FSU College of Medicine and other institutions.

She graduated from the University of Washington School Of Medicine in Seattle and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Valley Medical Center, part of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. Following her training, Dr. Harrison spent a decade in Walla Walla, Washington, practicing the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics. During that time she served as Department Chair of Pediatrics & Obstetrics at St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Harrison was involved in clinical teaching while in private practice through the University of Washington MEDEX program and Whitworth College.


Predoctoral Director's Development Institute, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, 2008
Faculty Development Fellowship, University of California San Diego: Addressing the Healthcare Needs of the Underserved, 2006
Family Medicine Residency of Valley Medical Center, University of Washington Residency Network, 1990-1993
M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine, 1990
B.S., Zoology, University of Idaho, 1983


Dr. Harrison is active in several service-related activities at the College of Medicine, but also volunteers her time locally, nationally and internationally. At the local level, she has served on the Access to Care Committee and the Continuing Medical Education Committee for Capital Medical Society, and on the Leon County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. At the national level, Dr. Harrison is President of the American Medical Women's Association and was the chair for the anti-trafficking committee, Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans, for several years. Through FSU College of Medicine, Dr. Harrison participates in medically-related service events, leads a mission trip to rural Nicaragua every summer and serves on both the admissions committee and the curriculum committee. She is an academic advisor for medical students, and serves as the faculty advisor for the medical student branch of AMWA and for the Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Harrison is the physician editor-in-chief for HEAL, a student publication at FSU College of Medicine. She also reviews articles for several medical journals, serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Women's Health and Gynecology, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association.


American Medical Women's Association Exceptional Mentor Award, 2015
Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2015
Committment to Excellence Award, American Medical Women's Association, 2014
FSU College of Medicine Nominee for AAMC Humanism Award, 2014 and 2017
Prudential-Davis Productivity Award, Florida Tax Watch, 2013, 2014
Volunteer of the Year, Refuge House, 2013
Certificate of Appreciation, FSU College of Medicine Classes of 2015 and 2016, "Class Mom", 2013
Hippocratic Award, FSU College of Medicine Class of 2010
Guardian of the Mission Award, FSU Faculty Council, 2009
American's Top Family Doctors, Consumers Research Council of America, 2009 and 2010
Faculty Member of the Year, FSU Medical Student Council, 2008
AMWA awarded FSU College of Medicine Organization of the Year, 2008
AMWA awarded FSU Graduate Organization of the Year, 2008
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2005
Chief Administrative Resident, Valley Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, 1992-93
Medical Scientist Research Training Program, 1987


American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Medical Women's Association
Academy on Violence and Abuse
Capital Medical Society
Florida Academy of Family Physicians
Florida Medical Association
Medical Women's International Association
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Research Focus

Dr. Harrison's research interests include abuse and violence as it relates to healthcare, and has published manuscripts on human trafficking and intimate partner violence. Other research interests include women's health, women in medicine and medical education.


Faculty Development for Medical School Community-Based Faculty: A CERA Study Exploring Institutional Requirements and Challenges. Academic Medicine, 2017
Workplace Bullying Among Family Physicians. Journal of Women's Health, 2016.
Fourth-Year Medical Student Charting of Older Persons' Cognitive and Functional Status. Family Medicine, 2016.
Teaching Medicine Through Literature: Experiences Implementing a Fourth Year Distance Learning Elective. Academic Medicine, 2016.
The Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors: A Novel Educational Video and Online Tutorial to Educate Medical Providers. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2015.
AMWA Position Paper on the Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in the United States. AMWA, 2014.
A National Hotline Survey of Victims: Are Healthcare Professionals Screening for Domestic Violence? FMDRL, 2014.
Dysmenorrhea. Family Medicine: Ambulatory Care & Prevention, 6th Edition. 2014.
Intimate Partner Violence. Am Fam Physician. 2011.
Effects of Soy Protein-Based Formula in Full-Term Infants. Am Fam Physician. 2008.