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Ocie Harris M.D.

Ocie Harris M.D.

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Dr. Harris, an internist with more than 30 years of experience in undergraduate medical education, served as dean of the FSU College of Medicine Jan. 28, 2003-Aug. 8, 2008. He came to FSU in November 2000 as associate dean for medical education, and was responsible for overseeing the development of FSU's regional medical school campuses and recruiting clinical faculty.

As director of the internal medicine clerkship at the University of Florida from 1974 to 1995, Dr. Harris oversaw the transition of UF’s internal medicine education from an entirely hospital-based clerkship to one with significant ambulatory experiences. In 1989, he assumed the directorship of UF’s North Florida Area Health Education Centers Program, which developed community-based education for health professions students, primarily in rural and medically underserved communities. Dr. Harris led the AHEC Program for more than 10 years and served as associate dean for community-based programs in the UF College of Medicine from 1991 until joining FSU in 2000. A leader in primary care education in Florida, Dr. Harris was recognized by his students with the Hippocratic Award for Teaching Excellence for his contributions to their education.


B.S., Premed, University of Mississippi, 1961

M. D., University of Mississippi, 1965

Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Florida, 1965-1967

Residency, Pulmonary Medicine, University of Florida, 1967-1969


1995-1997 President, National Organization of AHEC Program Directors
1997-2000 Member, Legislative Committee, National AHEC Organization
1997 Chairman, Florida Statewide AHEC Network
1999 Member, Florida Rural Health Association Bylaws Committee
1999 Member, National AHEC Program Evaluation Study Committee, HRSA, US Public Health Service
1999-2000 Member, National Rural Health Association Rural Minority Health Committee


1984 Hippocratic Award for Teaching Excellence, Presented by Class of 1984, University of Florida College of Medicine
1987 Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary, University of Florida College of Medicine


American College of Chest Physicians Florida Medical Association Capital Medical Society National Rural Health Association Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


Harris J.O., Swenson E.W and Johnson J.E. III.: Human alveolar Macrophages: Comparison of Phagocytic ability, glucose utilization, and ultrastructure in smokers and non smokers. J. Clin. Invest. 49:2086 2096,1970

Olsen G. N., Harris J. O., Castle J. R., Waldman R. H. and Karmagard H. J.: Alpha 1antitrypsin content in the serum, alveolar macrophages, and alveolar lavage fluid of smoking and nonsmoking normal subject. J.Clin. Invest. 55:427 430,1975.

Harris J.O., Olsen G.N., Castle J.R., and Maloney A.S.: Comparison of proteolytic enzyme activity in pulmonary alveolar macrophages and blood leukocytes in smokers and nonsmokers. Amer. Rev. Resp. Dis. 111:579 586,1975.

Davidson R. A., Schwartz M.D. and Harris J.O.: Effect of a simple ambulatory experience on career choice and attitudes of medical students. Am. J. Med. Sc. 307:36 39,1994.

Rooks L. Watson R.T. and Harris J.O.: A primary care preceptorship for first year medical students coordinated by an area health education program: A six year review. Acad. Med. 7:489-492, 2001.