Bio – LeWanza Harris, MD, MPH

Dr. Harris provides strategic leadership and oversight for all clinical quality functions across the Health System to achieve organizational goals related to clinical excellence, regulatory compliance, and quality management.  A highly respected physician-leader, Dr. Harris has more than 10 years of experience driving system-wide improvements in risk management, quality, safety, and regulatory affairs. She has led several successful initiatives in team training, clinical risk management, readmissions, regulatory compliance, infection prevention and control, and surgical and procedural safety, ambulatory quality and patient safety, and opioid management. Most recently, she was the Associate Chief Quality Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian and the Liaison to the Weill Cornell Physician Organization and ColumbiaDoctors Faculty Practice Organization.

In these roles, she was responsible for strategic leadership, alignment, and implementation of quality and patient safety initiatives. She also concurrently served as the MCIC Vermont Associate Chief Quality Officer/Associate Chief Medical Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian. In this role, she was responsible for collaborating with MCIC, a specialty insurance company that provides insurance coverage and risk management services to academic medical centers, and engaging medical staff to collaboratively define and implement risk reduction strategies and ensure alignment of both organizations’ strategic goals for patient safety and loss prevention. Prior to these roles, Dr. Harris served as the Associate Chief Quality Officer of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Ambulatory Care Network, which consists of practice sites across Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, and as the Associate Chief Quality Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital.

In 2007, Dr. Harris joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Community and Family Medicine, as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. A board certified family medicine physician, Dr. Harris received her MD and MPH from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at University of Rochester/Highland Family Medicine. She completed the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund Clinical Quality Fellowship. Dr. Harris was also a Ruth L. Kirchstein AHRQ Health Services Research & Policy Fellow. In 2019, she was inducted as a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a 2022 Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership candidate at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.