Boyde Jerome “Jerry” Harrison, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1974. He completed his graduate study in Biochemistry from Tulane University in 1976, and received his MD degree from The University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1980. After graduating medical school, Dr. Harrison went on to Georgia Baptist Medical Center where he completed his training in Family Medicine. After his post-graduate training, he moved to the rural town of Haleyville, Alabama where he maintains a private practice.
Dr. Harrison is a strong advocate of rural primary care and continues to serve as Medical Director of local nursing homes. He is one of the founders of the Alabama Medical Directors Association where he served as President from 1996 to 1997. His contributions to this association have helped strengthen the relationship and dialogue between the regulatory agency and medical directors. He has been an active board member with the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners since 2006 and, as of 2014, he serves as the Chairman. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Censors of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Since 1998, he has served as a board member on the Alabama Academy of Family Practice, was president from 2005 to 2006, and Board Chairman from 2005 to 2007. Since 2006, he has served as a board member of the State Committee of Public Health and served as the Chair from 2014 to 2015. While serving as Chairman, he directed the committee through the planning of a comprehensive state medical laboratory in Montgomery. With Dr. Harrison’s leadership and involvement with the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, there has been a 6% decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed in Alabama over the past two years.
Aside from his professional work, Dr. Harrison is one of the keyboardists for the First United Methodist Church of Haleyville, as well as playing with a southern gospel group. To summarize Dr. Harrison’s acts of kindness, he has quietly assisted several people in his community who were able to attend college and medical school due to his selfless acts of philanthropy. When he is not serving his community, he enjoys aviation, scuba diving, photography and travel.
Dr. Harrison was nominated by Dr. Jorge A. Alsip.