Cultivating a Global Aesthetic Consciousness
by Dr. Monte O. Harris

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Will to Adorn
Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Putting One's Identity to Work
University of Michigan Health System

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Curriculum Vitae

Center for Aesthetic Modernism
5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 612
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 951-9292

 

EMPLOYMENT

2007 – Present   Founder and CEO, Center for Aesthetic Modernism, Chevy Chase MD
2002 – 2007   Co-Founder, Cultura Cosmetic Medical Spa, Washington DC

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2002 – Present   Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Georgetown University, Washington DC
2002 – Present   Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology,
Howard University, Washington, DC 
2000 – 2001   Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

PERSONAL STATEMENT

My professional passion has centered on providing culturally sensitive aesthetic care with niche expertise for individuals with skin of color.  I am an internationally recognized authority in ethnic facial plastic surgery and sought by patients for cosmetic face and hair treatments aligned with cultural identity.  I was the Co-Founder and creative visionary behind Cultura, the first cosmetic medical spa integrating dermatology, plastic surgery, and spa therapy with niche expertise for individuals with skin of color.  I am actively involved with clinical research to assess safety and efficacy of cosmetic modalities in individuals of darker pigmented skin. Over the past 8 years, my clinical interest has concentrated on addressing the growing epidemic of hair loss in African American women.  African American women disproportionately suffer from "treatable and preventable" forms of alopecia often associated with traumatic grooming practices. With hair loss, as with other minority health disparities such as diabetes and hypertension, African American women's lifestyle habits and culture often contribute to onset and severity of disease. My clinical practice has experienced success in treating alopecia and fostering healthy hair care through our Do Good H.A.I.R.(DGH) Project, a systematic multi-modality solution integrating care across the medical and cosmetology communities.


BOARD CERTIFICATION

2000   American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
2007   American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING

1999 - 2000   Fellowship, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
2000   Fellowship, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Georgia Nasal and Sinus Institute, Savannah GA
1994 - 1999   Residency, Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
1993 – 1994   Internship, General Surgery
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

EDUCATION

1988 – 1993   M.D., Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honors, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland OH
1984 – 1988   B.S., magna cum laude, Morehouse College, Atlanta GA

HONORS AND RECOGNITION

2013   Maharishi Award for Health and Wholeness
2010 - 2012   Top Doctor, Washington Post Magazine
2008   Top Doctor, Black Enterprise Magazine
2008   Minority Business Leader Award – Washington Business Journal
2005   Finalist, Black Enterprise Business Innovator of the Year Award
2003   Emerging Business of the Year Award – Washington DC Chamber of Commerce
1995   Travel Grant Award for Outcomes Research Symposium, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
1994   Resident Research Grant Award $10,000 - American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
1993   Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
1990 - 1991   Case Western Reserve University/Institute of Pathology Fellowship
1988   Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society
1987   Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Award for Scholastic Achievement
1986    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Fellowship
1984 – 1988   Full Academic Scholarship, Morehouse College

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2010 – Present   Fellow, American College of Surgeons
2010 – Present   Member, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
1998 – Present   Member, National Medical Association
1995 – Present   Fellow, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

ADVISORY BOARDS

2012 – Present   Advisory Board, DC Association of Healthcare Professionals Practicing Transcendental Meditation
2012 - 2013   Sanaa Circle Community Advisory Board, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
2005 – 2006   Board of Directors, Washington DC Chamber of Commerce
2005 – 2007   Board of Directors, Medical Spa Society
2004 – 2014   Board of Directors, Recreation Wish List Committee/Southeast DC Tennis and Learning Center

RESEARCH AND GRANT SUPPORT

2012 – Present   Lead Research Advisor, The Will to Adorn Project, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage:  A multi-year collaborative research and community engagement project to document and present the range of traditions of dress and body arts of Americans of African descent across the United States
2014   Co-Principal Investigator, NIH-R21 (Not Funded), Do Good H.A.I.R. and Health: A Beauty-Centered Program to Promote Healthy Weight and Holistic Health for African American Women.  Impact Score: 10.
2011 – 2012   Co-Investigator, Evaluation of the Ulthera System for Obtaining Lift and Tightening of the Cheek Tissue and Improvement in Jawline Definition and Submental Skin Laxity in Patients with Fitzpatrick Skin Photo-types 3 through 6.
2008 – 2009   Principal Investigator, 3D Volumetric Analysis of Radiesse for Soft Tissue
Augmentation of the Nasolabial Fold.

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Kelley, C., Sbrocco, T., Mackey, E., Cassidy, O., Harris, MO., & Carter, M.M.  An Ecological Perspective on Obesity in African American Women Engenders Novel Treatment.  Submitted to Translational Issues in Psychological Science, September 2014.
  2. Harris MO. Aesthetic, Ethnic, and Cultural Considerations and Current Cosmetic Trends in the African-Descent Population” In: Cobo R, ed. Ethnic Considerations in Facial Plastic Surgery, New York: Thieme Medical Publishers Inc.  In press.
  3. Harris MO, Sundaram HA.  Safety of microfocused ultrasound with visualization in darker pigmented skin.  Prepared for submission to JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, November 2014.
  4. Harris MO.  Rhinoplasty in the Patient of African Descent. Facial Plast Surg Clin N Am 18 (1) 188-199, 2010.
  5. Harris MO. Cultivating a Global Aesthetic Consciousness. Arch Facial Plast Surg 11(6) 420, 2009.
  6. Harris MO. Intrinsic skin aging in pigmented races.  In: Halder RM, ed. Dermatology and Dermatological Therapy of Pigmented Skins. Boca Raton: CRC Press: 197-208, 2006.
  7. Harris MO. The aging face in patients of color: Minimally invasive surgical facial rejuvenation – a targeted approach. Dermatologic Ther 17 (2):206-211, 2004.
  8. Harris MO, Baker SR. Management of the Wide Nasal Dorsum. Arch Facial Plast Surg 6 (1):41-47, 2004.
  9. Elner VM, Mauffray RO, Fante RG, Harris MO, Morton AD, Hassan AS. Comprehensive Midfacial Elevation for Ocular Complications of Facial Nerve Palsy.  Arch Facial Plast Surg 5 (5):427-433, 2003.
  10. Germiller JA, Meyers LL, Harris MO, Bradford CR. Pseudoaneurysm of the proximal facial artery presenting as oropharyngeal hemorrhage.  Head and Neck 23:259-263, 2001.
  11. Sisk EA, Bradford CR, Jacob A, Yian CH, Staton KM, Harris MO, Carey TE, Lancaster WD, Gregoire L. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in “young” versus “old” patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.  Head and Neck 22:649-657, 2000.
  12. Harris MO, Beck JC, Terrell JE, McClatchey KD, Carey TE, Bradford CR. Expression of HPV 6 in inverted papilloma arising in a renal transplant recipient, Laryngoscope 108:312-318, 1998.
  13. Harris MO, Beck JC, Carey TE and Bradford CR. The HPV 6 E6/E7 transforming genes are expressed in inverted papilloma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 118:312-318, 1998.
  14. Laurencin C, Domb A, Morris C, Harris M and Langer R. The crystallinity of the polyanhydrides for controlled release application. Polymer Reprints 30:466-467, 1989.

PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

  1. February 2015, Do Good HAIR: Grooming Well-Being through Afrocentricity, Black History Month Lecture Series, Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC
  2. January 2015, Panelist: Divine Nine and the Origin and Emergence of Step. Step Afrika! Step Xplosion in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD
  3. November 2014, Keynote:  Do Good HAIR: Grooming Well-Being through Afrocentricity, Department of African American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  4. November 2013, Body Image and Mental Health, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD       
  5. November 2013, Psychohairapy, George Washington University, Washington DC
  6. October 2013, Beauty and Health: Designing Afro Modern Well-Being, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  7. July 2013, Rhinoplasty and Hair Restoration: Detangling nose and hair aesthetics, National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly Toronto, Canada
  8. June 2013, Panel Discussion:  Health, Hair, and Heritage, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
  9. February 2013, Black History Month Keynote:  Know Thyself to Discover Your Life Purpose, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
  10. May 2012, Nose and Hair: An Afro Modern approach to restoring beauty, health, and identity, Nose and Face World, International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies VII International Congress, Rome, Italy
  11. March 2012, Heads Up: Black Hair, Health and Cultural Identity, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC
  12. December 2011, Do Good HAIR: An Afro Modern approach to restoring beauty, health, and identity, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD         
  13. May 2011, 3D Imaging in the Rhinoplasty Consultation, Aesthetics in Patients of African Descent, Panelist: Controversies in Ethnic Rhinoplasty, Advances in Rhinoplasty Conference, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chicago, IL       
  14. March 2011, Cultivating Aesthetic Consciousness, 3D Imaging in Rhinoplasty, 6th Biennial International Milan Masterclass, Milan, Italy
  15. January 2011, 3D Imaging, Rejuvenation of the Aging Face Conference – American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, San Diego, CA
  16. May 2011, Improve Consult Productivity with 3D Imaging, The Aesthetic Show, Las Vegas, NV
  17. June 2009, Moderator: Ethnic Rhinoplasty Panel, Advances in Rhinoplasty Conference, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Seattle, WA
  18. June 2009, Improving Contour While Preserving Culture in the African American Nose, Advances in Rhinoplasty Conference, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , Seattle, WA
  19. June 2009, Ethnic Variables in Anatomy, Advances in Rhinoplasty Conference, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Seattle, WA
  20. September 2008, Emerging Leaders Instant Apprentice Workshop, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Luncheon, Washington, DC
  21. June 2008, Panelist: The Masters Skin Clinic- Dilemmas and Case Studies, Facial Cosmetic Surgery – The Forum Group, Las Vegas, NV
  22. June 2008, Cosmetic Laser Therapy in Individuals with Skin of Color, Facial Cosmetic Surgery – The Forum Group, Las Vegas, NV
  23. June 2008, African American Rhinoplasty - A personal approach to preserving ethnicity, Facial Cosmetic Surgery – The Forum Group, Las Vegas, NV
  24. October 2007, Medspa Concept and Ethnic Facial Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery Editors Breakfast – New York, NY
  25. September 2007, Black Men Who Make Us Beautiful, Sisters Sharing…Building a Foundation for Life Conference, Xi Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., University of the District of Columbia
  26. September 2007, The Art of Integrated Cosmetic Therapy: Keys to Developing a Successful Multicultural Cosmetic Practice, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Fall Meeting, Washington, DC
  27. September 2007, Workshop: Advanced Injectable Techniques, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Fall Meeting, Washington, DC
  28. October 2006, Facial Cosmetic Surgery: Skin of Color Considerations, Georgetown University Department of Otolaryngology – Grand Rounds, Washington, DC
  29. May 2006, Ethnic Skin Rejuvenation, International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, Las Vegas, NV
  30. May 2006, The Medi Spa Concept, International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, Las Vegas, NV
  31. September 2005, Your Skin and the Medical Spa, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Editors Breakfast, Los Angeles, CA
  32. April 2005, The Art of Integrated Cosmetic Therapy, New Jersey Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery – 22nd Annual Symposium on Facial Plastic Surgery , Holmdel, New Jersey
  33. September 2005, The Art of Integrated Cosmetic Therapy, Medical Spa Expo and Conference, Miami, FL
  34. September 2004, Instruction Course: The Art of Integrated Cosmetic Therapy, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Fall Meeting, New York, NY     
  35. September 2004, Ethnic Laser Therapy: The Versatile Nd-Yag at 1064nm, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Fall Meeting, New York, NY
  36. September 2003, African American Female Midface Aging: A Morphologic Study, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Fall Meeting – Orlando, FL
  37. August 2001, The African American Aging Face: Midface Alternatives, National Medical Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN
  38. August 1997, Expression of HPV 6 in Inverted Papilloma Arising in a Renal Transplant Recipient, National Medical Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii
  39. September 1996, Expression of HPV 6 E6/E7 Transforming Genes in Nasal Inverted Papilloma, 100th Anniversary American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Washington, DC