Published on May 05, 2021

Inaugural Philip A. Harris Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Photo of Henry Haley.

Henry Haley

Henry Haley, a third-year medical student at Central Michigan University, has been awarded the inaugural Philip A. Harris Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.

Haley has participated in several clerkships at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, including in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, surgery, hospital medicine and a comprehensive community clerkship. He hopes to one day practice medicine in the Midland area.

“Henry truly embodies the spirit of Dr. Harris,” said Denise O’Keefe, executive director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “Like Dr. Harris was, he’s focused on continuously learning and education. He has a passion for helping others and we look forward to the day that he practices medicine in the communities that MidMichigan Health serves.”

Photo of Philip A. Harris, M.D.

Philip A. Harris, M.D.

Dr. Harris worked as an otolaryngologist for MidMichigan Physicians Group, specializing in diseases of the ear, nose, throat and sinus. In February 2016, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. Over the course of the next four years, he continued working intermittently, while seeking cancer treatment and battling side effects. In the spring of 2020, Dr. Harris resigned from his office practice to spend his last months at home with his loving wife and their three children.

Dr. Harris considered it a privilege to treat every patient who presented for care. He worked with each patient to understand the nature of their medical condition and to choose a treatment option. He believed it was important that patients have local options and access to care. Dr. Harris took pride in his work and was an active learner and educator. He was a teacher and participated in medical societies, multiple academies, educational courses and lectures in order to help educate medical residents and to assist referring doctors in providing advanced local care.

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