Dr. Harrison

Bio for Dr. Harrison


Dr. Harrison is a native Washingtonian, and has been at the Columbia River Eye Center since 2008.  Dr. Harrison received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Seattle Pacific University, and his M.D. Degree from St Louis University.  He completed an internship at Virginia Mason Hospital, and his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Following residency, he completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dr. Harrison is Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

After completion of his years of training, Dr. Harrison’s first job as an ophthalmologist was at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  At KKESH, Dr. Harrison gained much experience with challenging eye diseases that were referred to this tertiary eye hospital, as well as being a member of teaching faculty.  After three years, the growing Harrison family moved back to Seattle where Dr Harrison became an assistant Professor at the University of Washington department of ophthalmology.  Dr Harrison was the residency program director for his last two years at the UW.

In 2003, Dr Harrison and his family moved to Nigeria to fulfill a goal of serving, working, and teaching in a developing country.  The Harrison family worked with and was supported by Christian Blind Mission International.  Dr Harrison taught surgery to resident trainees from West Africa, and helped establish a clinic in Jos, Nigeria with Dr Lass, one of the trainees.  Dr Lass has since taken over leadership of the clinic where he continues to perform thousands of cataract surgeries annually.  Dr Harrison continues to be involved with International ophthalmology, and most recently traveled to Ethiopia to work with the Himalayan Cataract Project.

Dr Harrison purchased The Columbia River Eye Center in 2009, and was joined soon thereafter by Dr Walters and Dr Smith.  The Harrison family enjoys living in Tri-Cities, close to other family members.