Elizabeth Harrison, MD, MS

Elizabeth Harrison, MD
Resident

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

College/Medical School: University of Richmond/University of Virginia School of Medicine

Research Project: Contraceptive Management in Female Pediatric Patients with Epilepsy: A Descriptive Analysis of EMR Data Using Natural Language Processing

Career Goals: To be both a researcher (using machine learning techniques to help improve clinical care) and an actively practicing epileptologist. I also envision (some day) leading my own data science epilepsy lab.

Hobbies/Interests: Distance road and trail running, cycling, swimming, hiking with my dog, classical and jazz vocal performance, historical and science fiction, traveling, trying out new restaurants, and debating ethics and moral philosophy

Travels/Languages: I have traveled all over Europe and the Americas, but never in Asia or Africa (checklist items for the next 5 years). I can speak a little French and a little Spanish, but plan to work on my Spanish throughout residency.

An Interesting Fact About Yourself: I completed a half ironman in my 4th year of medical school and hope to participate in a full ironman sometime in the next 5 years!

More About Me: Going into residency interviews, I knew it would be hard to find a perfect fit. Although my husband Patrick and I love the outdoors and have a big dog who needs plenty of space to run, I also hoped to end up in a large stand-alone children’s hospital (most of which are in major cities). Thankfully, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh was able to offer me everything: good patient volume, an amazing focus on graduate medical education, state of the art research facilities, numerous fellowship opportunities, experienced mentors, an incredibly supportive community, and the beautiful city of Pittsburgh! Patrick and I now live right next door to a 600+ acre wooded park with only a 10-minute commute to and from the hospital. I truly cannot imagine a better situation.

Why Did You Choose UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: Children's has everything: good patient volume, an amazing focus on graduate medical education, state of the art research facilities, research/fellowship opportunities, experienced mentors, and the most supportive community (both inside and outside the hospital) that anyone could hope for. Plus, Pittsburgh is an incredible city to live in!