Dr Donna Harrison, a Harry S. Truman public service scholar, received her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from Michigan State University. She completed medical school at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with additional studies in International Medicine at University of Arizona Medical School in Tuscon. She completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Michigan. She then entered private practice in Ann Arbor, MI, while maintaining an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr Harrison and her husband (also a physician, boarded in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases) left Ann Arbor for private practice with a multispecialty group involved in international medicine. They have worked as physicians in India and Haiti intermittently, while maintaining their US based private practices. Overseas involvement has included hospital based medicine, as well as community development work with village health workers in indigenous clinics.
Dr Harrison has been actively involved in public policy activities since medical school in 1982. She has testified before the Michigan State Senate on an Informed Consent bill, before the United States Senate subcommittee on Partial Birth Abortion, before the FDA on RU486, and before the United Nations Prep Committee on the impact of legalising abortions on women in developing countries.
Dr Harrison has been actively involved in health concerns in her local area. She has served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at her medical center, as well as serving on Public Health Department committees to reduce teen pregnancy and improve womenís health. She served as medical examiner for child sexual abuse cases, and testified in trials concerning sexual abuse. She teaches classes on sexually transmitted diseases in two local public school districts, as well as junior high and high school classes in biology and chemistry to area homeschool students.
Recently, Dr Harrison has retired from clinical practice to pursue a more active role in prolife public policy work. Dr Harrison is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Americans United for Life, a Public Policy and Public Interest Law firm. Dr Harrison also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is Chairperson of the AAPLOG subcommittee on RU486, and coauthored the Citizen Petition filed with the FDA to remove RU486 from the market.
The Drís Harrison and their 5 children reside in southwestern Michigan.