Bernard A. Harris

by Justin Cates
Bernard A. Harris
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
Vesalius Ventures Inc.
Serves on Board of Directors for: Raytheon Technologies Corporation, U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

Bernard A. Harris, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures Inc.

A veteran astronaut, Harris has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. Selected into the Astronaut Corps in January 1990, he was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia in 1993 and a payload commander on the space shuttle Discovery in 1995, becoming the first African American to walk in space.

Harris is the recipient of the NASA Space Flight Medal and the NASA Award of Merit.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.

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