Meet Dr. James Harris, Jr.

meet dr james harris

Orthodontics has blessed me. It is enjoyable to go to work each day, looking forward to meeting the challenges and helping our patients through the life-changing practice of orthodontia. The diversity of my patients, with their unique treatment needs, make my days interesting and keeps me from becoming complacent.

I followed in the footsteps of my uncle, Dr. Elisha Greenfield, in deciding to become an orthodontist. Seeing the relationships he develops with his patients, and the way he is able to help people change their lives through treatment, was very inspiring. I knew I wanted to do the same. For me, the positive effects of a corrected smile in a person’s life are what I most appreciate about my work. It is amazing that I can bring about such positive, lifelong transformations for my patients.

Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Meharry Medical College
  • Orthodontic certificate of specialty, Loyola University

I am committed to continual learning about new developments in orthodontics. Only by staying on the leading edge am I able to provide my patients with the best care available, and they truly deserve the best. I attend meetings of the Illinois Society of Orthodontists and the Chicago Dental Society, as well as annual meetings sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois Society of Orthodontists
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • Chicago Dental Society, Kenwood/Hyde Park Branch
  • Progressive Club of the Chicago Dental Society
  • Meharry Medical College Alumni Association

Personal Life

I am a native of eastern North Carolina, a region known for barbecue pork and tobacco fields, but have lived in the Chicagoland area for more than 25 years. My wife Michelle and I have been married since 1998 and we have one daughter, Lorielle. Away from work, you’ll find me delving into a good book, riding motorcycles, bicycling, going fishing, and gardening.

I attend All Nations Community Church in Homewood, and am a member of the church health committee. I volunteer my services to our community through health fairs sponsored by my church and at my daughter’s school, as well.

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