Dr. John E. Harris earned his medical degree and a Ph.D. in molecular medicine from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in Worcester, MA, where he also completed his medical internship. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Harris is board-certified in dermatology and is associate professor of dermatology at UMMS. He is also the director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center at UMMS, where he writes the blog "Speaking of Vitiligo ..." The clinic and research center maintain two focuses: diagnosing and treating people with vitiligo, and conducting research into new vitiligo treatments. Dr. Harris serves in advisory positions on boards and committees including the Dermatology Foundation, the Skin of Color Society, the Global Vitiligo Foundation, the Vitiligo Research Foundation, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the New England Dermatology Society, among others.
Dr. Harris is the author of numerous journal articles and chapters studying treatments, pathophysiology, and quality of life for people with vitiligo and other skin conditions.