Boyde J. “Jerry” Harrison, MD, FAAFP

Family physician, Jerry Harrison Family Practice, Haleyville, Alabama

Dr. Harrison earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Medicine. After completing residency at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, he opened a private practice in Haleyville, Alabama, where he has served the rural community for more than 35 years. In 2003, Dr. Harrison was one of the first Alabama physicians certified to start an office-based opioid treatment center. In 2008, under the auspices of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, he helped develop an award-winning, board-sponsored prescribing course, which he has presented to more than 7,000 Alabama prescribers. He has also served on Alabama’s opioid task force under two governors. An early supporter of the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Dr. Harrison continues to advocate for appropriate, judicious prescribing of controlled substances. In addition, he has a long history of leadership in organized medicine. Notably, he was one of the founders of the Alabama Medical Directors Association and is the immediate past president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. In recognition of his careerlong involvement in organized medicine, he received the UAB Medical Alumni Association’s 2016 Garber Galbraith Medical-Political Award and is a 2018 inductee to the Alabama Heathcare Hall of Fame.