Announcing Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. as keynote speaker  at the 8th Annual Breakfast for a Blessing  

KATY, TEXAS,- July 1, 2019– Houston Methodist West will be the title sponsor of Christ Clinic’s 8th annual “Breakfast for a Blessing” on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at Crosspoint Community Church, 700 Westgreen Blvd, Katy, Texas 77450. This event is Christ Clinic’s annual fall fundraiser seeking to raise $125,000 to support the medically uninsured through Katy and West Houston.

This year’s guest speaker will Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. MD, MBA, FACO, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc. Dr. Harris has over 20 years of business experience, in various leadership roles as CEO, president, SVP and CMO of some of the leading companies and organizations in the nation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for U.S. Physical Therapy (NASDAQ: USPH), Sterling Bancshares (NASDAQ: SBIB), E-Cardio, RMD Networks, Monebo Technologies, American Institute Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) and the Space Agency.

Dr. Harris was at NASA for 10 years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis.  Later, as Head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space, which involved the use of telemetry. A veteran astronaut for over eighteen years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space.  On his second flight, Dr. Harris conducted the first telemedicine conference from space with the Mayo Clinic and became the “First African American to walk in Space”. Dr. Harris served as Vice President and Chief Scientist of SPACEHAB, Inc., a venture-backed innovative space commercialization company where he directed the company’s space science business.  Later, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Space Media, Inc., an Informatics company, establishing an e-commerce initiative.

Dr. 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 Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Houston and a Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine.  He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in Endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center and trained as a Flight Surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base. He is also a licensed private pilot and certified scuba diver.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Stony Brook University (SUNY), Morehouse School of Medicine, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and University of Hartford, NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Award of Merit, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was the recipient of the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.

Event Sponsorship is available starting at $850. To sponsor a table online visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BFAB2019. For more information, contact Michael Peterson, Advancement Coordinator at 832-913-8476 or email at michael@christclinickaty.org.

About Christ Clinic

Christ Clinic located at 25722 Kingsland Blvd, Suite 101, Katy, Texas 77494 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable medical clinic offering high quality healthcare and health related services to those who are uninsured or underinsured primarily in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties. The goal of Christ Clinic is to serve those who fall through the gap in Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act without the use of State or Federal funding. The clinic is supported by community partners, local churches, businesses, foundations and individuals.