Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP

Bernard Harris, Jr.
Bernard Harris is currently chief executive officer and managing partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in early to mid-stage Healthcare technologies and companies. As CEO, he is responsible for managing a portfolio of private assets of early and mid- stage venture investments and operating companies. Prior to Vesalius Ventures, Harris worked with Vanguard Ventures, a $500 million early-stage venture capital firm focused in life sciences, information technology and telecommunications. He led the company’s emerging VC accelerator in telemedicine for six years. Harris was at NASA for 10 years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. He conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space. Selected into the Astronaut Corp in January 1990, Harris was a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993. As payload commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program, becoming the “First African American to walk in Space.” A veteran astronaut for over 20 years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. Harris is also the founder of the Harris Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports math/science education and crime prevention programs for America's youth. He earned a BS in Biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Branch at Galveston, and MBA from the University of Houston, and an MD from Texas Tech University School of Medicine.