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HOUSTON, TX (June 23, 2021) – Following a competitive national search, The Harris Center is pleased to announce Luming Li, M.D., M.H.S. as the organization’s new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Li will officially join the organization on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Li, a talented and innovative clinical leader, to The Harris Center,” said Wayne Young, Chief Executive Officer of The Harris Center. “Her extensive experience and continued passion for enhancing care delivery in behavioral health will be a tremendous asset to our executive leadership team and I am confident that her forward thinking will help transform the health and well-being of those who entrust us with their care.”
Dr. Li is a board certified psychiatrist and a nationally recognized behavioral health expert in clinical quality and safety, and digital health technology. Her clinical focus is on patients with severe psychiatric conditions requiring complex systems of care.
“I am truly humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve in the role of Chief Medical Officer at The Harris Center,” stated Dr. Li. “I’m very excited to meet our clients and staff members, and to support educational and advocacy efforts within and outside the organization. I also look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead as we work to improve access to high-quality care and facilitate community partnerships.”
As the largest behavioral health organization in the State of Texas, The Harris Center is located in one of the most populated and diverse communities in the United States.
“I look forward to relocating to the Houston area and developing new clinical and operational initiatives that focus on diversity and allow for engagement and collaboration within the community. My extended family has lived in the greater Houston area for the last 20 years, and I am excited to contribute toward strengthening behavioral health services at critical time when services are especially needed.”
About Dr. Luming Li
Dr. Li comes to The Harris Center from Yale, where she served as the Associate Director of Quality Improvement at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, and the Medical Director of Clinical Operations at Yale New Haven Health. In these roles, she led site-based and system-wide initiatives focusing on clinical quality and patient safety. She also served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine where she provided oversight of quality improvement projects, serious event review, physician peer review and quality performance. She also taught medical students, residents and fellows on topics of leadership development and health systems science.
Dr. Li completed a 7-year B.A./M.D. program at Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and residency training at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She has also served on national committees within the American Psychiatric Association (APA), including the Health Systems and Financing Committee (2017-2018) and was an APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship recipient. She was a 2019-2020 Health and Aging Policy Fellow, and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Passionate about physician leadership and service, she is currently an executive board member for the American Association of Psychiatric Administrative Leaders. She has written numerous book chapters, published peer review articles and presented extensively on the topics of health services and psychiatric leadership at local, regional and national conferences.
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About The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
The Harris Center is the state-designated Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Authority serving Harris County, Texas. As the largest behavioral health and developmental disability care center in the State of Texas, The Harris Center provides a full continuum of services to 88 sites across Harris County, serving approximately 80,000 individuals annually. Learn more at TheHarrisCenter.org.
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