Dr. Harris Retirement

Dr. Robert Harris, Pediatrician, Retires After 55 years

Dr. Robert Harris – aka “Tiger Bob”, retired earlier this year after a 55-year career in private practice from 1964 to 2020. Over the past 5 decades, he served thousands of families in the Columbia Missouri area, working with compassion and devotion to our community and the health of our children. 


Originally from Poplar Bluff, MO, Harris received his medical degree from The University of Missouri School of Medicine – Columbia in 1961.  He completed his internship in 1962  and residency in 1964, and completed his boards as a Pediatrician through the American Board of Pediatrics, 


Dr. Robert Harris, along with Dr. John Meyer and Dr. Charles Carnahan, founded Boone Clinic Pediatrics in 1976 and began to grow the practice.  He was joined by Paula Stuebben, MD, Ellen Thomas, MD, Holly Bondurant, MD, Laura Weidt, MD, Lisa Monsees, MD, and John Pecorak, MD. Robert’s wife, Jerena (Jerry), also assisted with many aspects of the practice over the years, including serving as a receptionist for over 2 decades. 


In 2011, the current Tiger Pediatrics (on Keene Street) was opened. Many people do not realize that the name Tiger Pediatrics is not a nod to the local University mascot, but in fact, is from Dr. Harris’ nickname of “Tiger Bob”.  After opening Tiger Pediatrics, he and his partners were joined by Janie Jacobs, MD, Kristin Dietiker, MD, and Blake Barnes, MD.


Dr. Harris believes in being “a service organization for children, taking care of the most important and precious commodity in life which is the health and well-being of children”.  His passion for children helped develop and instill the values of Tiger Pediatrics today. Dr. Harris is the author of several children’s books, including The Curley-Headed Bird, and the Floppy Eared Beagle.

The Legacy Lives On


Thanks to Dr. Robert Harris, Tiger Pediatrics has had the honor of caring for several multigenerational families over the years. Our physicians and nurse practitioners have enjoyed sharing in the many joys of parenthood and have been privileged to walk alongside our families during the challenges as well.


In addition to our Board Certified Pediatricians at Tiger Pediatrics, the physicians are joined by Board Certified Nurse Practitioners; Tia Bruce, PNP, Shawn Neyens, PNP, Melanie Boerio, PNP, and Staci Reinert, FNP.  Our team of providers offer after-hours appointments in the evenings and weekends.  Patients of Tiger have access to 24/7 availability, virtual visits, and communication through a patient portal as well.


Tiger Pediatrics strives to provide personalized state of the art pediatric care so that children can achieve the best physical and mental health possible.  We focus not only on the management of illness, but also on disease prevention and healthy lifestyles.


Tiger Pediatrics has been blessed to care for more children in Mid-Missouri than any other primary care group, across 4 locations, 13 physicians and nurse practitioners, with a total of 186 combined years of experience.


Call us at 573-777-ROAR (7627) to set up an appointment.