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Hobart W. Harris, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
J. Engelbert Dunphy Endowed Chair in Surgery
Director, Infection, Injury & Immunity Lab

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  • 1975-1979 Harvard College, Cambridge, MA       A.B. Biology
  • 1979-1983 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA     M.D. Medicine
  • 1983-1984 Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA M.P.H. General Studies
  • 1984-1985 University of California, San Francisco Intern Surgery
  • 1985-1993 University of California, San Francisco Resident Surgery
  • 07/1993-12/1993 University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, P.R.C. Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • 02/2005-07/2005 University of Louisville, Louisville, KY ERCP
  • American Board of Surgery, 1994

Dr. Hobart W. Harris, Chief of General Surgery at the UCSF Medical Center, is an expert in treating surgical infections, diseases of the pancreas and biliary system and abdominal wall hernias, including pancreas, gallbladder and bile duct cancer, acute and chronic pancreatitis, islet autotransplantation for chronic pancreatitis, complex gallstone disease, intra-abdominal sepsis, serious infections of the skin and soft tissue, and enterocutaneous fistulas. He treats patients with complicated and often life-threatening conditions through the Complex Abdominal Surgery Program. Dr. Harris is also a pioneer and leader in the management and repair of complex ventral (incisional) hernias. Specifically, he is an expert at repairing gigantic ventral hernias, where closure of the defect and reconstructing the abdominal wall requires advanced techniques, such as progressive pneumoperiteum whereby the abdominal wall muscles are first stretched prior to repairing the hernia.

Dr. Harris earned his undergraduate, medical and public health degrees at Harvard University, before completing an internship and residency in general surgery at UCSF. After residency training, he completed a fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery at the University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital before joining the faculty at UCSF in 1994. Harris is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of numerous surgical and scientific societies including the American Surgical Association. 

Dr. Harris is Director of the Infection, Injury and Immunity Lab. His research focuses on surgical infections, innate immunity and the management of complex ventral hernias. He is also an innovator, inventor and entrepreneur in the surgical field.

Victoria Lyo, M.D. 2013-2015 Michael Tufaga, M.D.
Most recent publications from a total of 82
  1. Wong A, Lee S, Nathan NS, Wang F, Hansen SL, Harris HW, Sbitany H. Postoperative Prophylactic Antibiotic Use Following Ventral Hernia Repair with Placement of Surgical Drains Reduces Postoperative Surgical Site Infection Rate. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct; 136(4 Suppl):12-3. View in PubMed
  2. Wong A, Lee S, Nathan NS, Wang F, Hansen SL, Harris HW, Sbitany H. Postoperative Prophylactic Antibiotic Use Following Ventral Hernia Repair With Placement Of Surgical Drains Reduces Postoperative Surgical Site Infection Rate. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Sep 11. View in PubMed
  3. Tai F, Li JW, Sun J, Zheng MH, Wink J, Basta M, Fischer J, Kovach S, Tall J, Håkanson BS, Pålstedt J, Thorell A, Huntington C, Cox T, Blair L, Lincourt A, Prasad T, Kercher K, Heniford BT, Augenstein V, Strömberg H, Hellman P, Sandblom G, Gunnarsson U, Hope W, Bringman S, Chudy M, Romanowski C, Jones P, Jacombs A, Roussos E, Read J, Dardano A, Boesel T, Edye M, Ibrahim N, Lyo V, Tufaga M, Shin UK, Primus F, Harris H, Iesalnieks I, Di Cerbo F, Baladov M, Ikhlawi K, Azoury S, Rodriguez-Unda N, Soares K, Hicks C, Baltodano P, Poruk K, Hu L, Cooney C, Cornell P, Burce K, Eckhauser F, Garvey E, Zuhlke T, Jaroszewski D, Egan J, Jamshidi R, Graziano K, McMahon L, Rodriquez-Unda N, Fattori L, Leva A, Coppola S, Gianotti L, Baccay F, Alemayehu H, Singh J, Lo I, Amin A, Harrington A, Benvenuti H, Cho D, George F, Cate S. Abdominal Wall Miscellaneous. Hernia. 2015 Apr; 19 Suppl 1:S5-S12. View in PubMed
  4. Novitsky Y, Fayezizadeh M, Majumder A, Yee S, Petro C, Orenstein S, Woeste G, Reinisch A, Bechstein WO, Rosen M, Carbonell A, Cobb W, Bauer J, Selzer D, Chao J, Harmaty M, Poulose B, Matthews B, Goldblatt M, Jacobsen G, Rosman C, Hansson B, Prabhu A, Fathi A, Skipworth J, Younis I, Floyd D, Shankar A, Olmi S, Cesana G, Ciccarese F, Uccelli M, Carrieri D, Castello G, Legnani G, Lyo V, Irwin C, Xu X, Harris H, Zuvela M, Galun D, Petrovic J, Palibrk I, Koncar I, Basaric D, Tian W, Fei Y, Pittman M, Jones E, Schwartz J, Mikami D, Perrakis A, Knüttel D, Klein P, Croner RS, Hohenberger W, Perrakis E, Müller V, Grande M, Villa M, Lisi G, Esser A, De Sanctis F, Petrella G, Birolini C, Miranda JS, Tanaka EY, Utiyama EM, Rasslan S, Shi Y, Guo XB, Zhuo HQ, Li LP, Liu HJ, Bauder A, Gerety P, Epps G, Pannucci C, Fischer J, Kovach S. Incisional Hernia: Difficult Cases 2. Hernia. 2015 Apr; 19 Suppl 1:S105-11. View in PubMed
  5. Bettini A, Ulloa JG, Harris H. Appendicitis within Morgagni Hernia and simultaneous Paraesophageal Hernia. BMC Surg. 2015; 15:15. View in PubMed
  6. Brown I, Bellevue O, Shawo A, Woldesemayat H, Lyo V, Rayikanti B, Lee M, Uzosike ED, Kasravi S, Harris HW. Low-dose cyclophosphamide improves survival in a murine treatment model of sepsis. Shock. 2015 Jan; 43(1):92-8. View in PubMed
  7. Carter JT, Kaplan JA, Nguyen JN, Lin MY, Rogers SJ, Harris HW. A prospective, randomized controlled trial of single-incision laparoscopic vs conventional 3-port laparoscopic appendectomy for treatment of acute appendicitis. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 May; 218(5):950-9. View in PubMed
  8. Sanchez Rodriguez R, Pauli ML, Neuhaus IM, Yu SS, Arron ST, Harris HW, Yang SH, Anthony BA, Sverdrup FM, Krow-Lucal E, MacKenzie TC, Johnson DS, Meyer EH, Löhr A, Hsu A, Koo J, Liao W, Gupta R, Debbaneh MG, Butler D, Huynh M, Levin EC, Leon A, Hoffman WY, McGrath MH, Alvarado MD, Ludwig CH, Truong HA, Maurano MM, Gratz IK, Abbas AK, Rosenblum MD. Memory regulatory T cells reside in human skin. J Clin Invest. 2014 Mar 3; 124(3):1027-36. View in PubMed
  9. Beard JH, Oresanya LB, Akoko L, Mwanga A, Dicker RA, Harris HW. An estimation of inguinal hernia epidemiology adjusted for population age structure in Tanzania. Hernia. 2014 Apr; 18(2):289-95. View in PubMed
  10. Harris HW. Clinical outcomes of biologic mesh: where do we stand? Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Oct; 93(5):1217-25. View in PubMed
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