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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

Contact Information

513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, California 94143-0104
Clinical Telephone: (415) 353-2161
New Patient Coordinator Telephone: (415) 353-2804
Academic Telephone: (415) 514-3891
Fax: (415) 476-0164
e-mail: hobart.harris@ucsfmedctr.org

Education

  • 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

Residencies

  • 1984-1985 University of California, San Francisco Intern Surgery
  • 1985-1993 University of California, San Francisco Resident Surgery

Fellowships

  • 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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, 1994

Clinical Expertise

Biography

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 LabHis research focuses on surgical infections, innate immunity and the management of complex ventral hernias.

Clinical Trials

 

Publications

Most recent publications from a total of 76
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Harris HW. Clinical outcomes of biologic mesh: where do we stand? Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Oct; 93(5):1217-25. View in PubMed
  5. Harris HW. Biologic mesh for ventral hernia repair: a cautionary tale. Ann Surg. 2013 Jun; 257(6):997-8. View in PubMed
  6. Beard JH, Oresanya LB, Ohene-Yeboah M, Dicker RA, Harris HW. Characterizing the global burden of surgical disease: a method to estimate inguinal hernia epidemiology in Ghana. World J Surg. 2013 Mar; 37(3):498-503. View in PubMed
  7. Primus FE, Harris HW. A critical review of biologic mesh use in ventral hernia repairs under contaminated conditions. Hernia. 2013 Feb; 17(1):21-30. View in PubMed
  8. Harris H. Systematic review of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation for chronic pancreatitis (Br J Surg 2012; 99: 761-766). Br J Surg. 2012 Jun; 99(6):767. View in PubMed
  9. Chuang KI, Corley D, Postlethwaite DA, Merchant M, Harris HW. Does increased experience with laparoscopic cholecystectomy yield more complex bile duct injuries? Am J Surg. 2012 Apr; 203(4):480-7. View in PubMed
  10. Chuang KI, Leung B, Hsu N, Harris HW. Heparin protects against septic mortality via apoE-antagonism. Am J Surg. 2011 Sep; 202(3):325-35. View in PubMed
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