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Hobart W. Harris, M.D., MPH

Professor and Chief, Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Division of General Surgery
J. Engelbert Dunphy Endowed Chair in Surgery
Director, Center for Hernia Repair & Abdominal Wall
Reconstruction
Program Director, NIH T32 Training Program in Gastrointestinal Surgery

Contact Information

Academic Office
513 Parnassus Ave, Suite S-549
San Francisco, CA 94143-0104
(415) 514-3891 Phone
(415) 476-8694 Fax
hobart.harris@ucsf.edu
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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 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.

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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1196-1558
  • Research Training in Gastrointestinal Surgery
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  • Complex Ventral Hernia Repair
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  • Lipoproteins and Microbial Immunity
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  • Lipoproteins Modulate the Hepatic Response to Endotoxin
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    May 1999
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  • General Clinical Research Center
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    Oct 1974
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  • CHYLOMICRON REMNANTS &ATHEROSCLEROSIS
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MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 97
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  1. Lowe MM, Naik HB, Clancy S, Pauli M, Smith KM, Bi Y, Dunstan R, Gudjonsson J, Paul M, Harris HW, Kim EA, Shin US, Ahn R, Liao W, Hansen SL, Rosenblum M. Immunopathogenesis of hidradenitis suppurativa and response to anti-TNFa therapy. JCI Insight. 2020 Aug 25. View in PubMed
  2. Lebares CC, Coaston TN, Delucchi KL, Guvva EV, Shen WT, Staffaroni AM, Kramer JH, Epel ES, Hecht FM, Ascher NL, Harris HW, Cole SW. Enhanced Stress Resilience Training in Surgeons: Iterative Adaptation and Biopsychosocial Effects in 2 Small Randomized Trials. Ann Surg. 2020 Jul 08. View in PubMed
  3. Lowe MM, Boothby I, Clancy S, Ahn RS, Liao W, Nguyen DN, Schumann K, Marson A, Mahuron KM, Kingsbury GA, Liu Z, Munoz Sandoval P, Rodriguez RS, Pauli ML, Taravati K, Arron ST, Neuhaus IM, Harris HW, Kim EA, Shin US, Krummel MF, Daud A, Scharschmidt TC, Rosenblum MD. Regulatory T cells use arginase 2 to enhance their metabolic fitness in tissues. JCI Insight. 2019 12 19; 4(24). View in PubMed
  4. Lebares CC, Guvva EV, Desai A, Herschberger A, Ascher NL, Harris HW, O'Sullivan P. Key factors for implementing mindfulness-based burnout interventions in surgery. Am J Surg. 2020 02; 219(2):328-334. View in PubMed
  5. Lopez-Cano M, Harris HW, Fisher JP, Pereira JA, Garcia-Alamino JM, Hope WW. Practice Patterns and Attitudes of Surgeons on the Use of Prophylactic Mesh to Prevent Parastola Hernia: A Cross-sectional Survey. Wound Manag Prev. 2019 09; 65(9):14-23. View in PubMed
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