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

Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery
J. Engelbert Dunphy Endowed Chair in Surgery
Director, Center for Hernia Repair & Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Director, Infection, Injury & Immunity Lab
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, 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.

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Most recent publications from a total of 82
  1. Lebares CC, Hershberger AO, Guvva EV, Desai A, Mitchell J, Shen W, Reilly LM, Delucchi KL, O'Sullivan PS, Ascher NL, Harris HW. Feasibility of Formal Mindfulness-Based Stress-Resilience Training Among Surgery Interns: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 2018 Aug 29; e182734. View in PubMed
  2. Ross JT, Matthay MA, Harris HW. Secondary peritonitis: principles of diagnosis and intervention. BMJ. 2018 Jun 18; 361:k1407. View in PubMed
  3. Harris HW, Hope WH, Adrales G, Andersen DK, Deerenberg EB, Diener H, Dumanian G, East B, Fischer JP, Ureña MAG, Gibeily GJ, Hansson BM, Hernández-Granados P, Hiles MC, Jeekel J, Levinson H, Lopez-Cano M, Muysoms F, Pereira JA, Prudhomme M, Ramaswamy A, Stabilini C, Torkington J, Valverde S, Young DM. Contemporary concepts in hernia prevention: Selected proceedings from the 2017 International Symposium on Prevention of Incisional Hernias. Surgery. 2018 Apr 25. View in PubMed
  4. Primus FE, Young DM, Grenert JP, Harris HW. Silver microparticles plus fibrin tissue sealant prevents incisional hernias in rats. J Surg Res. 2018 Jul; 227:130-136. View in PubMed
  5. Lebares CC, Guvva EV, Ascher NL, O'Sullivan PS, Harris HW, Epel ES. Burnout and Stress Among US Surgery Residents: Psychological Distress and Resilience. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 Jan; 226(1):80-90. View in PubMed
  6. Urisman T, Garcia A, Harris HW. Impact of surgical intensive care unit interdisciplinary rounds on interprofessional collaboration and quality of care: Mixed qualitative-quantitative study. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2018 Feb; 44:18-23. View in PubMed
  7. Liao A, Harris HW, Maharbiz MM. Integrating coupled magnetoelastic sensors onto a flexible hernia mesh for high dynamic range strain measurements. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2017 07; 2017:1736-1739. View in PubMed
  8. Kim SS, Nakakura EK, Wang ZJ, Kim GE, Corvera CU, Harris HW, Kirkwood KS, Hirose R, Tempero MA, Ko AH. Preoperative FOLFIRINOX for borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: Is radiation necessary in the modern era of chemotherapy? J Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct; 114(5):587-596. View in PubMed
  9. 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 the Postoperative Surgical-Site Infection Rate. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jan; 137(1):285-94. View in PubMed
  10. Liao A, Harris HW, Maharbiz MM. Towards a full-field strain sensor for guiding hernia repairs. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2015 08; 2015:1243-6. View in PubMed
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