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Michael R. Harrison, M.D.

Director Emeritus, Fetal Treatment Center
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

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  • 1961-65, Yale University, B.A.
  • 1965-69, Harvard Medical School, M.D., Medicine
  • 1969-71, Massachusetts General Hospital, Resident, Surgery
  • 1973-74, Massachusetts General Hospital, Senior Resident, Surgery
  • 1974-75, Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief Resident, Surgery
  • 1971-73, Laboratory of Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Fellow, Allergy & Immunology (Peds)
  • 1975-76, Rikshospitalet, Fellow, Pediatric Surgery
  • 1976-78, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Fellow, Pediatric Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, 1978, renewed 1988
  • American Board of Surgery, Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, 1979, renewed 1989
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, 1991
  • Fetal Treatment Center
  • Birth Defects
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
  • Fetal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Developmental Biology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells
  • Pectus Excavatum Repair
  • World Health
  • Birth Defects
  • Minimally Invastive Surgery

Dr. Michael Harrison is Professor Emeritus of Surgery and Pediatrics and the Director Emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He is board certified in Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Critical Care.

Dr. Harrison and his surgery associates confine their surgical practice exclusively to children with special interest in fetal surgery, in repair of complex birth defects involving the chest, lung, abdomen, bowel, and bladder, and surgical care of children from birth through adolescence. Dr. Harrison and his associates, The Bay Area Pediatric Surgeons, do consultations and provide surgical care at Moffitt/Long Hospitals UCSF, California Pacific Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco.

Dr. Harrison has a special interest in fetal surgery which he has pioneered with his colleagues at UCSF. For the past 18 years Dr. Harrison has studied the pathophysiology and natural history of a number of life-threatening fetal abnormalities including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation of the lung, sacrococcygeal teratoma, fetal obstructive uropathy, and myelomeningocele. He has developed techniques for both in-utero open fetal surgery and endoscopic surgical repair (FETENDO Fetal Surgery)of many fetal abnormalities. In addition, Dr. Harrison's team has developed in-utero stem cell transplantation to treat immunodeficiencies, enzyme deficiencies, and hemoglobinopathies. Dr. Harrison leads the multidisciplinary UCSF Fetal Treatment Center Team that has developed an international reputation for treating complex birth defects before and after birth. (Referrals can be made to 1-800-RX-FETUS.)

Dr. Harrison, his wife Gretchen, and four children have lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years.

Most recent publications from a total of 135
  1. Gopalakrishna A, Chang A, Longo TA, Fantony JJ, Harrison MR, Wischmeyer PE, Inman BA. Dietary patterns and health-related quality of life in bladder cancer survivors. Urol Oncol. 2018 Aug 17. View in PubMed
  2. Ramalingam S, George DJ, Harrison MR. How we treat brain metastases in metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2018 Feb; 16(2):110-114. View in PubMed
  3. Brousell SC, Fantony JJ, Van Noord MG, Harrison MR, Inman BA. Vinflunine for the treatment of advanced or metastatic transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelial tract: an evidence-based review of safety, efficacy, and place in therapy. Core Evid. 2018; 13:1-12. View in PubMed
  4. Ashok M, Hung D, Rojas-Smith L, Halpern MT, Harrison M. Framework for Research on Implementation of Process Redesigns. Qual Manag Health Care. 2018 Jan/Mar; 27(1):17-23. View in PubMed
  5. Humeniuk MS, Gupta RT, Healy P, McNamara M, Ramalingam S, Harrison M, George D, Zhang T, Wu Y, Armstrong AJ. Platinum sensitivity in metastatic prostate cancer: does histology matter? Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2018 Apr; 21(1):92-99. View in PubMed
  6. Toselli L, Martinez-Ferro M, Cervio G, Kwiat D, Imamura-Ching J, Graves CE, Gaston B, Harrison M. Magnetic Compression Anastomosis (Magnamosis) for Functional Undiversion of Ileostomy in Pediatric Patients. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2017 Dec; 27(12):1314-1317. View in PubMed
  7. Frisoli TM, Nowak R, Evans KL, Harrison M, Alani M, Varghese S, Rahman M, Noll S, Flannery KR, Michaels A, Tabaku M, Jacobsen G, McCord J. Henry Ford HEART Score Randomized Trial: Rapid Discharge of Patients Evaluated for Possible Myocardial Infarction. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017 Oct; 10(10). View in PubMed
  8. Graves CE, Harrison MR, Padilla BE. Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery. Clin Perinatol. 2017 Dec; 44(4):729-751. View in PubMed
  9. Graves CE, Co C, Hsi RS, Kwiat D, Imamura-Ching J, Harrison MR, Stoller ML. Magnetic Compression Anastomosis (Magnamosis): First-In-Human Trial. J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Nov; 225(5):676-681.e1. View in PubMed
  10. Motzer RJ, Jonasch E, Agarwal N, Bhayani S, Bro WP, Chang SS, Choueiri TK, Costello BA, Derweesh IH, Fishman M, Gallagher TH, Gore JL, Hancock SL, Harrison MR, Kim W, Kyriakopoulos C, LaGrange C, Lam ET, Lau C, Michaelson MD, Olencki T, Pierorazio PM, Plimack ER, Redman BG, Shuch B, Somer B, Sonpavde G, Sosman J, Dwyer M, Kumar R. Kidney Cancer, Version 2.2017, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jun; 15(6):804-834. View in PubMed
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