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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 442
  1. Armstrong AJ, Humeniuk MS, Healy P, Szmulewitz R, Winters C, Kephart J, Harrison MR, Martinez E, Mundy K, Halabi S, George D. Phase Ib Trial of Cabazitaxel and Tasquinimod in Men With Heavily Pretreated Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC): The CATCH Trial. Prostate. 2016 Nov 16. View in PubMed
  2. Ramalingam S, Eisenberg A, Foo WC, Freedman J, Armstrong AJ, Moss LG, Harrison MR. Treatment-related neuroendocrine prostate cancer resulting in Cushing's syndrome. Int J Urol. 2016 Oct 21. View in PubMed
  3. Gopalakrishna A, Longo TA, Fantony JJ, Doshi U, Harrison MR, Van Noord M, Inman BA. High rates of venous thromboembolic events in patients undergoing systemic therapy for urothelial carcinoma: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Urol Oncol. 2016 Sep; 34(9):407-14. View in PubMed
  4. Glass OK, Ramalingam S, Harrison MR. Resistance exercise training in patients with genitourinary cancers to mitigate treatment-related skeletal muscle loss. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2016 Jun; 14(6):436-46. View in PubMed
  5. Choueiri TK, Fishman MN, Escudier B, McDermott DF, Drake CG, Kluger H, Stadler WM, Perez-Gracia JL, McNeel DG, Curti B, Harrison MR, Plimack ER, Appleman L, Fong L, Albiges L, Cohen L, Young TC, Chasalow SD, Ross-Macdonald P, Srivastava S, Jure-Kunkel M, Kurland JF, Simon JS, Sznol M. Immunomodulatory Activity of Nivolumab in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 May 11. View in PubMed
  6. Rubin N, Harrison MR, Krainock M, Kim R, Lien CL. Recent advancements in understanding endogenous heart regeneration-insights from adult zebrafish and neonatal mice. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2016 Oct; 58:34-40. View in PubMed
  7. Harrison MR, Ramalingam S. Novel Androgen Receptor Signaling Inhibitors for Nonmetastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: The Light at the End of the Tunnel-or an Oncoming Train? Oncology (Williston Park). 2016 Apr 15; 30(4). View in PubMed
  8. Zhang T, Boominathan R, Foulk B, Rao C, Kemeny G, Strickler JH, Abbruzzese JL, Harrison MR, Hsu DS, Healy P, Li J, Pi C, Prendergast KM, Hobbs C, Gemberling S, George DJ, Hurwitz HI, Connelly M, Garcia-Blanco MA, Armstrong AJ. Development of a Novel c-MET-Based CTC Detection Platform. Mol Cancer Res. 2016 Jun; 14(6):539-47. View in PubMed
  9. Harrison B, Stern L, Chung P, Etemadi M, Kwiat D, Roy S, Harrison MR, Martinez-Ferro M. MyPectus: First-in-human pilot study of remote compliance monitoring of teens using dynamic compression bracing to correct pectus carinatum. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Apr; 51(4):608-11. View in PubMed
  10. Ramalingam S, Pollak KI, Zullig LL, Harrison MR. What Should We Tell Patients About Physical Activity After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis? Oncology (Williston Park). 2015 Sep; 29(9):680-5, 687-8, 694. View in PubMed
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