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