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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.

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  • UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium
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    Aug 2023
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  • UCSF PEDIATRIC DEVICE CONSORTIUM
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    Sep 2009
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    Aug 2019
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  • Pain Control in the Nuss Procedure: A Prospective, Randomized Trial of Cryoanalgesia vs. Thoracic Epidural
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  • Magnetic Duodeno-Ileal Bypass for Metabolic Syndrome in Rhesus Monkeys
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    May 2018
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  • Magnetic Mini Mover Device for the Treatment of Pectus Excavatum
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  • Phase III Multicenter Study of Magnetic Mini-Mover for Pectus Excavatum G090006 1
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    Apr 2007
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    Mar 2015
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  • MULTICENTER TRIAL OF FETAL MYELOMENINGOCELE REPAIR
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    Jul 2001
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    Sep 2012
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  • PEDIATRIC CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTER
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    Dec 1981
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    Mar 2007
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  • FETAL WOUND HEALING: ROLE OF THE EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX
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    Dec 1989
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    Feb 1998
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  • INDUCTION OF TOLERANCE IN MARROW TRANSPLANTATION
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    Jul 1995
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  • CLINICAL TRIAL OF FETAL SURGERY FOR DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA
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    Sep 1992
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  • TRANSPLANTATION OF FETAL HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELLS
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    Feb 1988
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    Jun 1994
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MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 493
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  1. Muensterer OJ, Evans LL, Sterlin A, Sahlabadi M, Arbindi V, Lindner A, König T, Harrison MR. Novel Device for Endoluminal Esophageal Atresia Repair: First-in-Human Experience. Pediatrics. 2021 Oct 06. View in PubMed
  2. Sterlin A, Evans L, Mahler S, Lindner A, Dickmann J, Heimann A, Sahlabadi M, Aribindi V, Harrison MR, Muensterer OJ. An experimental study on long term outcomes after magnetic esophageal compression anastomosis in piglets. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Sep 21. View in PubMed
  3. Sanger T, Chang A, Feaster W, Taraman S, Afari N, Beauregard D, Dethlefs B, Ghere T, Kabeer M, Tolomiczenko G, Billig M, Brophy J, Eskandanian K, Espinoza J, Farrugia S, Harrison M, Horvat C, Hoyen C, Koh C, Komiyama A, Nelson K, Kulkarni O, Levy R, Maher K, O'Donnell M, Ponsky T, Richmond F, Richter J, Roy S, Samir S, Suresh S, Stallworth C, Thekkedath U, Toman K, Wall J, West L, Wolff D. Opportunities for Regulatory Changes to Promote Pediatric Device Innovation in the United States: Joint Recommendations From Pediatric Innovator Roundtables. IEEE J Transl Eng Health Med. 2021; 9:4800105. View in PubMed
  4. Evans LL, Harrison MR. Modern fetal surgery-a historical review of the happenings that shaped modern fetal surgery and its practices. Transl Pediatr. 2021 May; 10(5):1401-1417. View in PubMed
  5. Feng X, Travisano S, Pearson CA, Lien CL, Harrison MRM. The Lymphatic System in Zebrafish Heart Development, Regeneration and Disease Modeling. J Cardiovasc Dev Dis. 2021 Feb 19; 8(2). View in PubMed
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