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Michael R. Harrison, M.D.

Fetal and pediatric surgeon

Dr. Michael Harrison is director emeritus and co-founder of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He is an internationally known expert in fetal surgery, an area he helped pioneer with his colleagues at UCSF. For more than 25 years, he has studied how life-threatening fetal abnormalities alter normal physical processes. He developed techniques for both open surgery and minimally invasive surgery to repair many birth defects. Harrison's team also developed in utero stem cell transplantation to treat immune system deficiencies, enzyme deficiencies and abnormal hemoglobin in the blood.

Harrison graduated cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He is a professor emeritus of surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences.


Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Harvard University School of Medicine 1969


Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery 1975


Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Pediatric Surgery 1978

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Harrison MR, Emamaullee JE, Besner GE. Profiles in surgical research: Michael R. Harrison, MD, FACS. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2015 Jan; 100(1):35-40.
  2. Li R, Beebe T, Jen N, Yu F, Takabe W, Harrison M, Cao H, Lee J, Yang H, Han P, Wang K, Shimizu H, Chen J, Lien CL, Chi NC, Hsiai TK. Shear stress-activated wnt-angiopoietin-2 signaling recapitulates vascular repair in zebrafish embryos. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Oct; 34(10):2268-75.
  3. Hirsch BR, Harrison MR, George DJ, Walker MS, Chen C, Korytowsky B, Stepanski E, Abernethy AP. Use of "Real-World" data to describe adverse events during the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma in routine clinical practice. Med Oncol. 2014 Sep; 31(9):156.
  4. Miniaturizing RFID for magnamosis. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014 Aug; 2014:638-41.
  5. Hirsch BR, George DJ, Harrison MR. Treatment selection in metastatic renal cell carcinoma: more confusion or a path forward? Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2014 Mar; 12(3):163-71.
  6. Harrison MR, Jones LW. Exercise as treatment for androgen deprivation therapy-associated physical dysfunction: ready for prime time? Eur Urol. 2014 May; 65(5):873-4.
  7. Harrison MR, Hirsch BR, George DJ, Walker MS, Chen C, Korytowsky B, Stepanski E, Abernethy AP. Real-world outcomes in metastatic renal cell carcinoma: insights from a joint community-academic registry. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Mar 1; 10(2):e63-72.
  8. Jiang H, Zhang J, Lan D. A low-frequency versatile wireless power transfer technology for biomedical implants. IEEE Trans Biomed Circuits Syst. 2013 Aug; 7(4):526-35.
  9. Harrison MR, George DJ, Walker MS, Chen C, Korytowsky B, Kirkendall DT, Stepanski EJ, Abernethy AP. "Real world" treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma in a joint community-academic cohort: progression-free survival over three lines of therapy. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2013 Dec; 11(4):441-50.
  10. Plantmason LR, Xu G, Harrison MR, Maa J. Novel use of a magnet to help remove metallic foreign bodies from the gastrointestinal tract. Am Surg. 2012 Nov; 78(11):E472-3.
  11. Gonzales KD, Douglas G, Pichakron KO, Kwiat DA, Gallardo SG, Encinas JL, Hirose S, Harrison MR. Magnamosis III: delivery of a magnetic compression anastomosis device using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jun; 47(6):1291-5.
  12. Saadai P, Jelin EB, Nijagal A, Schecter SC, Hirose S, MacKenzie TC, Rand L, Goldstein R, Farrell J, Harrison M, Lee H. Long-term outcomes after fetal therapy for congenital high airway obstructive syndrome. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jun; 47(6):1095-100.
  13. Shue EH, Harrison M, Hirose S. Maternal-fetal surgery: history and general considerations. Clin Perinatol. 2012 Jun; 39(2):269-78.
  14. Harrison MR, Gonzales KD, Bratton BJ, Christensen D, Curran PF, Fechter R, Hirose S. Magnetic mini-mover procedure for pectus excavatum III: safety and efficacy in a Food and Drug Administration-sponsored clinical trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jan; 47(1):154-9.
  15. Jiang H, Lan D, Lin D, Zhang J, Liou S, Shahnasser H, Shen M, Harrison M, Roy S. A feed-forward controlled AC-DC boost converter for biomedical implants. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012; 2012:1675-8.
  16. Leroy J, Perretta S, Diana M, Wall J, Lindner V, Harrison M, Marescaux J. An original endoluminal magnetic anastomotic device allowing pure NOTES transgastric and transrectal sigmoidectomy in a porcine model: proof of concept. Surg Innov. 2012 Jun; 19(2):109-16.
  17. Rosenbluth KH, Kwiat DA, Harrison MR, Kezirian EJ. Hyoid bone advancement for improving airway patency: cadaver study of a magnet-based system. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Mar; 146(3):491-6.
  18. Diana M, Wall J, Perretta S, Dallemagne B, Gonzales KD, Harrison MR, Agnus V, Soler L, Nicolau S, Marescaux J. Totally endoscopic magnetic enteral bypass by external guided rendez-vous technique. Surg Innov. 2011 Dec; 18(4):317-20.
  19. Perretta S, Wall JK, Dallemagne B, Harrison M, Becmeur F, Marescaux J. Video: two novel endoscopic esophageal lengthening and reconstruction techniques. Surg Endosc. 2011 Oct; 25(10):3440.
  20. Harrison MR. Tracheal occlusion works. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2011; 29(1):78-9.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.