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Hobart W. Harris


Gastrointestinal surgeon

Dr. Hobart W. Harris is an expert in treating surgical infections and diseases of the pancreas and biliary system. He cares for patients with complicated and often life-threatening conditions in the Complex Abdominal Surgery Program. His areas of expertise include pancreas and bile duct cancer, acute and chronic pancreatitis, islet cell transplantation for pancreatitis, gallstone disease, intra-abdominal sepsis and serious infections of the skin and soft tissue.

Harris research focuses on surgical infections, innate immunity and inflammatory diseases of the pancreas.

Harris earned his undergraduate and medical degrees, as well as a master of public health degree, at Harvard University. He completed a residency in surgery at UCSF, followed by a fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital. He joined UCSF in 1994.

Harris is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of numerous surgical and scientific societies, including the American Surgical Association.

  • Education

    Harvard University School of Medicine, 1983

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery, 1993

  • Fellowships

    University of Hong Kong, Heptobiliary Surgery, 1994

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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"There's nothing else that I do that is as rewarding as seeing people return in clinic or seeing them leave the hospital better."

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    103 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 01, 2023
    Dr. Harris was very informative and took time to answer all of my questions. I logged on ten minutes early per instructions expecting to have to wait but was most impressed when Dr. Harris joined the call right away.
    Sep 07, 2023
    This was a very pleasant and reassuring experience and I felt very good about Dr Harris doing my surgery. Dr. Harris and the entire team that helped me were incredibly kind patient professional and supportive- thank you for taking care of me.
    Aug 21, 2023
    Dr Harris is an exceptional doctor. He was very patient and receptive to all my questions. He is an attentive and caring doctor.
    Aug 02, 2023
    He didn't give me an estimate of the recovery time but I assume that will come after he does the surgery and knows what all he had to do.
    Jul 21, 2023
    I really appreciate the way Dr. Harris listened explained and respected what I wanted to be done with my body
    Jul 19, 2023
    Dr. Harris is one of the best doctors I've had. Very clear in his explanation of test results treatment options prognosis.
    Jul 05, 2023
    Feel very confident that Dr. Hobart Harris will be able to help me with my much needed surgery.
    Jun 14, 2023
    Dr Harris is smart straightforward clear in his communication easy to talk to and extremely knowledgeable.
    May 24, 2023
    I really felt like my physician listened to my questions and gave me explanations I could understand.
    Apr 26, 2023
    Very patient listened and answered questions in great detail. He also repeated when I asked very patiently. Magnificent?
    Apr 26, 2023
    Dr. Harris is excellent.
    Apr 12, 2023
    The failure to show up for an hour was my only problem here.
    Mar 22, 2023
    I was very happy with everything during my visit.
    Mar 03, 2023
    Dr Harris was incredible
    Feb 16, 2023
    Dr Harris is extremely courteous explains to you in detail and doesn't rush you in any way
    Feb 03, 2023
    I am very satisfied with my visiting
    Feb 01, 2023
    It was excellent in every way.
    Dec 27, 2022
    I am switching to Dr. Harris for my upcoming surgery.
    Dec 16, 2022
    Extremely happy with Dr. Hobart Harris's care; he is extremely personal and caring.
    Dec 16, 2022
    UCSF if the best in the West!
    Dec 14, 2022
    Dr. Harris is one of a kind. His experience skills and compassion are one of a kind. As the chief of general surgery he shows he shows he always goes above and beyond in handling patience's and the care.
    Nov 23, 2022
    Dr. Harris is extremely professional in his care with a very calming and confident demeanor. We felt that we had his complete attention and that he genuinely cared about my condition.
    Nov 23, 2022
    I cannot say enough good things about Dr Harris! I have worked 30 years in health care and have held health care power of attorney for many friends and family. In all I've interacted with over 100 doctors. He is in the top 2 (one other doc is also fantastic). He is knowledgeable an expert AND listens to his patients and adapts the card according guy. How refreshing and I know I'm in great hands for the surgery
    Nov 09, 2022
    So glad I can receive medical care from your medical center
    Nov 09, 2022
    I appreciate the doctor's professionalism and expertise. I was able to voice my concerns and get all of my questions answered.
    Oct 12, 2022
    I'm grateful to my provider he's the best
    Aug 10, 2022
    Thanks Dr Harris!
    Apr 27, 2022
    Dr. Harris listened to me and answered all of my questions. I appreciate his kindness. I had a good experience. Great doctor!
    Mar 09, 2022
    Best in USA I've seen them all for gastroenterology latterly.
    Feb 23, 2022
    Dr. Harris was well informed about my medical history and provided me with pertinent and direct advice to address my concerns in an extremely helpful manner.
    Decorative Caduceus

    Prophylactic Reinforcement of Ventral Abdominal Incisions Trial

    The primary endpoint of the trial is the occurrence of incisional hernia in each treatment group (Phasix™ Mesh or Control Group)