Education & Training
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
American Board of Surgery
American College of Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
American College of Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society, North Carolina Medical Society
Mission & Approach
“As someone who has always been intrigued by human anatomy and physiology, medicine invariably seemed like an ideal fit for me. Throughout medical school, I was exposed to a variety of specialties and admit that I tried hard to find one that I liked more than General Surgery. Surely, I thought, there was an easier path; one that might be shorter, less mentally and physically demanding, and require less personal sacrifices. In the end, I picked General Surgery because it so matched my interests and skills. Today I can say that, truly, there is no job that I would rather do.
After my medical training, I was privileged to serve in the US Army as a surgeon caring for our soldiers and their families. I also spent time in academics researching and advancing the art of surgery. I am particularly proud to have been at the forefront of developing techniques in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Now in private practice I continue to practice those techniques and specialize in benign and malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. As well, a portion of my practice is dedicated to weight loss surgery – an extremely rewarding surgery that can have such a positive impact on a person’s life. I get great satisfaction from fixing a problem, especially when it is for the betterment of another person.
As a goal-oriented person and surgeon, I will always carefully investigate a patient’s issue to determine exactly what the problem is and then determine whether surgery is the best course of action. If so, I formulate a plan to proceed in the safest and most effective manner. Whatever the situation, I always strive to carefully explain everything to my patients in an understandable manner and to treat them exactly how I would like to be treated; with compassion, patience, professionalism and excellence.
Medicine aside, perhaps my proudest accomplishment in life is having raised two sons as a single father. I was fortunate to have grown up in a large family in the upper peninsula of Michigan and can say that I value the family unit more than anything else.”
"An excellent surgeon"
“Dr. Harris is an excellent surgeon…performed my two previous surgeries. Would recommend him to anybody.”
"A rock star!"
“Dr. Harris is a rock star and Madeline was awesome.”