The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

Research Scholar: Mitchel B. Harris, MD

Stepping Strong Distinguished Chair, Orthopedic Surgery
Chief, Orthopedic Trauma, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

In addition to running the Stepping Strong Research Scholar lab that explores the use of stem cells to advance bone regeneration, Harris is a member of the Stepping Strong Innovator Awards Council. He was recently honored as the inaugural incumbent of the Stepping Strong Distinguished Chair in Orthopedic Surgery and director the new Stepping Strong Trauma Center. Harris’ overarching goal for the center is to bring together individual scientists and clinicians with a common interest in trauma to help streamline research. In this way he hopes to encourage deep collaborations and deliver the best possible outcomes for trauma patients.

Harris is chief of orthopedic trauma at BWH and the incumbent Stepping Strong Distinguished Chair of Orthopedic Trauma. The recipient of the 2015 Hippocrates Society Humanitarian Award, Harris is responsible for organizing the clinical and administrative structure of the orthopedic trauma service at BWH as well as coordinating orthopedic trauma services with Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center under the umbrella of Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Services.

A professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, Harris completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago and his orthopedic residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He received teacher of the year awards at Louisiana State University (2000), Wake Forest (2003), and Harvard’s Combined Orthopedic Residency Program (2004). Harris is the founding co-director of the BWH–Harvard Business School’s Mid-Career Physician Leadership Program. He has been on the leadership committee of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has been directly involved with the development of a leadership program for the North American Spine Society.

Mitchel B. Harris, MD, named incumbent, Stepping Strong Distinguished Chair in Orthopedic Surgery