Dr. Harris is a neuro-otologic surgeon who deals with disorders of the ear, hearing and balance, and tumors that affect the skull base.
Dr. Harris has an active clinical practice and leads a large research team committed to discovering the causes of deafness and other disorders such as acoustic neuromas, skull base surgery, Ménière’s disease and autoimmune inner ear disease. He has served on several scientific review boards, including the NIH, the Deafness Research Foundation, the American Otologic Society, the House Ear Instititute, the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. Recently, he co-chaired the Expert Panel on Hearing and Hearing Impairment for the National Institutes of Health, which identified the priorities for federal funding of hearing research over the next decade.
Recently, Dr. Harris was awarded a $4 million multi-institutional clinical trial to evaluate immunosuppressive drugs in the treatment of autoimmune disease, including autoimmune deafness. He is a past president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the largest international organization devoted to research in otolaryngology, and the past president of the San Diego Academy of Otolaryngology. He has also served as chief of staff of the UC San Diego Medical Center and chief of staff of the UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, as well as an elected member of the Board of Governors for the UC San Diego Medical Group.
Dr. Harris has been named an outstanding otolaryngologist in Town & Country magazine and American Health Magazine, and was included in "Best Doctors in America" by Woodward and White and "The Guide to Top Doctors." UC San Diego's Division of Otolaryngology has been listed as one of the best otolaryngology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2015 he received the American Otological Society Award of Merit.
Dr. Harris has been a visiting professor at many prestigious universities and institutions, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Washington, the Mayo Clinic, Stanford, the Cleveland Clinic, and many European universities. He has been an invited guest speaker at the Academies of Otolaryngology in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway, China, Spain, Brazil, Korea, and Thailand. He is on the editorial board of many scientific journals, and has published four books and over 200 scientific articles. Dr. Harris has also been appointed editor in chief of the Journal of Audiology and Neurotology.