Dr. Harris received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1984, studying Russian literature. He went on to earn his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1988. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai and then was managing partner of a large private surgical practice for over 10 years.
Dr. Harris has been very active in support of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is currently the President of the Hospital Medical Board and its Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Governors of Faculty Practice Associates, the 840-physician multispecialty group of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As the elected president of the Association of Attending Staff, comprised of over 2,000 active clinicians at Mount Sinai, Dr. Harris served as a strong advocate for patients and their physicians.
In 2007, Dr. Harris was awarded with the Mount Sinai Department of Nursing’s highest honor for physicians, the Physician of the Year Special Recognition Award, given for outstanding collaboration with Mount Sinai nurses.â€¨Dr. Harris was recently made a vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai, responsible for the management of Surgical Associates, a 45-surgeon faculty practice. He was recruited to this position and charged with helping create the premier patient-centered multispecialty surgical group in the nation. His own practice has consistently scored in the 99th percentile nationally in patient satisfaction surveys.
In 2009, Dr. Harris was awarded the National Leadership in Medicine Award by the Studer Group® and a Gold Doc Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for humanism in medicine.