The first interviewee in this series is Mi- chael R. Harrison, MD, FACS, a pediat- ric surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Harrison has
received international recognition for his pioneering work in fetal surgery.
Dr. Harrison was raised in Washington State
before traveling east to study at Yale University, New Haven, CT, followed by Harvard
Medical School, Boston, MA. He completed
a general surgery residency at Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston, and a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los
Angeles, CA. Dr. Harrison accepted his first
faculty position at the University of San Francisco in 1978, where he continues to serve on
the faculty as director emeritus of the Fetal
Treatment Center. He performed the first successful fetal surgical procedure in 1981 and
went on to receive numerous accolades and
awards, including the Jacobson Innovation
Award in 2002. He has co-authored more than
400 peer-reviewed publications and mentored
many surgeon-scientists, including Michael T.
Longaker, MD, MBA, FACS, the first recipient
of the Jacobson Promising Investigator Award,
presented in 2005.
Dr. Harrison was interviewed by Juliet Emamaullee, MD, PhD, chief resident in general surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and the
Resident and Associate Society of the ACS representative to the Surgical Research Committee.
Editor’s note: The Bulletin is collaborating with the American College of Surgeons
(ACS) Surgical Research Committee to present a new series titled “Profiles in Surgical
Research.” These interviews will be published quarterly and will highlight prominent surgeon-scientist members of the
ACS, with a focus on past recipients of the
Jacobson Innovation and Jacobson Promising Investigator Awards.
JAN 2015 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
PROFILES IN SURGICAL RESEARCH
Profiles in surgical research:
Michael R. Harrison,
by Juliet E. Emamaullee, MD, PhD,
and Gail E. Besner, MD, FACS