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About Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, PhD
Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized otologist, neurotologist and skull base surgeon who specializes in complex hearing reconstructive surgeries, including stapedectomy for otosclerosis, cochlear implants, mastoidectomy and eardrum reconstruction (tympanoplasty). He also performs intricate surgeries to treat acoustic neuroma and cholesteatomas (ear cysts).
He is a pioneer in advancing surgical treatments for disorders of the ear, hearing and balance and performed the region's first cochlear implant in 1985. He continues to perform and improve on the original technique to offer better treatments for severe hearing loss.
Dr. Harris is also an expert in stapedectomy (microsurgery of the middle ear to improve hearing) and performs a high volume of these surgeries with high success rates and low rates of complications. Because of his experience and excellent patient outcomes, he has a large referral practice in revision stapedectomy (surgery to "correct" a previous surgery with complications).
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."
As division chief of otolaryngology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Harris' research is committed to discovering the causes of deafness and other disorders such as Meniere's disease, otosclerosis and autoimmune inner ear disease. His current research is examining the genetic basis of Meniere's disease.
He is co-founder of Otonomy, a San Diego biopharmaceutical company that is pioneering methods to treat inner ear disorders.
Dr. Harris has served on several scientific review boards, including the National Institutes of Health, the Deafness Research Foundation, the American Otological Society, the House Ear Institute, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. He co-chaired the expert panel on hearing and hearing impairment for the National Institutes of Health to establish priorities for federal funding of hearing research over the next decade.
He is a past president of the American Otological Society, the San Diego Academy of Otolaryngology and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the largest international organization devoted to research in otolaryngology. He has served as chief of staff of the UC San Diego Medical Center and chief of staff of the UC San Diego Thornton Pavilion, as well as an elected member of the Board of Governors for the UC San Diego Medical Group.
In 2015, Dr. Harris received the American Otological Society Award of Merit. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Shambaugh Prize from the international society, Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum, for his remarkable work in the field and related basic research. He has been a visiting professor at many prestigious universities and institutions, including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Mayo Clinic, 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 five text books and over 300 scientific articles. Dr. Harris is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Audiology and Neurotology.
Dr. Harris completed fellowship training in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at University of Zurich. He completed residency training at Harvard Medical School/Mass Eye and Ear and earned his medical and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.
Dr. Harris is board certified in both otolaryngology and neurotology/skull base surgery.
- University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
- University of Zurich
- Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Date Joined Staff
- American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Conditions and Treatments
- Skull Base Surgery
- Facial Paralysis
- Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
- Sudden Hearing Loss
- Hearing Reconstruction (Stapedectomy)
- Complex Ossicular Problems
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Cochlear Implants
- Vestibular Schwannoma
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Skin Growth Behind the Eardrum (Cholesteatoma)
- Meniere's Disease
- When Donna was diagnosed with a rare, non-cancerous brain tumor, called an acoustic neuroma, she decided to take action and become involved in her health. She learned about her condition and searched, far and wide, for a care team that would be a good fit for her. In this video, she discusses her decision to come to UC San Diego Health for treatment and her road to recovery after a successful surgery to remove the tumor. Her story is empowering and gives us all strength to face into whatever comes our way honestly and with grace.