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N. Harris, MD
N. Harris, MD
Director, MGH Wilderness Medicine Fellowship
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
- MD, Medical College of Virginia
- Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Harris' research focuses on investigating the pathogenesis and treatment of high altitude illness and on the interactions of human and global health. In concert with leading international high altitude physiologists and physicians, he has created the International High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) Registry. This Registry has been adopted as the global standard. He has been named Registry Master, Chair of the Registry Steering Committee, and Executive Committee Member for the International Society for Mountain Medicine. The Registry is a fundamental tool in expanding the range of genetic, epidemiologic, and pharmacologic high altitude studies in the future.
Additionally, Dr. Harris' research team has been fortunate enough to work closely with the U.S. Army's Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (Natick, MA and Pikes Peak Summit Lab) over the last decade. Research with multiple different departments at MGH and at BWH are ongoing. In collaboration with the Woods Hole Research Institute, his division is pursuing research in far eastern Siberia examining the interaction between human and environmental health.
Dr. Harris' work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, MGH, and Harvard Medical School.
In collaboration with others, Dr. Harris continues to actively research pathogenic changes in acute mountain sickness and HAPE. They are getting ever closer to describing the long-suspected, but as of yet, undocumented, basic pathophysiologic finding in a universal life threat: hypoxia.
- Harris NS, Wenzel RP, Thomas SH. High Altitude Headache: Efficacy of Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen in a Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2003;24(4):383-387.
- Harris, N. Stuart. Case 24-2006: A 40-year-Old Woman with Hypotension after an Overdose of Amlodipine. Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. New England Journal of Medicine. 2006;355(6):302-11.
- Peter J. Fagenholz, MD; Jonathan A. Gutman, MD; Alice F. Murray, MBChB; Vicki E. Noble, MD; Stephen H. Thomas, MD, MPH; N. Stuart Harris, MD, MFA. Chest Ultrasonography for the Diagnosis and Monitoring of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema. Chest. 2007;131(4):1013-1018.
- Peter J. Fagenholz; Jonathan A. Gutman; Alice F. Murray; Vicki E. Noble; Carlos A. Camargo Jr.; and N. Stuart Harris. Optic nerve sheath diameter correlates with the presence and severity of acute mountain sickness: evidence for increased intracranial pressure. J Appl Physiol. 2009 Apr 1;Sect. Epub 2008 Dec 3.