Dr. Harris is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in trauma. Joining Mass General as the chief of the Department of Orthopaedics in 2017, Dr. Harris brings 25 years of experience in academic orthopaedic surgery.



Clinical Interests
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • Residency, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center|Residency, Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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With more than 25 years of experience in academic orthopaedic surgery, Mitchel B. Harris, MD, has been named chief of the Department of Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital, effective October 1, 2017. Previously, Dr. Harris served as the chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In addition to his leadership role in trauma, he spent 14 years serving as an active member of the Orthopaedic Spine Service at BWH and initiated a weekly multidisciplinary spinal oncology meeting.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1984, Dr. Harris completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 1989. He then went to the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Science Center, for his fellowship in Orthopaedic Spine and Trauma in 1990, followed by a fellowship in Orthopaedic Spine and Trauma Surgery at Queen's Medical Centre in the United Kingdom in 1994.

Dr. Harris is a widely respected and beloved teacher. He received the coveted Golden Apple Award, presented to the Harvard Orthopaedic faculty member identified by the residents as the teacher/mentor of the year.  He also has received numerous faculty teaching awards in his previous academic positions. 

Among his many accolades, Dr. Harris received the BWH Hippocrates Society Humanitarian Award and both held the chair position and served as a mentor for the AAOS’s Leadership Fellows Committee. He is the inaugural recipient of the Stepping Strong Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery while serving as the founding director of the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. Dr. Harris chaired a Department of Defense peer-reviewed Orthopaedic research program, and has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed academic publications.

Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Investigative Interests:

  • Outcomes of the Management of Spinal Disorders: Operative and Nonoperative
  • Fracture Management and Outcomes
  • Outcomes of Geriatric Spinal Fracture Management
  • Osteomyelitis-at the Cellular Level
  • Stem Cell Augmentation of Fracture Healing
  1. Leonard DA, Schoenfeld AJ, Harris MB, Bono CM. The prognostic value of preoperative participation in activities of daily living on postoperative outcomes following lumbar discectomy. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2017 Apr; 155:40-44.
  2. Gitajn IL, Heng M, Weaver MJ, Casemyr N, May C, Vrahas MS, Harris MB. Mortality Following Surgical Management of Vancouver B Periprosthetic Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Jan; 31(1):9-14.
  3. Paulino Pereira NR, Langerhuizen DW, Janssen SJ, Hornicek FJ, Ferrone ML, Harris MB, Schwab JH. Are perioperative allogeneic blood transfusions associated with 90-days infection after operative treatment for bone metastases? J Surg Oncol. 2016 Dec; 114(8):997-1003.
  4. Bono CM, Leonard DA, Cha TD, Schwab JH, Wood KB, Harris MB, Schoenfeld AJ. The effect of short (2-weeks) versus long (6-weeks) post-operative restrictions following lumbar discectomy: a prospective randomized control trial. Eur Spine J. 2017 Mar; 26(3):905-912.

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