BURTON H. HARRIS, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P.
BURTON H. HARRIS, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P..
In 2007 Dr. Harris retired as founding surgeon-in-chief, chairman of the divisions of pediatric surgery, and professor of surgery and pediatrics at the Children's Hospital and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where he is now Distinguished Professor, emeritus, and Surgeon-in-Chief, emeritus. He had previously been on the senior faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Tufts University as the Orvar Swenson Professor of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of the Boston Floating Hospital for Children. Since retirement Dr. Harris has served as invited visiting professor of pediatric surgery at the children's hospitals of the Dartmouth Medical Center and the Albany Medical College.
Dr. Harris' medical career included surgery, teaching, research, program development, and administration. He performed more than 27,000 operations in 45 years as a children's surgeon. He also was the recipient of $15,000,000 in research grants, and lectured and published extensively on a variety of subjects in children's surgery. He is the author of seven books and over 300 peer-reviewed research papers, most on surgery of the fetus and newborn, correction of birth defects, childhood cancer, treatment of accidental injury in children, aeromedical transport, and lately on newer methods of treating appendicitis. He was active in the research laboratory studying the molecular biology of injury. He was the first to use helicopters to transport sick and injured patients to civilian hospitals (1971), was the founder and first director of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston (1981), and the founding surgeon-in-chief of the Children's Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York (2001). He started a fellowship training program for pediatric surgeons in Boston (1985) and is very proud of the 15 pediatric surgeons now in active practice who were his students.
Dr. Harris continues as associate editor of The Journal of Pediatric Surgery. He was founder and chairman of the five National Conferences on Pediatric Trauma. He has been awarded the Orvar Swenson Medal in Pediatric Surgery and the Lear Medal for Lifetime Contributions to Surgery. He has been an invited visiting professor at 17 universities worldwide, and has been cited as a Best Doctorin Boston, New York and America, and listed in consecutive editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. Dr. Harris has been elected by his peers to serve as president of regional, national and international medical societies.
Dr. Harris is a dual-rated military aviator and flight surgeon and a decorated, retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army. He holds a masters-level certificate in golf course architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was the First Vice Chairman of the PGA Tour Players' Championship and is a USGA rules official. He coached the Lebanon (NH) High School golf team to it's first and second state championships, and currently is the coach of the West Henderson High School golf teams and the West Region Director of North Carolina high school women's golf. He was voted the North Carolina Coach of the Year in 2014, and the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Women's Golf Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Dr. Harris and his wife Kathy, a former pediatric surgery ICU nurse, moved to Hendersonville in 2008. They have four adult children, each with families of their own. When not practicing the cello or piano, playing with a dog, or talking on the phone or texting with one of six grandchildren (four in college and two in high school), they're on the golf course, in the garden, or doing something out-of-doors.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" --Gandhi