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W Harris: Best Practices in Surgical Conference

Teaching to Teach,
A Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty Workshop. [see Program]
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

May 1 – 2, 2009, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA


Keynote Address: Best Practices in Surgical Conference
William H Harris, MD


Dr William H Harris was Chief of Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Orthopedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He held the Alan Gerry Chair as Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr Harris worked tirelessly in basic and clinical research for his entire career spanning over 50 years. His pioneering contributions to total hip replacements are far reaching and range from the development of surgical techniques to implant systems, as well as the Harris Hip Score, which surgeons routinely use to quantify their total hip replacement results.

The Hip Society granted Dr. Harris an unprecedented eight honorary awards for outstanding contributions to hip surgery, and he has twice won the prestigious Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Harris is the author of more than 500 scientific publications and five textbooks dealing with hip surgery and arthritis.

Over his career, Professor Harris trained and mentored several generations of arthroplasty surgeons from all over the world. Many of his fellows are now in leadership positions in academia. He is considered by his numerous fellows and residents to be the consummate educator and mentor. His legacy will continue for innumerable generations through his mentorship of generations of surgeons and his invaluable contributions to hip arthroplasty and reconstruction.

Residents and Fellows remember the rigor of Dr Harris’ surgical conferences, which have been emulated in other medical institutions. During our Teaching to Teach Workshop, Dr Harris provided a cogent discussion of the essential elements of his surgical conference.


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