Before joining the San Diego Spine Center, Dr. Thomas Harris held positions as the director of two sports medicine clinics specializing in reconstructive and arthroscopic surgery: the Athletic Orthopedic Institute (AOI) and the Shoulder, Knee Institute (SKI).
A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, Dr. Harris completed his surgical internship at the University of Texas and served as a medical officer and orthopedic resident in the U.S. Navy.
For three years, Dr. Harris was the Chief of Orthopedics and Chief of Surgery at Harbor View Medical Center and remains an active staff member of COAST Surgery Center, Scripps Chula Vista, UCSD Medical Center and Mercy Hospital. He is the first surgeon in San Diego County to offer arthroscopic microdiscectomy, an outpatient surgical procedure for disc repair and removal.
In addition to his hospital work, Dr. Harris has devoted a great amount of time to working with collegiate and professional-level athletes, serving as an orthopedic consultant for the Texas Rangers Baseball Team and team physician for the United States Ski Team and Southwestern College.
Dr. Harris’ work has been published in several local and national publications, and he is the author of four books, including The Sports Medicine Guide for the Everyday Athlete, Power Baseball, Play Ball and The Skier’s Sports Medicine Guide.
– 1967-1971- University of Texas, M.D. Degree
– Fellowship: 1979- Sports Medicine Training, Southern California Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Group
– Internship: 1971-1973- General Surgery, Straight Surgery, University of Texas Medical School
– Residency: 1973-1974- Adult Orthopaedics, Naval Hospital
– 1976-1978- Adult Orthopaedics, University of Texas Medical Branch, John Sealy Hospital
– 1978-1979- Hand Surgery Service, University of Texas Medical Branch, Children?s Hospital
– MU DELTA Honorary Service Fraternity, 1968-1971
– SEA Fraternity
– AED Premedical Honor Society
– Articles: Various local and national publications, Mens Fitness Magazine
– Books: The Sports Medicine Guide for the Everyday Athlete, Power Baseball, Play Ball, Skiers Sports Medicine Guide
– 1990- World Cup Women’s Downhill and Super G, US Ski Team, Team Physician, Meribel, France
– United States Ski Team – Team Physician
– 1980- San Diego Padres Professional Baseball Team, Associate Team Physician
– 1988- World Cup Championship, US Ski Team, Team Physician, Canada
– 1991- World Cup Women’s Downhill, US Ski Team, Team Physician, Shizukuishi, Japan
– 1990-1994- America’s Opening World Cup, US Ski Team, Team Physician
– 1992- World Cup Championship, US Ski Team, Team Physician, Crans Montana, Switzerland
– 1984-1990- University of California, San Diego, Student Health Services, Sports Medicine Clinic Director
– 1983-1989 – Grossmont Community College, Orthopaedic Consultant, Health Improvement & Athletic Program
– 1986- World Cup Slalom and Giant Slalom Men’s US Ski Team, Team Physician, Yugoslavia