Professor Ian Harris
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Ian Harris is a clinician and researcher based in Sydney. His is an orthopaedic surgeon with a clinical interest in trauma care where his practice is based at Liverpool Hospital, a trauma centre in southwest Sydney. He is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the South Western Sydney Clinical School of UNSW Sydney, based in the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research in Liverpool, and Honorary Professor at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney. His research interests are in surgical outcomes and the appropriateness of medical care. He conducts randomized trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies and methods studies and has published widely and received over $20 million in grant funding since 2012. He is a critic of many aspects of modern medical practice and is a campaigner for more science in medicine and in society. He published the book Surgery, the Ultimate Placebo in 2016 and received a Rockefeller Foundation Academic Writing Residency in 2018 to complete another book, this time focusing on the negative aspects of our reliance on medicine in society.