Thomas W. Harris M.D.

  • Dr. Thomas Harris
  • Thomas Harris M.D.

  • Specialty

    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Sports Medicine
    • Board Certified

  • Short Bio

    Dr. Thomas W. Harris is an Orthopedic Surgeon, and his expertise and experience lies in the treatment of orthopedic injuries. He specializes in Sports Medicine, Reconstructive and Arthroscopic Surgery, including both upper and lower extremities.


Dr. Thomas W. Harris is a well-established San Diego Surgeon, serving San Diego, California since 1980. He has served as a team physician for the United States Alpine Ski Team, Texas Rangers Baseball team, San Diego City College, and Southwestern Community College and as Orthopedic consultant. 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 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.

Dr. Harris is the first surgeon in San Diego to offer arthroscopic microdiscectomy. He has spent a great amount of time working with collegiate and professional athletes, as an orthopedic consultant and team physician. Dr. Harris’ work has been published in several local and national publications. 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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Education

  • University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston – 1971


  • University of Texas Medical School, General Surgery, Straight Surgery, 1971-1973


  • Adult Orthopedics, Naval Hospital, 1973-1974
  • Adult Orthopedics, University of Texas Medical Branch, John Sealy Hospital, 1976-1978
  • Hand Surgery Service, University of Texas Medical Branch, Children’s Hospital, 1978-1979


  • Sports Medicine Training, Southern California Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Group, 1979

Professional Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • San Diego County Medical Society