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Gerald J. Harris, MD

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Since emerging as a distinct subspecialty more than 40 years ago, oculoplastic surgery has combined reconstructive proficiency and ophthalmologic perspective in the management of a wide range of conditions surrounding the eyeball in adults and children, including tumors of the orbit and eyelids; traumatic disruption of the eyelids, tear ducts and orbital bones; inflammatory disorders such as Graves orbitopathy; congenital anomalies such as ptosis; age-related problems such as drooping, “baggy” or malpositioned eyelids and excessive or inadequate tearing; and anophthalmic problems such as orbital implant complications and socket deformities. Because of the conditions treated, oculoplastic surgery sits at the interface of ophthalmology and many other disciplines. Our interdepartmental collaboration within Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin optimizes and integrates patient care and includes multispecialty conferences and tumor boards, interdisciplinary surgeries and reciprocal rotations of fellows and residents.

Since emerging as a distinct subspecialty more than 40 years ago, oculoplastic surgery has combined reconstructive proficiency and ophthalmologic perspective in the management of a wide range of…
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Dr. Gerald J. Harris is professor of ophthalmology and chief of orbital and ophthalmic plastic surgery at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. He was born in Philadelphia, received his medical degree and ophthalmology training at Northwestern University and was a fellow in orbital and oculoplastic surgery at Columbia University. He served as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon in Southeast Asia.

With a primary commitment to the surgical care of his patients, Dr. Harris has made scholarly contributions in the areas of orbital disease, eyelid reconstruction and lacrimal surgery. His publications include more than 150 original articles and book chapters as well as the surgical text Atlas of Oculofacial Reconstruction. He has delivered 117 invited lectures at institutions and societies worldwide and was honored as the Wendell L. Hughes Lecturer by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Harris is editor emeritus of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, having served as editor-in-chief for eight years. He is a member of the Orbital Society and the American Ophthalmological Society and is in the Presidential Track of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), serving as vice president in 2015, president-elect in 2016, president in 2017, and chair of the advisory board in 2018. Dr. Harris is the program director and principal preceptor of an ASOPRS-accredited fellowship training program.


Diseases & Conditions

Eyelid Lesions and Skin Cancers
Facial Palsy
Orbital Fractures
Orbital Tumors and Inflammations
Tear Drain Problems
Thyroid Eye Disease

Treatment & Services

Botox Injections
Cosmetic Eyelid and Eyebrow Surgery
Eyelid Lesion Removal
Orbital Surgery
Reconstruction After Skin Cancer Removal
Reconstructive Eyelid and Eyebrow Surgery
Tear Duct Surgery

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Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Eye Institute - Froedtert Hospital
925 North 87th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Education & Training

Northwestern University Medical School - Chicago - IL - Doctor of Medicine - (1970)

Northwestern University - Chicago - IL - Residency - (1973-1976)

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center - New York - NY - Fellowship in Orbital and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery - (1976-1977)

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Patient Reviews

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4.7 out of 5. 117 ratings, 19 reviews
Jan. 24, 2021
Dr Harris, his surgical team, fellow and office team provide excellent physical and emotional care. Thank you!
Dec. 30, 2020
exceptional precise medical care provided by Dr Harris and the Eye Institute medical team.
Dec. 12, 2020
The doctor was vey thorough in explaining what he felt was causing my problem and what the next step would be with surgery to correct it.
Nov. 11, 2020
Dr. Harris is a very experienced and skilled eye surgeon.
Nov. 3, 2020
He fixed my eye , this guys the best.
Oct. 21, 2020
Knowledgeable, attentive, thorough
Oct. 6, 2020
mr Harris. knows the eye.
Oct. 2, 2020
Dr Harris not just listens but really hears and understands what a say. He also takes the time to make sure I understand my illness and treatment. I am grateful to have him as my doctor.
Sept. 4, 2020
Dr provided exceptional medical expertise and clear communication regarding my medical condition and recommended care inspiring confidence and trust in the care he and his team are delivering.
Aug. 17, 2020
very nice job, thank you
Aug. 14, 2020
Everyone I dealt with was friendly, prompt and professional. My experience with Dr. Harris and The Eye Institute has been superb
July 21, 2020
Dr Harris is excellent !
June 29, 2020
Dr. Harris and others have stabilized my Graves disease.
June 16, 2020
caring and explained what was happening and the needed treatment
June 5, 2020
top notch
May 1, 2020
Dr. Harris is always very sensitive to my problems.
March 21, 2020
He explained my options with my treatment going forward very clearly and thoroughly.
March 17, 2020
Dr Harris was very forthcoming with me. He went beyond answering my questions and explained my condition so that I could understand. He gave me hope that we could move forward as a doctor and patient team.
March 10, 2020
I am very confident with the knowledge and ability of Dr. Harris - we have had a very good rapport starting at my first consult... he has always been caring, compassionate, and professional.
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