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.


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
(414) 955-2020
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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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4.8 out of 5. 112 ratings, 20 reviews
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.
March 5, 2020
Dr. Harris is a very valuable asset to your team
Feb. 25, 2020
really liked Dr. Harris and his team
Feb. 15, 2020
Great provider and staff. Helpful, courteous, and positive making visiting this physician a pleasure.
Jan. 6, 2020
Staff was great. Dr was fine, just not very personable or friendly. Don't think we even made eye contact until maybe when we shook hands at the end of the appt. I am going ahead with procedure because he is highly recommended and that is most important to me.
Jan. 3, 2020
not very friendly. seamed in a hurry. didn't like us to ask too many questions
Nov. 28, 2019
very informative
Sept. 24, 2019
my surgery required precise data regarding my prior treatment to evaluate the specific treatment course to follow. He gathered all that data, carefully evaluated it and clearly explained the options available to me and the risks/benefits involved. He took the time to get it right and that was very reassuring to me.
Sept. 7, 2019
Nice personal doctor and staff.
Sept. 1, 2019
Appointment was short, efficient, professional, and thorough.
Aug. 29, 2019
Dr Harris was wonderful to deal with and provided excellent care and concern.
Aug. 17, 2019
Just a nice experience from check in to check out.
Aug. 17, 2019
Dr. Harris is kind, gentle and explains about what is happening.
Aug. 13, 2019
I have been a patient of Dr. Harris since 1984. I could not have had a better doctor/surgeon than him. He is amazing at what he does!!!