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2012 Press Releases

For Immediate Release

Michael T. Harris, MD, Appointed Chief of Surgical Services
at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Michael T. Harris, MD
(Photo courtesy of Englewood Hospital)

Englewood, NJ, January 11, 2012 – Renowned gastrointestinal surgeon Michael T. Harris, MD, has been appointed as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Services at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center effective January 1, 2012.

Dr. Harris comes to the Medical Center from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he distinguished himself in a variety of clinical, administrative and academic roles. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman of the school’s Department of Surgery, and was the President of the hospital’s Medical Board. He has been an Attending Surgeon at Mount Sinai since 1993.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Harris to Englewood Hospital,” said Douglas Duchak, President and CEO of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.  “He is a well-known and highly respected surgeon with vast experience in treating patients with GI disorders, and he brings clinical excellence and extraordinary leadership skills to Englewood Hospital’s already renowned surgery department.”   

Dr. Harris is a nationally recognized expert in the field of gastrointestinal surgery, particularly in advanced reconstructive surgical techniques for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis). He helped pioneer the use of minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgical techniques for both diseases and has one of the largest single IBD practices in the nation.

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Harris has a well-earned reputation as a staunch and tireless advocate for patients and for his fellow physicians. He is author of the recently published book Excellence with an Edge and the 2009 recipient of the Studer Group’s National Leadership in Medicine Award.  His strong commitment to patient-centered care aligns perfectly with the Medical Center’s mission of providing the highest quality care in a caring and compassionate environment.

As Chief of Surgery, Dr. Harris will oversee the areas of General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Podiatric Surgery, Breast Surgery and Pediatric Surgery, comprising over 70 surgeons. In this role, he succeeds Herbert Dardik, MD, who has served with distinction as Englewood Hospital’s Chief of Surgery from 1984-1995 and from December 2001-2011. Dr. Dardik will continue to serve as Section Chief of Vascular Surgery, a position he has held since 1977.

Dr. Harris will use his extensive clinical, administrative and academic experience, as well as his demonstrated vision in promoting the highest standards of care, to continue and expand upon the longstanding record of excellence achieved by Englewood Hospital’s Department of Surgery.  As Chief of Surgical Services, he will also partner with senior management, the Board of Trustees and nursing leadership to foster growth and ensure continued excellence across all Surgical Services at the Medical Center.

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.