Dr. Harrison is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Pediatric Device Consortium.
Dr. Harrison is director emeritus and co-founder of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF Children's Hospital. He is an internationally known expert in fetal surgery, an area he helped pioneer with his colleagues at UCSF. For more than 25 years, he has studied how life-threatening fetal abnormalities alter normal physical processes. He developed techniques for both open surgery and minimally invasive surgery to repair many birth defects. Harrison's team also developed in utero stem cell transplantation to treat immune system deficiencies, enzyme deficiencies and abnormal hemoglobin in the blood.
Dr. Harrison has been involved in the design and development of many pediatric devices and tools. He is currently developing a wide range of uses for implantable magnets. He is leading a FDA clinical trial to test an implantable magnetic device for the treatment of pectus excavatum. He has also developed devices to treat scoliosis and perform magnetic anastamosis of tissue in the bowel.
Dr. Harrison is committed to making the PDC an environment for open expression. Here people from a multitude of professions can share information to move pediatric devices from concept through commercialization.