David Harris, MD, FACS

  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery (Surgical Weight Management)
David Harris, MD


David Harris, MD, FACS, is a UW Health general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery. He is also a assistant professor  at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Surgery.

Dr. Harris cares for patients with obesity and related disorders, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Dr. Harris performs surgical procedures to help patients lose weight in a healthy way. These include what are commonly known as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures. He also performs surgery to treat reflux disease and other gut disorders.

During initial visits, Dr. Harris talks with people about their lifelong struggles with obesity and what weight loss methods they’ve tried. He listens to his patients’ concerns and assures them that obesity is not due to a simple lack of willpower. Together, they discuss treatment options and set realistic goals.

Dr. Harris works to help people feel better, lose weight and lead a healthier life.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Harris researches new treatments for obesity and how metabolic surgery affects patients’ body organs, metabolism and overall health.

During his free time, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with family, hiking, swimming, running and golfing.

Many people think that obesity is their fault, but that’s not the case. They’re fighting biology. I don’t judge my patients. I’m here to help.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Surgery
Medical School
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Areas of expertise