Matthew Harris MD, MBA is the Founder and Director of The JPLRC. He is a triple-fellowship trained, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with years of experience in the fields of adult orthopedics, pediatric orthopedics, joint preservation, limb lengthening and limb reconstruction. Originally from Elmira, NY, he attended Loyola University in Maryland and went on to obtain his Medical (M.D.) and Business (M.B.A.) Degrees from the University at Buffalo, NY. From there he pursued his dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, completing a General Surgery Internship, Orthopedic Residency and Chief Residency at New York Medical College. After residency, Dr. Harris began his quest to master the fields that interested him most, all of which he practices today.
He feels very fortunate that this journey led him to travel around the world in order to train with some of the best Orthopedic Surgeons of our time, studying from and learning their techniques. He returned to South Florida after his training to fulfill his other lifelong goal of opening a Private Practice that specializes in treating the spectrum of patients from infancy to adulthood. With three separate fellowships and years of experience to draw upon, patients have the benefit of receiving advanced care ranging from the most common of injuries, to the most cutting edge sub-specialized treatments within Orthopedics Today.
Dr. Harris is actively involved in many clinical, anatomic and experimental therapeutic research projects, several of which are in the process of receiving formal funding and support from various prestigious foundations and professional organizations. You may be invited to participate in one, or several, of these trials in the event that you are a candidate. He is passionate about remaining on the cutting edge of technology, and also feels a strong sense of duty to search for and continue to expand upon the collective knowledge of Orthopedics for decades to come. In December 2011, Dr. Harris helped perform the very first internal lengthening using the PRECICE intramedullary nail in the United States. By eighteen months later, he had performed more of these procedures than any other surgeon in the country. The device has helped revolutionize limb lengthening while making countless patients' lives better to this day, as they will attest.
Working alongside esteemed team members and fellow surgeons in conjunction with Depuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company, Dr. Harris helped to develop the new state of the art MAXFRAME Circular External Fixator. He was honored to become the first surgeon in North America to use this revolutionary device in May 2017 and continues to treat patients with complex trauma and congenital deformities with it today.
Dr. Harris' research has been presented at numerous conferences at the regional and national levels, as well as, in eight countries outside the US. His work has also been published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals. He routinely cares for the uninsured and under-served populations both locally and while volunteering for surgical missions in order to ensure that all patients have access to modern techniques and technologies who are in need of it. Over the years, he has participated in Mission trips to Vietnam, Haiti and Nicaragua, and is looking forward to many more.
Dr. Harris has been an athlete his entire life, playing sports competitively up to the Division I level in College. He understands the frustration that comes with being injured, and derailed from our personal goals, and appreciates as well as anyone can, the push to want to be back out on the field, the bike, the stage, the court or in the water as soon as possible. Having personally suffered a traumatic dislocation of his hip due to a football injury when he was younger, Dr. Harris has a special interest in the treatment of hip and pelvic injuries, and particularly with regard to sports injuries in our young athletes. You can be certain that Dr. Harris is going to maintain your best interests in mind throughout the entire duration of your treatment and recovery as he guides you back to the level of competition that you are seeking.
Our mission here at The JPLRC is to provide personalized care that is of the highest quality. We are a full-service practice dedicated to providing you or your loved one with the most advanced and effective Orthopedic treatments that are available anywhere in the world. Regardless of your age or your diagnosis, our goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your health and functionality while providing compassionate and trustworthy care. For us, the patient always comes first. No exceptions. It's that simple.
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2013 - 2014 International Travelling Fellowship in Hip Joint Preservation and Pelvic Surgery
01.14 - 02.14 : Inselspital in Bern, Switzerland with Prof. Klaus Siebenrock, Prof. Moritz Tannast
Kantonsspital in Luzern, Switzerland with Mr. MD Martin Beck
Additional Training in Hip Joint Preservation and Hip Arthroscopy
09.13 - 10.13 : The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO with Dr. Marc Philippon
03.14 - 04.14
2012 - 2013 Advanced Orthopedic Fellowship in Limb Lengthening and Joint Preservation
The Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, FL with Dr. Dror Paley, Fellowship Director
2011 - 2012 Orthopedic Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics and Deformity Correction
The Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, FL with Dr. Dror Paley, Fellowship Director
2007 - 2011 Orthopedic Residency at New York Medical College
Westchester Medical Center In Valhalla, NY with Dr. David Asprinio, Program Chairman
Soundshore Medical Center in New Rochelle, NY with Dr. Steven Zelicof, Chief of Service
New York University in New York, NY with Dr. Samuel Kenan, Chief of Service
St. Vincent's Medical Center in New York, NY with Dr. Andrew Feldman, Chief of Sports Service
2006 - 2007 General Surgery Internship at New York Medical College
Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY with Dr. John Savino, Program Chairman
2001 - 2006 University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
Medical Doctorate (M.D.)
2003 - 2006 University at Buffalo School of Management, Buffalo, NY
Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with Concentration in Biotechnology Management
1997 - 2001 Loyola University in Maryland, Baltimore, MD
BS Major: Pre-Med, Biology with Honors; Minor: English
M Harris, J Tam, S. Fineberg, P Lucas, S Zelicof. Quantifying the Relationship Between the Transverse Acetabular Ligament and the Radiographic Teardrop. J of Arthroplasty. Vol. 32 (1) 2017.
A Brady, J Mikula, J Chahla, E Slette, C Trindade, M Rasmussen, M Harris, R LaPrade, M Philippon. Anatomic Analysis of the Native Ligamentum Teres. J of Hip Preservation Surgery. Vol. 3 (Supl. 1) 2016.
M Harris, D Paley, D Prince. Limb Lengthening with the New Intramedullary Nail in the Pediatric Population. U.S. Chin Intl J Traumatology. Vol. 13 (3) 2014.
M Philippon, M Rasmussen, J Turnbull, C Trindade, M Hamming, M Ellman, M Harris, R LaPrade, C Wijdicks. Structural Properties of the Native Ligamentum Teres. Orthop J of Sports Med. Vol. 2 (12) 2014.
D Paley, M Harris, K Debiparshad, D Prince. Limb Lengthening by Implantable Lengthening Devices. Review Article. Tech in Orthop. Vol. 7 (S15) 2013.
D Paley, M Harris, M Nogueira, M Chiari. Treatment of Congenital Femoral Deficiency Patient Undergoing the SUPERhip Procedure Using BMP2. J Child Orthop. Vol. 7 (S15) 2013.
M Harris, D Paley, D Prince. New Implantable Lengthening Nail. J Child Orthop. Vol. 7 (S53) 2013.
06/2015: ISAKOS Bienniel Congress Lyon, France. [M Philippon et al. Structural Properties of the Native Ligamentum Teres]
03/2015: AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV USA [M Philippon et al., Tensile Properties of the Ligamentum Teres]
10/2014: ISHA Annual Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [M Philippon et al., Properties of the Ligamentum Teres, Part 1]
09/2014: WCORT Annual Meeting in Xi'an, China [M Harris et al., Internal Lengthening in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients]
02/2014: Universitatspital, Zurich, Switzerland [M Harris et al., History of Limb Lengthening and Internal Lengthening Experience]
01/2014: Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland [M Harris et al., Current Results of Lengthening with New Intramedullary Lengthening Nail]
05/2013: POSNA Annual Meeting in Toronto, CA [Paley, Harris, Nogueira, Chiari., Does Addition of BMP2 Improve SUPERhip Outcomes]
05/2013: POSNA Annual Meeting in Toronto, CA [Paley, Harris, Prince., A New Implantable Lengthening Device]
04/2013: EPOS Annual Meeting in Athens, Greece [Paley, Harris, Noguiera, Chiari., Treating CFD Patients with the SUPERhip Procedure]
12/2011: SSHV Annual Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam [Moulton, Harris., 10-yr Followup Treatment for Radiation-Induced Kyphosis]
10/2011: EOA Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VA USA [M Harris, et al., Relat Between the Teardrop and Transverse Acetabular Ligament]
Course Faculty and Instructional Lectures:
03/2019: ICL 267 The Future of Orthopedic Practice: Which Models Will Remain Viable? AAOS Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.
12/2018: Six Axis Deformity Correction with Circular Fixator IV: Treatment of Ankle Equinus Contracture. IPOS Annual Meeting. Orlando,FL
11/2018: Six Axis Deformity Correction with Circular Fixator III: Blount’s Disease. IPOS Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
11/2018: Six Axis Deformity Correction with Circular Fixator II: Tibia Fracture Management. IPOS Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
11/2018: Six Axis Deformity Correction with Circular Fixator I. IPOS Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
11/2017: Perspective Frame Matching with the MAXFRAME. POSNA Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
08/2017: Perspective Frame Matching with the 3D MAXFRAME Software. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. San Fran., CA.
08/2017: Acute Intentional Deformation Using the MAXFRAME 3D Software. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. San Fran., CA.
08/2017: MAXFRAME System Hardware. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. San Fran., CA.
08/2017: Distal Referencing Using the MAXFRAME 3D Software. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. San Fran., CA.
06/2017: Acute Intentional Deformation Using the MAXFRAME 3D Software. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. PBG, FL.
06/2017: Distal Referencing Using the MAXFRAME 3D Software. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
05/2017: MAXFRAME System Hardware. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. Chicago, IL.
05/2017: Perspective Frame Matching with the 3D MAXFRAME Software. Managing the Complex Limb Deformity Patient. Chicago, IL.
08/2013 Surgical Technique and Experience Using the PRECICE Intramedullary Nail for Limb Lengthening. Louisville, KY.
02/2013: MRS Knee-Hinge Construct for Femoral Lengthening. Smith & Nephew Modular Rail External Fixator Course. West Palm, FL.
05/2013: MRS Construct and Technique for Humeral Lengthening. Smith & Nephew Modular Rail External Fixator Course. West Palm, FL.
Awards and Honors:
2014 Chairman, Best Practices of Orthopedics Forum on Childhood Deformity at Annual World Congress of Orthopedics, Xi'an, China
2013 3rd Place for Original Research, "Does the Addition of BMP2 Improve Outcome in Patients with Congenital Femoral Deficiency
who Undergo SUPERhip Procedure" at Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society Annual Meeting in New York, NY
2011 Recipient of Resident Research Award and Travel Grant for "Quantifying the Relationship Between the Transverse Acetabular
Ligament and the Radiographic Teardrop" at the Eastern Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VA
2009 New York Medical College Dean's Citation in Honor Award Representing Outstanding House Staff at New York Medical College's
150th Anniversary Gala in New Rochelle, NY
2008 Co-Chairman of CIR/SIEU's National Conference on Operating Room Safety in New York, NY
2003 James Platt White Medical Society Recognition Award in Buffalo, NY
2003 Microbiology Honors Program at University at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
1997 - 2001 Dean's List and Graduation with Honors, Loyola University in Maryland, Baltimore, MD
2000 Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society Induction, Baltimore, MD
1999 Excellence in French Studies Award, Loyola University in Maryland, Baltimore, MD