Metabolic Bone Disorder and Orthogeriatrics (MBOG)

Prof. Ian Harris


Ian Harris is a clinician and researcher based in Sydney. He is an orthopaedic surgeon with a clinical interest in trauma care where his practice is based at Liverpool Hospital in southwest Sydney. He is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the South Western Sydney Clinical School of UNSW Sydney and Honorary Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. His research activities are based at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health. His research training includes a Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology), a PhD in surgical outcomes and a Master of Science (Health Data Science).

Professor Harris’s research interests are in surgical outcomes and the appropriateness of medical care. He conducts randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies and methods studies. He is involved in several clinical registries, including co-chair of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry (2012 – 2021) and Deputy Director of the AOA National Joint Replacement Registry (2015 – 2022).

Professor Harris has over 360 publications and has received over $49 million in grant funding since 2012. He is a critic of many aspects of modern medical practice and is a campaigner for more science in medicine and in society. He published the book Surgery, the Ultimate Placebo in 2016 and a second book, Hippocrasy: How Doctors Are Betraying Their Oath, in 2021.