Ian Harris, AM, MMed(Clin Epi), PhD, FRACS, FAHMS Australia Honorary Professor, School of Public Health | The University of Sydney

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Surgery for Chronic Pain Conditions: The Question of Evidence and Getting the Balance Right

Friday, 7 August | 09:05–09:30

Ian Harris, AM, MMed(Clin Epi), PhD, FRACS, FAHMS 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 where his research is based at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health. He is an orthopaedic surgeon with a clinical interest in trauma care where his practice is based at Liverpool Hospital in southwest Sydney.

His research interests are in surgical outcomes and the appropriateness of medical care. He conducts randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies and methods studies and has over 200 publications and has received over $28 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 received a Rockefeller Foundation Academic Writing Residency in 2018 to complete another book focusing on the negative aspects of our reliance on medicine in society.