Michael J. Harris, MD

    Dr. Michael J. Harris joined NJRetina in 1986. Dr. Harris obtained his B.A. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, graduating magna cum laude. He was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

    Dr. Harris completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed his fellowship in vitreoretinal disease and surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, and returned to the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins, where he was Chief Resident and Assistant Chief of Service before joining NJRetina.

    Dr. Harris is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ. He is on the medical staff of Englewood Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, the Bergen Passaic Cataract Surgery and Laser Center, and the University of Medicine of Dentistry of New Jersey. He pioneered outpatient retinal surgery in the 1980s, and now performs the majority of his surgery in outpatients under local anesthesia at the Bergen Passaic Cataract Surgery and Laser Center in Fair Lawn, NJ, one of the first centers in the US to perform retinal surgery.

    Dr. Harris has researched, published, and lectured at national meetings on numerous topics in ophthalmology, including macular hole surgery, optic nerve drusen, retinal detachment surgery, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusion, and pneumatic retinopexy. He has participated in numerous FDA-sponsored clinical trials of new techniques to treat macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

    Dr. Harris is married and has two lovely daughters and one grandson. He enjoys golfing and presently carries a 2 handicap. He is an accomplished musician who plays clarinet, saxophone and piano.


    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • NJ Academy of Ophthalmology
    • NJ Retina Society
    • American Society of Retina Specialists