Meet Dr. Harris
A native of Butler, Indiana, Damion Harris, MD FAAOS, and his family settled into the New Castle area nine years ago, just after he completed shoulder specific training at Blair Orthopedic Institute in Pennsylvania. Dr. Harris received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University, his MD from Indiana University’s School of Medicine and completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Southern Illinois School of Medicine, Carbondale. Dr. Harris is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Dr. Harris first became interested in orthopedic surgery as an 18-year-old playing on the Indiana All-Stars baseball team. A tear in his ulnar collateral ligament (elbow) put him in contact with an orthopedic surgeon. “I just realized that’s what I wanted to do with my life,” Dr. Harris says. “The athletic type, the person who trains in sports, the team-oriented individual is somebody who’s also drawn into orthopedics itself.”
One of five orthopedic surgeons at the Henry County Center for Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Dr. Harris’ focus is primarily on shoulders. “As I was going through my training, I realized that shoulder is kind of a frontier that really isn’t as far along as hip and knees were,” he says.
A recipient of the 2018 Professional Research Consultants, Inc. Excellence in Healthcare award, Dr. Harris also was named in 2014 one of the top sports medicine shoulder surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.
It’s the day-to-day triumphs that drive Dr. Harris. “It’s really rewarding when you have a patient who says, ‘I could not use my arm before and now I’m doing everything that I wanted to do,'” Dr. Harris says. “That’s what motivates me.”
Dr. Harris’ family includes wife Kerri and four children: three boys and a girl; outside of his practice, he coaches his kids’ baseball teams.
Ask Dr. Harris about:
- Arthritic shoulders
- Dislocation and instability
- Frozen and unstable shoulders
- Total shoulder replacement
- Labral tears
- Rotator cuff tear
- Shoulder arthroplasty
- Reverse shoulder arthroplasty