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Frederick B. Harris, MD

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Neurological Surgery, Board Certified Area of Focus in Spine, Neck & Back Care Areas of Focus in Neurosurgery

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Areas of Focus

Spine & Neck Care

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Practice Overview

Frederick B. Harris, MD, MS, FAANS, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with 18 years of experience in treating patients with both spine and brain pathologies. Dr. Harris previously had a career as an Engineer at NASA and the Department of Defense and changed careers to pursue his dream of becoming a Neurosurgeon. His special areas of interest include complex cervical, thoracic and lumbar surgery, adult spinal deformity/scoliosis treatment, revision surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, minimally invasive spinal surgery for herniated disk and lumbar fusions, spinal tumors both inside and outside the spinal cord and spinal canal, brain tumors, adult Chiari malformations, traumatic brain injury and sports related brain injury.

Dr. Harris believes in carefully listening to and understanding the concerns, symptoms and fears of each patient, while clearly explaining their neurological condition and plan of treatment to their satisfaction. He would like each patient and their family members to leave his office with the comfort and understanding of their next phase of care with all questions answered.

Clinical Interest

Neurosurgery, including Brain Tumors, Adult Chiari Malformations, Traumatic Brain Injury and Sports Related Brain Injury

Spine and Neck Care, including Decompression of Cervical Stenosis and Herniated Disk (Anterior and Posterior Approaches), Artificial Cervical Disk Replacement, Complex Cervical Surgery including Cervical Fusions, Cervical Fractures, Chin on Chest Syndrome and Cervical Revision Surgery

Lumbar Surgery, including Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery for Herniated Disk and Lumbar Fusions, Resection of Synovial Cyst, Revision Surgery of Failed Back Surgical Syndrome, Open Anterior and Posterior Lumbar Fusions, Surgery for All Grades of Spondylolisthesis and Treatment of Fractures of the Lumbar and Thoracic Spine

Spinal Tumors/Oncology, including Tumors of the Spine and Spinal Cord both Primary and Metastatic

Spinal Deformity, including Correction of Scoliosis and Kyphoscoliosis, Failed Back Surgical Syndrome, Flat Back Syndrome and High Grade Spondylolisthesis


Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery

University of Tennessee-Memphis Health Science Center, Department of Neurological Surgery, Memphis, Tennessee

Medical Degree
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio

Graduate Degree
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Degree
Southern University and A&M College, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Ridges
Fairview Southdale
Mercy Hospital
Minnesota Valley Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Active Member
Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Active Member
North American Spine Society, Member

Achievements and Awards

Fairview Health Foundation Champion of Care award (2015)
Top Doctor award Duluth-Superior News Tribune (2010)
Richard L. Desaussure Jr. MD Excellence in Neurosurgery Award (2007)
National Medical Fellowships, Inc. NMF Scholar (1998 and 1999)
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard U./Merck, Summer Research Trainee Program (1998)
Samuel J. Roessler Research Fellowship, The Ohio State University College of Medicine (1998)
National Medical Fellowships, Inc. NMF Scholar (1997)
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Research Fellowship, U. of Texas SWMC at Dallas (1994)
The State of Texas Graduate Research Assistantship, U. of Texas SWMC at Dallas (1994)
Southern University Chancellor’s Scholarship
Southern University Engineering Scholarship
Dean’s List, College of Engineering, Southern University


Staff Neurosurgeon, Fairview Southdale and Ridges Spine and Brain Clinic, Edina, Burnsville and Fridley, MN (2014 – 2019)
Staff Neurosurgeon, Section of Neurosurgery, Essentia Health East, Duluth, MN (2007 – 2014)


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Lisa Benedetto, CNP
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner

Jenny H.
Care Coordinator

Gus S.
Surgical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

April 12, 2019

Charles C.

In September of 2017, I had come to the end of my proverbial rope. After a fall in 1978 of approximately 30 feet, I had some 14 major back and neck surgeries and was now in so much pain I was ready to give up. Seven years earlier the head of Neurosurgery at a very prominent hospital told me when I came for a much anticipated appointment, “if anyone ever tells you they can help you they’re pulling your leg”. I left devastated, in tears and did not really know how much longer or how much worse things could get.

Things indeed did get worse and over the next seven years my 6 foot 6 inch frame folded over too about 5’7”. The pain was completely over the top when I decided I had two choices; one very final, the other was search for a surgeon capable and willing to save my life. I started searching for Twin Cities Neurosurgeons and actually read the bio’s when I stumbled on Dr. Harris. In bold type he stated that he specialized in brain and complex spinal surgery. I had no choice but to see if he was serious, my appointment was made.

His staff treated me with a great deal of respect and seemed to streamline the process because the next thing I knew I was standing in front of Dr. Harris being told that he could help me! He warned me that it would be the worst thing I had ever been through and I kind-of chuckled because I had been through staph infections of the spine, multiple 3+ level fusions, I didn’t think I had anything to lose.

The 13 hour surgery was all that Dr. Harris promised. He removed a four level bad fusion done in 1988 and then went on to fuse virtually everything but the kitchen sink. I was up and walking the first day after surgery with huge grin on my face as I again stood 6ft 5in tall. In May of 2018, seven months after surgery I played golf for the first time in ten years without any increased pain. Yes my swing was really ugly but it didn’t matter, it was fantastic. The improvement in my quality of life cannot be understated, you need to be patient and persistent and understand you have a very long road ahead and the possibility of a much better outlook for tomorrow.

The recovery took a little over a year but Dr. Harris most definitely saved my life on October the 19th, 2017.

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