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Frederick B. Harris, MD

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

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Areas of Focus

Spine & Neck Care
Sports Medicine

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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