Richard Harris is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine and the Director of Pain and Fatigue Neuroimaging at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan. His background is in basic science and clinical research in alternative medicine. He received his B.S. degree in Genetics from Purdue University in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley in 1997. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has received an MS degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harris is currently investigating mechanisms of acupuncture and acupressure in the treatment of chronic pain and fatigue conditions. He is a member of the Advisory Council for NIH/NCCIH and a co-President for the Society for Acupuncture Research.
In 2023, Dr. Harris became the Samueli Endowed Chair at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at the University of California, Irvine.