David Harris, M.D.
Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Board-Certified Pain Medicine
Dr. Harris is Board-Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Pain Medicine. He was among the first physicians over twenty years ago to combine the fields of Regenerative Medicine, Interventional Spine injections, and Comprehensive Pain Management into a unified practice within one clinic. As of 2016, he has performed more than 30,000 interventional spine procedures, and approximately 110,000 regenerative injection procedures. Dr. Harris served as Medical Director for St. David's Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas from 1992-2001. He has been an adjunct associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Harris has taught interventional spine techniques and regenerative injection therapy to many physicians nationally and internationally, including physicians throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He travels regularly to teach in conferences in Peru and Argentina. He has treated many athletes from the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, and other Texas universities, and has treated numerous local and touring musicians. He served as Medical Director of SpineAustin from 2005 through 2008 before deciding to build a center of excellence based on the concepts of Regenerative Medicine.
In his spare time, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports and enjoying the outdoors. He plays guitar with his close friends in a local Austin band, Natural Causes (see www.naturalcausesband.com). His wife, Michele Zink Harris, PT, is the Director of Physical Therapy services at CHARM and is an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University in the Department of Physical Therapy. They are blessed to be raising three wonderful young men.
Education and Training
Dr. Harris earned his Bachelors of Science degree with Honors in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. He earned his Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center / Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas in 1988. He completed his transitional internship at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin in 1989 and his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver in 1992. He has been actively treating patients since 1992 in the Central Texas region. He enjoys teaching both surgeons and non-surgeons about combining the best attributes of interventional spine injection techniques, regenerative injection therapy, musculoskeletal medicine, and the appropriate use of surgery when necessary. He was Course Co-Director for the Texas Medical Association from 1995-2005 for the education of physicians involved in the Designated Doctor / Impairment Rating program for the Texas Worker’s Compensation Commission.