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This provider sees patients at the following locations:

Orthopaedics Danville
100 N Academy Ave
Danville, PA 17822
Orthopaedics Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital
4200 Hospital Rd
Coal Township, PA 17866

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  1. He or she does not see patients in the outpatient clinic setting.
  2. He or she sees patients, but has not yet received the minimum number of Patient Satisfaction Reviews. To be eligible for display, we require a minimum of 30 surveys. This ensures that the rating is accurate and statistically reliable.
  3. He or she is a community provider, not a Geisinger-employed provider. Community providers tend to see patients in their own private outpatient practices, which we do not survey.

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Overall Rating:
4.5 out of 5
1 286 ratings

Practicing Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified, 1999
  • Orthopaedics


  • West Virginia University, School of Medicine 1988


  • Naval Hospital - Portsmouth, VA 1989
  • Naval Aerospace Medical Institute 1990


  • Geisinger Medical Center 1997

Clinical Interests:

Orthopaedics, elbow trauma, joint reconstruction surgery including upper and lower extremity and mini-incision surgeries, fracture care

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Fellow

Patient Satisfaction Ratings:

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our survey >
1. Friendliness/courtesy of provider
- 4.6 out of 5
2. Provider explanations of prob/condition
- 4.5 out of 5
3. Provider concern for questions/worries
- 4.4 out of 5
4. Provider efforts to include in decisions
- 4.5 out of 5
5. Provider information about medications
- 4.4 out of 5
6. Provider instructions for follow-up care
- 4.4 out of 5
7. Provider spoke using clear language
- 4.6 out of 5
8. Time provider spent with patient
- 4.2 out of 5
9. Patients' confidence in provider
- 4.5 out of 5
10. Likelihood of recommending provider
- 4.5 out of 5

Patient Comments:

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Geisinger. Learn more about our survey >
Sep 23
I did not actually see Dr. Harter for the majority of the appointment, I saw a Corey who was a resident. He was very informal and did not explain anything. I do not have a very good idea of plan or care moving forward and when I asked for an explanation or for recommendations I was met with half-hearted answers. I was not very pleased with the amount of effort this resident put into the appointment. I also felt like continuity of care would have been better if Dr. Harter would have been more involved in the visit since I had reinjured the arm and am not progressing with therapy and the prior injection was not helpful. All around I left with questions, and consequently my physical therapist is at a loss as to how to help because she was hoping for some direction as well.
Sep 21
Usually Dr. Harter is very personable, but this visit he was curt when answering the few questions I had.
Sep 7
30 second visit... no concern for patient.. poor bedside manner
Sep 7
Dr. Harter doesn't spend time with me, is always in a hurry, comes across very strong personality and intimidating. Never asked me about my concerns or if I had questions. All of that is true and yet I do have a great deal of confidence in him as a surgeon.
Aug 31
I recommend Geisinger to everyone who will lesson they are tops.
Aug 24
PA was using words out of my text, I informed him he would need to speak at my level, he apologized and redirected at my level.
Aug 10
very good
Jul 27
Would and have recommended Dr Harter to others
Jul 20
I have nothing bad to say about my visit.
Jul 20
This will be the fourth time Dr. Harter has worked on me. I have complete confidence in him.
June 24
good experience
June 8
Dr. Harter spent minimal time with me. I was confused and unsure of his treatment plan. The PA explained things a little better, but I was still so confused I had to call the office when I got home for a better explanation.
June 1
Was sincerely gracious in understanding my pain and was concerned that it couldn't be done sooner.
May 18
dr Harter is great!
May 18
Dr Harter is one of the best I have dealt with. I would greatly recommend him to others.
May 6
Dr. Hanter is a fantastic doc & surgeon. If it wasn't for him my arm probably won't have been fixed. And he is concerned about his patients and you won't find a better surgeon then Dr. Hanter. I recommend him to my friends & family. Awesome.
Apr 20
already recommended physician
Apr 20
Dr Harter is definitely the most professional and nicest physician I have had the pleasure to deal with at Geisinger. His whole staff is most impressive. Dr Harter himself is consistently professional in speech and appearance. He dresses in a suit and tie much of the time, he always directly greets you face to face with a cheery smile and a hand shake. He thanked me for allowing me to provide a service and shook my hand and asked me to consider him again if the need ever arises. Most refreshing. He impressed me very much because I have been an inpatient nurse for almost 30 years and I feel I have seen my share of physicians both good and bad. I definitely would recommend him to any one needing a similar procedure
Apr 20
Dr. Harter is very much a people person and did not make you feel like he was in a hurry to get to the next patient.
Apr 20
he had no time to talk to me about anything the last 2 times i have been there did not tell me my options because like isaid he told me 2 or 3 times in about 3 min he spent with me he had a plane to catch big deal should not have had appointments that day if he was in such a rush!!!!
Apr 20
pros and cons, good and bad, all explained all to the fullest
Apr 13
Apr 6
First I had X-ray by a very excellent tech I had a reverse shoulder replacement by _____ on 2/25/2016 I only saw him 2 mins. his assistant saw me and he stepped into the room very briefly.
Apr 1
Dr. Harter was very attentive. He listened to my problem and gave a few suggestions about what to expect.
March 30
Dr. Harter performed 4 surgeries on med. Repair of (L) + (R) rotator cuff, (L) Cardial head, relief of carpal tunnel symptoms.
March 23
never had a bad experience, they have all been good.
March 9
Very confident and professional.
March 7
Dr. Harter was recommended by family for a third opinion after I received conflicting information. I barely saw Dr. Harter for more than 5 min.; was unable to ask questions and his resident also lacked knowledge. I was unimpressed, and very unhappy after traveling over an hour and than waiting an hour.
Feb 29
He's very friendly, checks your problems out good answer's all questions! Knows when to schedule your next appt. After examining your medical problem!
Feb 22
The answers above were regarding Dr. Harter. The patient was seen by another care provider (resident, NP or PA) prior to Dr. Harter entering the room. The experience with this person was not as satisfactory . Did not introduce himself and did not see his name badge ; so unaware of his name or position. Concentrated on the negative of surgery rather than being optimistic of outcome. When patient cancelled surgery, this concern was addressed with Dr. Harter.
Feb 15
Dr. Harter is very upbeat and understands my situation. so, it is all good.
Jan 20
I'm now at 6 months post knee replacement surgery, and I have more pain and less mobility than before surgery. Dr. Harder says I should walk more, but I can barely stand even with a cane.
Dec 28, 2015
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 14, 2015
Not communicating with me re: my problem. Placed a follow up call to him and he never acknowledged my concerns. Had to go on internet to find out my problem.
Dec 11, 2015
Dr. Harter and his staff are some of the best medical professionals I have had the opportunity to work with for my health conditions. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Harter to our friends and family.
Nov 27, 2015
Rudeness to me.
Nov 25, 2015
I am having surgery at the end of the month, and the time was agreed on by all parties.
Nov 2, 2015
No medications were involved.