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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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  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.
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Harter, Gary Dean, MD Visit for information on Gary Dean Harter, MD. Find contact information, medical education, affiliated hospitals and more.
Overall Rating:
4.5 out of 5
1 271 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
- 4.5 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
- 4.5 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 >
Feb 1
I was very disappointed in Dr.Harter I felt like he brushed off my concerns and did not really know what to tell me.
Feb 1
Was very disappointed in the amount of time Dr. Harter was in the room. He introduced himself and basically was gone!
Jan 18
I've been a patient of Dr Harter for 12 years. Never a complaint till last visit. Maybe Geisinger should worry about "quality" rather than "quantity". Practice what you preach.
Jan 4
Top of the line treatment.
Dec 28, 2016
Dr. Harter is a good doctor . The resident didn't know anything to answer nor did he tell Dr. Harter I had questions so Dr. Harter didn't stay long enough to answer questions.... I left with a lot of unanswered questions.
Dec 21, 2016
Was seen by a Physician Assistant. He was very nice and listened to the problem. Did some movement of the arm. He left said Dr. Harder would be in. Dr. Harder looked at the x-rays and said it could be a muscle injury or torn rotator cuff, but wasn't sure. Recommended 3 weeks of physical therapy and then he would see me again. Have lot of pain. Recommended Ibuprofen for pain. If after 3 weeks and it didn't improve he would recommend a MRI. Could not get physical therapy until Jan. 5th and He wants to see me on the 13th. This injury happened on Dec 9 and I have had pain since then. Can't lift my arm up can hardly get dressed. So no therapy has happened yet and no MRI. I will only have therapy for a week. Not very satisfied .
Dec 14, 2016
waited longer then it took for dr to see me in the exam room i have a dislocated shoulder and a pressure wound because of my handicap so I cannot have surgery yet maybe in 3 months.
Oct 26, 2016
quick appointment very unfriendly! spent 5 minutes with us and left! he made my wife and I fell stupid ! I will definitely be looking for a different ortho Doctor! He never even touched me for exam! came into room said back is causing hip pain, other knee is bad ! call me if you want surgery on it!
Oct 26, 2016
Dr. Harter is a very down to earth person and cares about you
Sep 23, 2016
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, 2016
Usually Dr. Harter is very personable, but this visit he was curt when answering the few questions I had.
Sep 7, 2016
30 second visit... no concern for patient.. poor bedside manner
Sep 7, 2016
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, 2016
I recommend Geisinger to everyone who will lesson they are tops.
Aug 24, 2016
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, 2016
very good
Jul 27, 2016
Would and have recommended Dr Harter to others
Jul 20, 2016
I have nothing bad to say about my visit.
Jul 20, 2016
This will be the fourth time Dr. Harter has worked on me. I have complete confidence in him.
June 24, 2016
good experience
June 8, 2016
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, 2016
Was sincerely gracious in understanding my pain and was concerned that it couldn't be done sooner.
May 18, 2016
dr Harter is great!
May 18, 2016
Dr Harter is one of the best I have dealt with. I would greatly recommend him to others.
May 6, 2016
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, 2016
already recommended physician
Apr 20, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
pros and cons, good and bad, all explained all to the fullest
Apr 13, 2016
Apr 6, 2016
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, 2016
Dr. Harter was very attentive. He listened to my problem and gave a few suggestions about what to expect.
March 30, 2016
Dr. Harter performed 4 surgeries on med. Repair of (L) + (R) rotator cuff, (L) Cardial head, relief of carpal tunnel symptoms.
March 23, 2016
never had a bad experience, they have all been good.
March 9, 2016
Very confident and professional.
March 7, 2016
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, 2016
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!