• Christopher Harner: Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Christopher D. Harner, M.D. is the Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Harner is also Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine, Fellowship Director, and Medical Director at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

    Dr. Harner specializes in sports medicine, especially knee, ligament and cartilage injuries. His research focuses on healing such injuries, especially those of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, through new surgical techniques.

    Dr. Harner’s leadership clinically and academically in Sports Medicine is evidenced by numerous grants, awards and dozens of published scientific articles in clinical and research journals. Awards for his research include the Cabaud Award (1999 & 2003) and the Excellence in Research Award (1994 & 2002) from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Hughston Best Paper Award by AJSM (2000), and the John Joyce Award (2001 and 2002) from ISAKOS (The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine).

    Dr. Harner’s dedication to Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is marked by his commitment to research and education. He consistently has been named among The Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region. He is acknowledged as a Master Instructor by the Arthroscopy Association of North America and a reviewer for the Program Committee of the Orthopaedic Research Society. He was president of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (POS) from 1997 to 1998 and continues to serve on its board of directors. He serves on the education committees for both the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and on the executive committee of the University of Pittsburgh’s Musculoskeletal Research Center.

    Dr. Harner was appointed a 10 year term on the board of directors of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 2000-2010 and is currently an Officer on the board of directors (2003-2004). Dr. Harner has played a key role in Sports Medicine Certification serving as Chairman of the Subspecialty Certification Committee. He is a frequently invited presenter at national and international scientific meetings and is currently the Program Chair for the ISAKOS 2005 meeting.

    Dr. Harner also is a member of the editorial review boards for three orthopaedic and sports medicine journals and is a reviewer for three additional scientific journals. Furthermore, Dr. Harner serves as a physician for many local sports teams including the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University and Woodland Hills High School. He resides in the Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh with his wife, Cindy and their three children.


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