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Christopher D. Harner, M.D.

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​UPMC Surgeon Dr. Christopher Harner Chosen for American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, February 23, 2007 UPMC orthopaedic surgeon Christopher D. Harner, M.D., believes that patient care is always priority number one. It cannot have restrictions. Even after 20 years as an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Harner strongly feels it is an honor and privilege to be a physician.

His unwavering dedication to the orthopaedic profession, as well as his many accomplishments, led to his election to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at its 74th Annual Meeting in San Diego, Feb. 13, according to an AAOS statement.

It is a great honor to be chosen by my colleagues to serve in this position. The Academy is an outstanding organization upholding high standards of quality and professionalism for the field of orthopaedic surgery, said Dr. Harner, who is professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, where he also is director of education.

Dr. Harner supports the AAOSs efforts to increase diversity within orthopaedics. In my teaching positions at the University and Center for Sports Medicine clinic, I am able to work in a program that encourages both racial and gender diversity. It is important to our profession that we have much greater diversity. The racial and ethnic makeup of this country is changing. The face of orthopaedic surgery needs to reflect that change, attests Dr. Harner.

A graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Dr. Harner has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as holding numerous visiting professorships and professional accolades during his career. He is chief of the division of sports medicine within UPMCs department of orthopaedic surgery, which currently is ranked 12th in the nation by peers in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals annual survey.

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