Dr. Harlan J. Bruner, MD

Dr. Harlan J. Bruner, MD


Neurosurgery | Male | 43 years old

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Dr. Bruner specializes in Neurosurgery and practices in Athens, GA. He practices at 5 locations.

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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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    10 – 15 minutes (14)
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in Winder, GA |
Dr. Bruner is a great neurosurgeon; however, when he's in the hospital doing rounds, get your questions ready! When you see him you'll get 20 seconds to get his attention and ask them. In the hospital, he is all business and focused. He tells you what he needs to tells you and then mentally moves on to the next patient on the list. In the office, he is cordial, informative, and friendly. Believe it or not, this is a good review: just be ready with questions!
in Winder, GA |
Dr. Bruner did a 5 level spinal fusion on me on 7/5/16. I had suffered from back and leg pain for many years and had had two prior spine surgeries. He prepared me for the surgery telling me the first 48 hrs. post op would be painful but he ordered meds to keep me comfortable. I went home from the hospital on the 4th day. I was pain free within 6 weeks. I haven't felt this good in many years. It's been less than 4 months, I saw him today and I have no restrictions! I am thrilled! He is great!
in Lawrenceville GA |
Dr Bruner was able to do what two other Doctors said could not be done. It has been six months since my surgery and I am pain free. He is a very personable, confident and highly talented surgeon. I would most definitely recommend him!
in Athens, GA |
Dr. Bruner did amazing work on my herniated disc. I had an ACDF performed on my C5C6. The surgery actually took less time than scheduled. I woke up and felt immediate relief from what had been months of excruciating pain that once landed me in a wheelchair. He was friendly, helpful and funny every time I met with him. He explained everything well. Not that I ever want to have another reason to see Dr. Bruner again, but if something arose, I'd trust him completely.
in Carnesville, Ga. |
Dr Bruner did my spine surgery. It has been over a year now and I'm still feeling great. As soon as I woke up from surgery I no longer had back pain. Once the surgical pain and limitations were past I have not had any further back pain. I was scared to death to have surgery but I felt confidant in Dr Bruner. He is an excellent surgeon. His personality may not be overly warm and fuzzy but he knows what he's doing and tells you like it is. No Bull. I liked that! I'm a very satisfied patient.
in Athens, GA |
Dr. Bruner saw my sister in the Neuro ICU. He was abrupt and inconsiderate. She was gravely ill,but in her room said, Well, she is dying. I asked if he could step outside to talk with us and he said curtly, She can't hear anything. I'm a nurse with 30 + years ER Trauma experience and we all know hearing is the last sense patient's lose. He said I needed to call hospice and that was it. He was not her primary neurosurgeon, just covering the weekend. Poor communicator!
in Winterville, GA |
very short with patient concerns. patients concern to there treatment is not paramount to Drs. viewpoint.
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Dr. Bruner's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship Hospital
    Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Residency Hospital
    Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Medical College Of Wisconsin
  • Undergraduate School
    Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotaxis
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