Dr. Richard J. Harrison, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery | Male

First Choice Medical Group 709 S Harbor City Blvd Ste 100, Melbourne, FL 32901 Get Directions
(321) 725-2225

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The word "doctor" originates in Latin from "to teach." I enjoy educating my patients about their specific condition, treatment options, and likely outcomes to allow the patient and I to make an informed decision together. I have extensive fellowship training in sports medicine, upper extremity and shoulder surgery. I especially welcome referrals for complex rotator cuff disorders, shoulder fractures, total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement and revisions.Read more

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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Harrison to family and friends
4.7
based on 73 total surveys (15 with reviews)
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  • Staff
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  • Scheduling
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Experience with Dr. Harrison
  • Level of trust in provider's decisions
     (72)
  • How well provider explains medical condition(s)
     (73)
  • How well provider listens and answers questions
     (72)
  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
     (73)
Dr. Harrison's Office & Staff
  • Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
     (70)
  • Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
     (72)
  • Staff friendliness and courteousness
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  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    10 – 15 minutes (65)
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in Rockledge, FL |
I would highly recommend Dr. Harrison to anyone. He is very knowledgeable and really calmed my nerves about having my procedure. He and his entire staff are fantastic to work with!
in Cocoa, Fl |
Dr Harrison was great. But his PA and front office staff handling of appointments and referral leaves a lot to be desired.
in Melbourne, FL |
Dr. Harrison was very personable. He explained the procedure thoroughly. He explained answers to my questions. My scars are minimal.
in Melbourne, Fl. |
Extremely easy to talk to, Listens well, Is very honest and forthright. I am a retired OR nurse so when it comes to surgeons I am very picky about whom I choose. Dr Harrison is an excellent choice and I am very thankful for his skills. His office is also very organized and made the whole experience easy to handle.
in Melbourne, FL |
Dr. Harrison is an amazing person and doctor he takes is time with his patient , I love that unless it is absolutely necessary surgery is not his 1st choice . I also adore his assistant Brittany she has the most loving personilty can truly cares. Brittany always makes it a point to call you back and give you confidence that you are in good hands. I would promote her she does everyones job it see. Between Dr. Harrison and Brittany I have 110% faith in first choice.
Maitland, FL |
I had a total shoulder replacement on March 1, 2016 by Dr Harrison. I was very surprised that I had almost no pain. I highly recommend Dr. Harrison.
in New York, NY |
I broke my ankle shortly after boarding a cruise ship several years ago. DR Harrison happened to be on call. I was apprehensive being a nurse that works in a trauma center... HE did the surgery with a plate and 9 screws. I had my follow up care in Milwaukee and the surgeons were impressed with his work. I recovered well enough to be back on the job and pain free.
in Melbourne, FL |
I had surgery on my massive rotator cuff tear about 6 weeks ago. By week two, I had full range of motion back and a pain level of 2 from time to time. By week three, no pain at all. I don't know how that was even possible, but all I can say is that Dr Harrison is my HERO! I guess miracles do happen!! I would recommend Dr Harrison very highly to anyone needing orthopedic surgery. His staff was also exceptional getting me prepared for surgery with all the authorizations and paperwork!
Orlando, FL |
Dr Harrison is a amazing doctor . He operated on my husband and now he is up and moving again. His assistant Brittney is adorable she is so sweet and helpful great staff all around . Highly recommend Dr. Harrison.
in Palm bay fl |
Was 5 minutes late for my appt (that i had to wait a month to get) and they refused to see me even though there was a empty waiting room and i was one of the first appt's of the day
in Rockledge, FL |
Dr. Harrison and his team were extremely helpful throughout the surgery and healing process. No visible scar after surgery and my recovery results have been amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more qualified surgeon. I have been truly blessed having been cared for by Dr. Harrison.
in Cocoa Beach, FL |
I came to Dr. Harrison after seeing two doctors about my shoulder who said nothing was wrong and a failed replacement from the third. Finally, Dr. Harrison was recommended to me by a friend. He performed a total reverse shoulder replacement and after just 4 weeks I am almost as good as new. I would recommend him highly to anyone who needs joint replacement.
in Melbourne, FloridaOrlando, |
No words adequately express my gratitude for the excellent care of Dr. Harrison. When others said it couldn't be repaired, he perfectly restored function of the complicated fracture of my right elbow.
in palm bay florida |
I had surgery done on my wrist and ive been having complications. I only saw him immidiatly before my surgery, I haven't been able to see him since every time I make an appointment he makes me see his PA and his PA is in there for 5 minutes doesn't do anything else very dissatisfied and in a lot of pain three weeks after the surgery
in Satellite Beach, FL |
I had both shoulders repaired VERY happy with results
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Nerve Release
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tommy John Surgery
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Florida.

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    Sanctions

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  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Education

  • Medical School
    Baylor University

    Graduated in 2001

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Miami Jackson Meml Hosp

    Completed in 2002

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Miami Jackson Meml Hosp

    Completed in 2006

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Roosevelt/St Luke's

    Completed in 2008

  • Undergraduate School
    Virginia Tech-Chemical Engineering

    Graduated in 1993

  • Other Education
    Traveling Fellowship-Congenital Hand Surgery-Dallas, Tx

    Completed in 2007

    Traveling Fellowship-Shoulder Surgery-Melbourne, Australia

    Completed in 2006

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Harrison's Office & Staff

Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
Staff friendliness and courteousness
Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
10 – 15 minutes

Experience with Dr. Harrison

Level of trust in provider's decisions
How well provider explains medical condition(s)
How well provider listens and answers questions
Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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Dr. Harrison's Care Philosophy

The word "doctor" originates in Latin from "to teach." I enjoy educating my patients about their specific condition, treatment options, and likely outcomes to allow the patient and I to make an informed decision together. I have extensive fellowship training in sports medicine, upper extremity and shoulder surgery. I especially welcome referrals for complex rotator cuff disorders, shoulder fractures, total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement and revisions.