Dr. Robert Harbaugh, MD

Dr. Robert Harbaugh, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
Dr. Robert Harbaugh, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Hershey, PA and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine in 1978 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

30 Hope Dr Ste 1200

Hershey, PA 17033

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(800) 243-1455

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This content was provided by Dr. Harbaugh "Robert E. Harbaugh obtained his M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and his general surgery and neurosurgery training at Dartmouth. During his career at Dartmouth, Dr. Harbaugh served as Director of the Cerebrovascular Disease Center, Director of the Neurosurgical Laboratory and as Residency Program Director. In 2003 Dr. Harbaugh accepted the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Residency Program Director and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been promoted to the rank of University Distinguished Professor and appointed as the Director of the Penn State Neuroscience Institute. In 2013 he was named a Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest award of the Penn State Alumni Association. He also holds a clinical appointment as Guiding Professor of Neurosurgery at Huanhu Hospital in Tianjin, China. Dr. Harbaugh has been an invited speaker throughout the world. He has been a visiting professor at 67 academic institutions and the honored guest of neurosurgical societies in Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Taiwan. He has delivered 24 named lectures. Dr. Harbaugh's research interests include clinical trial design, outcomes analysis, quality improvement in neurosurgery and neural engineering. He has edited five books and published more than 400 articles, book chapters and abstracts on various neurosurgical topics. He has served on five editorial boards and obtained continuous research funding from the NIH, NATO, USDA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, industry, foundations and other organizations since 1985. Dr. Harbaugh holds and has held numerous leadership positions in national organizations. He is a Past President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, former Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Vice-President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, as a member of the National Football League's Head, Neck and Spine Committee and as a member of the Strategic Vision Committee of the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Registry (FITBIR). He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of organized neurosurgery's quality improvement and data management company, the Neuropoint Alliance, Inc., as a member of the advisory council of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, as a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery, as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, as Co-Chair of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Registry of Patient Registries project and as a member of the Governance Council for the Food and Drug Administration's coordinated registry network for Devices used for Acute Ischemic Stroke Intervention (DAISI) project. Dr. Harbaugh has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Lebanon Valley College and the Saint Joan of Arc School. He has five children and is married to Kimberly S. Harbaugh, M.D., a neurosurgeon specializing in peripheral nerve surgery. "
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

16  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Extracranial Carotid Occlusive Disease
  • Intracranial Aneurysms - Multiple Congenital Anomaly
  • Meningiomas
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Malformations of the Brain

7  Procedures

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  • Lebanon Valley College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Dartmouth
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Dartmouth
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Robert Harbaugh, MD
He saved my sons life and future with his skilled surgical intervention @DHMC. Then he treated me and was compassionate and thorough. Dr. H. gave my son a life we thought he had lost.
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