Dr. Robert Hartzler, MD

Dr. Robert Hartzler, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 36
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Dr. Robert Hartzler, MD is an orthopedic shoulder & elbow surgery doctor who practices in New Braunfels, TX. He is 36 years old and has been practicing for 9 years. Read his story

601 Creekside Xing # 106

New Braunfels, TX 78130

Contact Information

(210) 804-5400

Insurance Accepted

  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Wisconsin Physicians Service

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Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
very high
more than 99% of peers
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
very high
more than 98% of peers
Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Hartzler "During my training at the Mayo Clinic, I learned that the needs of the patient come first.  I always try to adhere to this principle and to treat my patients the way that I would want to be treated.  I try to be very judicious when recommending or offering surgery to my patients.  I try to have a subspecialized practice in the field of shoulder and elbow surgery so that I can develop expertise in treating my patients for problems in this area."


  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Board Certifications

Dr. Hartzler does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • 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
  • Partially Dislocated Elbow (Nursemaid Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • 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 Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • 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
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

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


  • University Of Texas / Austin Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
  • U Of Tx Southwestern Med Sch At Dallas
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • Mayo Medical School
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Mayo Medical School
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2013
  • Florida Orthopaedic Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
  • The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Mayo Graduate School-Masters Of Science In Biomedical Sciences
    Other Education | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Hartzler has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hartzler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hartzler to family and friends
based on 33 total reviews (24 with comments)
Dr. Hartzler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (24)
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Hartzler is the best! Broke my arm, compund fracture, and I was in surgery within hours. He was very compassionate and always explained very clearly what would be happening and how I should handle my recovery. I was pretty scared and he put me at ease that everything would be alright. The staff at The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group was great and I never had to wait too long for any appointment.
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Hartzler fully replaced my shoulder in May and I could not be more pleased ! From the first time I met him through yesterday's visit, he was fantastic in every aspect. I cannot imagine a better Orthopedic Surgeon anywhere. He did a magnificent job on my shoulder and after 5 ½ months am back to 90 % and loving it. From my initial visit, pre-op, post-op and through the follow-up visits he was magnificent, totally caring, carefully listening to me and always available if I needed him. Superb!
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Hartzler and his staff at the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group were tremendous. On my visits, the waiting times were minimal which I could not believe. The staff was very friendly and Dr. Hartzler was able to diagnosis my left shoulder problem and did an in office procedure that was able to resolve the pain in my shoulder. I had gone to another orthopedic group and they simply recommended therapy for my shoulder which did not help with the pain. I highly recommend Dr. Hartzler and is staff.
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Hartzler left the decision to have shoulder surgery up to me. With one ligament complete torn and two partially torn I decided I needed to have the surgery. With myofascial therapy, a healthy body from taking the dehydrated fruit and vegetable capsules, Fruit Plus+ and a very successful surgery in two and 1/2 months my shoulder is completely healed. I'm 77 years of age and very active and very pleased with the results.
in Cibolo, Texas |
Can't say enough good things about Dr. Hartzler. I've been a patient for almost two years. Dr. Hartzler is a very compassionate and caring surgeon. Continually went above and beyond in order to address all my orthopedic issues and addressed my concerns in a very timely manner. Highly recommend Dr. Robert Hartzler without any reserve.
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Hartlzer is very easy to talk to and he certainly kept me involved through every step of the process when he mended my broken femur. This was my first broken bone, and to break such a big one was a scary situation, but he promised I'd be back working out, running, cycling, and living a normal life - and he delivered! I highly recommend Dr. Hartzler if you ever need a good bone doctor!His Stone Oak office is very fast. I hardly have time to boot my phone before they are calling me in.
in San Antonio, TX |
I have been under Dr. Hartzler' scare for over 2 years and have been extremely satisfied with him. He performed my total shoulder replacement 7/2016 and I expected it would be a very painful recovery. I experienced minimal pain the first week after the surgery and did not need the pain medication. I did so well, I didn't even need to go to physical therapy. I owe all of this to my wonderful and talented, Dr. Hartzler. The staff is awesome as well.
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Robert Hartzler recently performed reverse shoulder replacement on my right shoulder. During my first visit he took time to explain how he could correct the problem. I had ample time to ask questions and he made certain I understood the procedure. He has continued to provide enough time in other visits also. In my estimation he is an exceptional and skilled surgeon who has been kind, caring and concerned about my progress. His office staff is well organized and professional.
in San Antonio, TX |
He is an excellent doctor. I have and will continue to recommend him for his exemplary care. He kept my husband informed of my progress and patiently answered all our questions.
San Antonio, Tx |
My experience with Dr. Hartzler for the first time without any previous knowledge of him what so ever, was with an elderly family member who fractured a leg. Dr. Hartzler was very deliberate with informing us every step of the way including letting the family know immediately after surgery how our loved one was doing, with a post-op x-ray pic of the repaired leg on his phone to reassure us how well the surgery went. Very professional, extremely talented. Post-op appointments went well!!!
Katy, TX |
Performed my shoulder surgery and was very thorough in both before and after the surgery in making sure that I understood everything and was happy with the process.
Lytle, Texas |
I had a serious problem with my shoulder and needed a reverse shoulder replacement in a big way. After having had a serious failure with prior orthopedic surgery on my feet, including a failed ankle replacement, I was apprehensive and skeptical about the outcome of my shoulder replacement. I have had an excellent outcome with my new shoulder with little pain throughout the recovery process. Dr. Hartzler was so competent, kind, caring, professional. He is amazing and the very best!!!
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Hartzler is the epitome of professionalism and expertise in the medical profession. He has the unique ability to explain a highly complex procedure in terms that a lay person can understand easily. The outcome from my surgery was even better than I had expected in terms of both pain management and overall restoration of function. I recommend Dr. Hartzler in the strongest terms possible and with absolutely no reservation. In my opinion, he is the best of the best.
in San Antonio, TX |
I saw Dr. Hartzler for my shoulder and had rotator cuff surgery. He explained the procedure and recovery process in a manner in which I could understand. My shoulder feels great and I am so glad I went to Dr. Hartzler for my shoulder.
in San Antonio, TX |
excellent surgeon. repaired my elbow and shoulder with no problems at all and a fast recovery time. highly recommend him.
New Braunfels, TX |
He told me he would call the very night I saw him. It was 7 days later and after 2-3 calls to his office before he called back. Then he suggested the next step to be an MRI which I agree to. His office was to call me the following week which was the week after Christmas. It is January 16 and I have yet to hear from them. I called his office twice........ I give up!
in San Antonio, TX |
Dr. Hartzler was my operating physician when I fell and injured my shoulder. He not only did a great job at identifying the tear and injury, but also an even better job at treating my torn rotator cuff. He explained the operation process and procedure every step of the way to me, and was very helpful in understanding every aspect of both the procedure and recovery process. My shoulder is recovering great and I can now start to gain back my ability to return back to my everyday life.
in san antonio texas |
He was great, he knew what was wrong with my shoulder and took care of it. I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder and after months of dealing with the pain Dr. Hartzler helped me get my life back. I was more then pleased with not only him but his staff because as someone who works for an insurance company the staff many times is just as important as the doctor. Everyone helped to make the process as easy as possible.
in San Antonio, TX |
Fantastic. NEVER had any pain, healed quickly, almost invisible scaring.
in L, Texas |
Wait time way too long. Dr Hartzler is snide and flippant. He wouldn't even try to discuss what my previous surgeries had done to my shoulder nor did he seem competent to generate a course of action for my shoulder. He spent approximately 5 minutes with me after making me wait an hour and 45 minutes. Dr Hartzler came highly recommended and I left highly disappointed.
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in San antonio, TX |
Saw Dr. Hartzler after a shoulder injury. Explained problem and treatment options clearly. Tried conservative treatment but did end up needing surgery which went well.
in San Antonio, TX |
I saw Dr Hartzler after I thought I'd strained my R shoulder while tugging my seat belt too hard. He told me I tore my rotator cuff and would require surgery. He performed procedure in August 2015 and walked me through entire, 6-week recovery process and what to expect during that time. I'd recommend Dr Hartzler to anyone!
in San Antonio, Tx |
Had shoulder surgery 4 years ago. ROM was shot and I was in constant pain. Went to see other orthopedic surgeons and was told I would need a shoulder replacement. Pain management doctor suggested Dr. Hartzler. Said he was the Michael Jordan of shoulders. He was wrong. He is actually the Michael Jordan and Dr. J of shoulders. Dr. Hartzler placed skin graft between joint in place of my worn away cartilage. He also repaired my SLAP repair by doing tenodesis. Everything has worked out great.
in San Antonio, TX |
I saw Dr. Hartzler for severe shoulder pain and the inability to basically function with my left arm. His initial diagnosis was frozen shoulder. We tried injections and ultimately determined that surgery was the best option. I found him to be an excellent doctor - both in terms of listening and not pushing for surgery immediately. His surgical skills and team are exceptional. Within a week I was able to start physical therapy and am very pleased with the results.
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