Dr. Samuel Harmsen, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery  |  
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Age 38
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Dr. Samuel Harmsen, MD
Dr. Samuel Harmsen is thrilled to be joining the outstanding physicians at The Orthopedic Clinic Association. He is fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery with advanced training in complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction. Dr. Harmsen specializes in the treatment of all shoulder and elbow conditions including sports related, reconstructive, and traumatic injury. He performs arthroscopic and open surgical techniques and is uniquely skilled with reverse shoulder replacement and revision shoulder surgery. He also treats general orthopaedic trauma of the upper and lower extremities. Dr. Harmsen was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah majoring in Japanese and Asian Studies, interrupting his studies to serve a two-year mission for his church in Japan. Prior to medical school he enjoyed several years of ski instructing at one of his favorite ski resorts, Deer Valley, UT. Dr. Harmsen has had the opportunity to train under some of the world's most renowned leaders in shoulder and elbow surgery. Following orthopaedic residency, he completed a complex shoulder and elbow fellowship at the San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow and Hand Clinic under Drs. Tom Norris and James Kelly. After fellowship, he extended his training by spending time with Dr. Laurent LaFosse in Annecy, France, and Dr. Pascal Boileau in Nice, France. This specialty training has helped him gain unique skills in advanced shoulder and elbow arthroscopy and reconstruction that are not widely available in Arizona. Dr. Harmsen is very active in orthopedic research, having published and presented at a number of local, national, and international meetings. His primary area of interest is shoulder surgery, particularly in clinical results with shoulder arthroplasty. Dr. Harmsen plans to establish the Arizona Shoulder and Elbow Institute and, together with TOCA, develop a center of excellence within Arizona for shoulder and elbow research, education, and patient care. Dr. Harmsen likes to create a professional but relaxed clinical atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and able to ask questions freely. He wants you to leave each visit confident and encouraged. His clinical approach is centered around each patient's individual concerns and goals. He believes that clear communication, patient education, and patient participation are vital to the success of any treatment, whether operative or non-operative. RECOVERY. RESULTS. RELIEF.

2222 E Highland Ave Ste 300

Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Dr. Samuel Harmsen, MD

Dr. Samuel Harmsen, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Harmsen's Experience

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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
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  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Surgery

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Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)


  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Utah
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
  • George Washington University / School Of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 2009
  • Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
  • The San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow, and Hand Ases Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Harmsen's Reviews

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based on 34 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Harmsen's Performance
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  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Phoenix AZ |
I was very pleased with everything from the time I made the appointment to the time I left. Looking forward to the next step in getting my issues identified and resolved.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr harmsen is a caring and skilled surgeon. He did my reverse shoulder replacement in 2016. It was a challenging surgery and he did a great job. I can use my shoulder like I haven't been able to in years, but more than that I had almost no pain within 6 months. I would not only recommend him, I would suggest looking no further. His patients are clearly very important to him.
in Glendale, AZ |
It's been a year now since my rotator cuff surgery and I'm able to do things I have done in years! I have no pain or restrictions in my movement. At 55 I still participate in martial arts 3 days a week and golf almost everyday. Dr. Harmsen and his team were fantastic.
in Scottsdale, AZ |
Dr harmsen and his staff have been treating me for a bad shoulder for about 2 years. I wanted to try conservative approaches to treatment. Dr harmsen has been very honest and upfront throughout the whole process. My x-ray and MRI showed some damage. The surgery was performed about 13 days ago and I'm recuperating well. Dr harmsen found quite a bit of damage in my shoulder that the X-ray and MRI did not show and he repaired that stuff. His support staff is fantastic.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Harmsen took care of a rotator cuff injury for me. My recovery is progressing extremely well and I believe that is entirely due to Dr. Harmsens' skill. During visits with him and in planning the surgery Dr. Harmsen was very pleasant and professional, explained my options and the process completely, without talking down to me as another in his position might. I really don't have the ability to say how thoroughly pleased I am with his manner and his work.
in Gilbert, AZ |
I had adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) of my left shoulder. I admit I was skeptical that my problem would be resolved with just cortisone shots and physical therapy. However, after three months of therapy and two cortisone shots, I regained my mobility. Dr. Harmsen was very thorough in explaining why he felt surgery should be the last option. He answered all my questions and I sincerely appreciated that.
in tempe, az |
The injection into my shoulder for pain was done efficiently and after a thorough examination. He spoke clearly of expected outcomes and probable effectiveness in my age group. He listened carefully and asked appropriate questions. Would recommend him to others without hesitation.
in apache junctionPhoenix, AZ |
went in for shoulder pain took x rays said shoulder was separated said go to the er and have it put back so hafter 187.50 later at the er shoulder is not separated it has scar tissue
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr Harmsen has an excellent bed side manner, very knowledgable and patient.I had a revisitation surgery on my right shoulder. Going in there were a lot of existing unknowns and several different things that could have negative results on the operation everything was explained patiently and thoroughly by Dr Harmsen. The operation was very successful even though a bone graph was necessary. My shoulder is good and I am very pleased with Dr Harmsen. Highly recommend him for any shoulder issues.
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Dr. Harmsen accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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    Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Oasis Hospital
750 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Banner - Unviersity Medical Center Phoenix
1111 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Banner Baywood Medical Center
6644 E Baywood Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
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Banner Gateway Medical Center
1900 N Higley Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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