Dr. Tara Harden, MD

Dr. Tara Harden, MD

General Surgery  |  
Female  |  
38 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Tara Harden, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Fort Walton Beach, FL. She is 38 years old and has been practicing for 12 years. Dr. Harden is affiliated with Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Tara R Harden, MD

1775 Lewis Turner Blvd Ste 101

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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Accepted insurance

  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Community Health Choice
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth

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Dr. Harden's Experience

Dr. Harden's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in General Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Harden "I am a general surgeon that provides general surgical services & endoscopy services to the public.  I believe that my patients should understand their diagnosis & planned procedure & that this provides comfort & confidence when undergoing an unfamiliar procedure.   I strive to make sure patients have all of their questions answered in terms they understand."


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  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Lump
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Cellulitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colitis
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diverticulitis
  • Empyema
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skin Cancer
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Amputation
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Endoscopy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophagogastroscopy
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Skin Grafts
  • Splenectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

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 Alabama
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
  • University of Alabama At Birmingham
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • University of South Alabama Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • University of South Alabama Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Harden has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

is a Healthgrades Top-Rated Hospital

Hospital Quality

2017 Five Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery

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Dr. Harden's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Harden to family and friends
based on 13 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Harden's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Fort Walton Beach, Florida |
I would highly recommend Dr Harden. She took her time and explained what needed to be done. She answered all the questions.. Thank You
in Gulf Breeze, FL |
I absolutely love Dr. Harden. She was so professional and took care of my needs. You can tell her passion is being a surgeon. Highly Highly recommend. Even her staff put me at ease. I will definitely be back. ????
in Fort walton beach, Fl |
I was diagnosed with colon cancer andDr. Harden was recommended by some of my health care friends to perform my colon resection. I am so thankful I chose her. She is very sweet and smart. I felt comfortable with her from the start. Now 2 years later I can barely see my scar that is about 6 inched down the middle of my stomach. I couldn't have asked for a better doctor!!!!
in Ft Walton Beach, FL |
Today marks 6 months of my breast biopsy performed by Dr. Harden and I am still bruised/discolored. A surgical breast biopsy to remove a cyst of 1 cm (ONE CENTIMETER!!!) in diameter described to me as a "walk in the park" turned out to be the worst nightmare of my life! She left me with a big, ugly, puffy scar right on top of my breast that no bikini top will ever be able to cover, not to talk about that half of my breast tissue is gone. It looks terrible and I feel terrible. Bad experience!
in Crestview, FL |
Visited Dr. Harden for a consult regarding gallstone surgery. Dr. Harden broke down the CT scan item by item and relieved many of my concerns. She was knowledgeable and I left feeling confident and relieved as she addressed my concerns and thankful to know no surgery was needed.
Thank you Cindy! Please contact the office if you have any more questions or concerns.
in Niceville, FL |
I contacted Dr. Harden for hernia surgery after having had a bad experience with another surgeon. She took the time to explain the procedure and her experience and patiently answered my questions and concerns. The operation was slightly complicated but a complete success. I walked out of the hospital that morning. The follow-up visits and recovery were perfect. I highly recommend Dr. Harden with complete confidence.
Thank you very much! Please contact the office if you have any other questions or concerns.
in Fort Walton Beach, FL |
Fantastic, in a word. She must carry a thesaurus in her head to explain stuff to me in a way I understood. Once I caught on, I understood. But she is also caring in surgery in how she made me look after it was all said and done. I don't look like a chop-shop. I have a little cleavage and a little muscle so when I am wearing clothing, my breast removal is not that noticeable. The thing I loved most is the wall of arrogance she does NOT have around her; and same with her staff.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Harden accepts 25 insurance carriers
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Community Health Choice
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Veteran Administration Plan
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Harden has admitting privileges

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
1000 Mar Walt Dr
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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