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 in 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.

Our Patients love Dr. Harmsen!

Amazed at the service I received from you!! I had an appointment with “another” orthopedic practice set for 9 days and they called me the DAY before to tell me they now didn’t take my insurance (info I could have used EIGHT DAYS AGO!!) I endured the pain for 8 days! Then I called your practice and had an appointment in two hours!..here’s how it went…

I went to TOCA at 2222 E. Highland at 2pm … filled out paperwork and they said they’d get me right in..less than 5 minutes later I’m in the room..less than 3 minutes later Dr. is in..he say X-ray will be right in.. less than 30 seconds later I’m off to X’ray..10 minutes later I’m back in the room…3 minutes later & the Dr. is back in the room and explains no rips or tears just arthritis that I can help heal with anti-inflammatories and excercise…say they will be right in to drain my knee and give me a cortisone shot..less than 1 minute later the tech is there and less than 3 minutes later procedure is done and I have instructions…I ask if it’s OK to see the X-rays and the doctor says “Sure!” and explains everything and give me a quick biology lesson to boot! By MILES the most efficient Doctor visit I have had EVER! Amazing … I’m inviting them to St. Croix! THIS is how to run a practice!!!

Dear Dr. Harmsen, I just want to thank you again for the beautiful surgery you performed on my left elbow. It is as straight as a stick, and I am able to use it for almost everything now. I am not sure I would have had the surgery on my elbow if you had not encouraged me to have it done. Keep doing what you do best!

I’m writing in this amazing Brace,

Dear Dr. Harmsen:

Thank you for putting me back together again! You are an amazing doctor with awesome “bedside” manners. The trip to Europe with my family would not have happened if it wasn’t for you.

Thank you so much!

Dr. Harmsen & Shannon –

Thank you for taking such great care of me. Both of you have such great bedside manner and are very professional! Not so much that you have become robots – lol! I really can’t thank you enough. You both have made this experience a positive one. 5 starts out of 5! Referral for sure. Thank you again!

Dear Dr. Harmsen –

It is a good thing I broke my arm last year so that I would meet the best and nicest doctor I have ever had. Your friendly personality and caring ways make you the BEST. Thank you so much!

Dr. Harmsen in the News

On Saturday February 27th, Dr. Samuel Harmsen participated on the Bunker to Bunker Golf Radio show, in a live interview. We invite you to listen as he provides advice on golf related injuries and prevention!

TOCA was honored to once again support the Arthritis Foundation for the 2016 GlitzGlamGive Gala. All of the Physicians and staff here are TOCA are proud of Physician Dr. Earl Feng, who has been a Medical Honoree and dedicates his time and talents to the Arizona Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Evan Lederman and Dr. Samuel Harmsen also attended the event to raise money for a cure.

Congratulations to Dr. Harmsen, Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Physician at TOCA! He will be speaking at 2 podium paper presentations for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting this year in Orlando, Florida March 1-5th, 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Harmsen who has co-authored a paper that will be published in an upcoming issue of The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Congratulations to Dr. Harmsen who has had two papers accepted for podium presentation at the 2016 AAOS annual meeting in Orlando Florida!

Dr. Harmsen serves these TOCA locations: