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General Surgeon

Richard J. Harding, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Surgeon

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Richard J. Harding, M.D., F.A.C.S is a board-certified General Surgeon and has been in private practice; performing general surgery procedures since 1995. Dr. Harding has more than 25 years of experience in using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Harding's skill at small incision surgery and his high success rate, attract patients not only throughout Arizona, but from neighboring Utah, Nevada and New Mexico, as well as California, Canada, and Mexico.

Dr. Harding utilizes state-of-the-art technology for diagnostic testing, and most modern surgical techniques for surgery. This includes the use of advanced technology such as single site laparoscopic surgery and robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Harding has dedicated a large part of his practice to endocrine surgery. He has performed over 1400 endocrine operations within the last 4 years, for adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid conditions. He is active in the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and participates as a committee member for the Community Based Surgeons. He is very familiar with the latest treatment guidelines for both thyroid and parathyroid diseases. For patients' convenience, many diagnostic tests and minor procedures can be performed in his office, including ultrasound studies and biopsies.

Dr. Harding also treats simple and complex hernias, gallbladder disease, colon cancer, diverticulitis, and gastroesophageal reflux conditions. He performs many abdominal wall reconstructions in patients who have severe hernia conditions, usually resulting from prior surgical procedures or failed ventral hernia repairs.

Dr. Harding graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University and went on to graduate from medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1989. He completed his surgical training at Georgetown University in 1995. Dr. Harding also served in the US Naval Reserve from 1989 to 2004. In 2003 he served on active duty as a Commander in the U.S. Navy in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dr. Harding is a founding member of Arizona Associated Surgeons, a private practice formed with the goal of providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive patient care. He now serves as the Section Chief for the Division of General Surgery at St JosephÕs Medical Center.

Through his education and years of practice, Dr. Harding developed expertise in performing minimally invasive operations, which utilize small incisions. This type of surgery allows patients to recover more quickly, with less scarring and pain. Regarding his approach to surgery, Dr. Harding says, "I enjoy helping patients feel better. It gives me great satisfaction to perform surgery that not only addresses the surgical condition but also provides a substantial improvement in his or her quality of life."

Dr. Harding is happily married to a beautiful nurse, with four children and has resided in Arizona for the past 20 years.


Dr. Harding is a member of these organizations:

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Arizona Chapter American College of Surgeons
  • Phoenix Surgical Society
  • Maricopa Medical Society
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery
  • Southwest Surgical Society
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Dr. Harding is proud to be a contributor and supporter of the Red Rocks Music Festival.

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For more information on the Red Rocks Music Festival please click this link: Red Rocks Music Festival

Our Location and Contact Info

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  • Main Location:
  • Third Street Surgical
  • 2320 N 3rd Street
  • Phoenix, AZ 85004
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