Biography

Dr. Chris Harner is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). In addition, he serves as the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for the department and the Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Harner specializes in sports medicine with an emphasis on surgery of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Harner earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He then completed his medical degree at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Harner went on to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a sports medicine/knee and shoulder fellowship at Salt Lake City Knee and Sports Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Harner is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He also serves on numerous editorial review boards for publications like Advances in Orthopedic Surgery, The American Journal of Knee Surgery, and Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. In line with his academic and research interest, Dr. Harner is a reviewer for scientific journals including The American Journal of Sports Medicine and the Journal of Orthopedic Research.

Education

Undergraduate Degree
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Medical Degree
University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Residency
Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Pittsburgh
Fellowship
Sports Medicine and Shoulder and Knee Fellowship, Salt Lake City Knee and Sports Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah

Contact Information

713.486.7500 Office
713.512.2234 Fax

Publications

Publication Information

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Surgical Management of Knee Dislocations: Surgical Technique” Harner, CD, Chhabra, A, Cha PS, Rihn JA, Cole B, Bennett CH, Waltrip RL. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2005, 87(A) 1-21

“Biomechanical Analysis of a Combined Double-Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament and Posterolateral Corner Reconstruction” Sekiya JK, Haemmerle MJ, Stabile KJ, Vogrin TM, Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2005 Mar;33(3):360-9.

“Graft Selection In Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction” West RV, Harner CD. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2005 May-Jun;13(3):197-207

“Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Adaptations of Patients with Isolated Deficiency of the Posterior Cruciate Ligament” Fontbote CA, Sell TC, Laudner KG, Haemmerle M, Allen CR, Margheritini F, Lephart SM, Harner CD. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2005 Jul;33(7):982-9.

“Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Outbreak In A Local High School Football Team Uncuccessful Intervention” Rihn JA, Posfay-Barbe K, Harner CD, Macurak A, Farley A, Greenawalt K, Michaels MG. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2005 Sep;24(9):841-843.

“Clinical Outcomes After Isolated Arthroscopic Single-Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction” Sekiya JK, West RV, Ong BC, Irrgang JJ, Fu FH, Harner CD. Arthroscopy. 2005 Sep;21(9):1042-50.

“Biomechanics of Initial Tibial Fixation in Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction” Margheritini F, Rihn JA, Mauro CS, Stabile KJ, Woo SL, Harner CD. Arthroscopy. 2005 Oct;21(10):1164-71.

“Reduction of Verbal Pain Scores after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with 2-Day Continuous Femoral Nerve Block: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Williams BA, Kentor ML, Vogt MT, Irrgang JJ, Bottegal MT, West RV, Harner CD, Fu FH, Williams JP. Anesthesiology. 2006 Feb;104(2):315-327.

“Clinical Outcomes Following Isolated Lateral Meniscal Allograft Transplantation.” Sekiya JK, West RV, Groff YJ, Irrgang JJ, Fu FH, Harner CD. Arthroscopy. 2006 Jul;22(7):771-80.

“Does Irradiation Affect the Clinical Outcome of Patellar Tendon Allograft ACL Reconstruction?” Rihn JA, Irrgang JJ, Chhabra A, Fu FH, Harner CD. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2006 Sep;14(9):885-96

“Responsiveness of the International Knee Documentation Committee Subjective Knee Form.” Irrgang JJ, Anderson AF, Boland AL, Harner CD, Neyret P, Richmond JC, Shelbourne KD. Am J Sports Med. 2006 Oct;34(10):1567-73.

“Tunnel Expansion After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Autogenous Hamstrings: A Comparison of the Medial Portal and Transtibial Techniques.” Chhabra A, Kline AJ, Nilles KM, Harner CD. Arthroscopy. 2006 Oct;22(10):1107-1112.

“Potential strategies for improving orthopedic education. Strategic dialogue from the AOA Resident Leadership Forum Class of 2005.” Ranawat AS, Dirschl DR, Wallach CJ, Harner CD. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Jul;89(7):1633-40.

“Importance of Tibial Slope for Stability of the Posterior Cruciate Ligament Deficient Knee” Giffin JR, Stabile KJ, Zantop T, Vogrin TM, Woo SL, Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Sep;35(9):1443-1449.

“Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Landing Performance Subsequent to Ipsilateral Semitendinosus and Gracilis Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Vairo GL, Myers JB, Sell TC, Fu FH, Harner CD, Lephart SM. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2007 Nov 1.

“Anteromedial Portal Technique for Creating the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Femoral Tunnel.” Harner CD, Honkamp NJ, Ranawat AS. Arthroscopy. 2008 Jan;24(1):113-5

“Loss of Extension Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Analysis of Incidence and Etiology Using IKDC Criteria.” Mauro CS, Irrgang JJ, Williams BA, Harner CD. Arthroscopy. 2008 Feb;24(2):146-53.

“Current State of Fellowship Hiring: Is a Universal Match Necessary? Is it Possible?” Harner CD, Ranawat AS, Niederle M, Roth AE, Stern PJ, Hurwitz SR, Levine WN, DeRosa GP, Hu SS. J Bone Joint Surgery. 2008 Jun;90(6):1375-84.

“Posterolateral Corner Injury of the Knee: Evaluation and Management.” Ranawat A, Baker CL 3rd, Henry S, Harner CD. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2008 Sep;16(9):506-18.

“Meniscal Root Injury and Spontaneous Osteonecrosis of the Knee: An Observation. Robertson DD, Armfield DR, Towers JD, Irrgang JJ, Maloney WJ, Harner CD. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. 2009 Feb;91(2):190-5.

“Characterization of the Performance of a Custom Program for Image Processing of Pressure Sensitive Film.” Muriuki MG, Gilbertson LG, Harner CD. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 131, No. 1, 2009.

“Prediction of Patient-Reported Outcome After Single-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Kowalchuk DA, Harner CD, Fu FH, Irrgang JJ. Arthroscopy. 2009 May;25(5):457-63.

“Biomechanical Consequences of a Tear of the Posterior Root of the Medial Meniscus. Surgical Technique.” Harner CD, Mauro CS, Lesniak BP, Romanowski JR. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. 2009 Oct 1;91.

“Mapping Ligament Insertion Sites Onto Bone Surfaces in Knee by Co-registration of CT and Digitization Data. Li K, O’Farrell M, Martin D, Kopf S, Harner CD, Zhang X. Journal of Biomechanics. 42 (2009) 2624-2626.

“Vascular Safety During High Tibial Osteotomy: A Cadaveric Angiographic Study. Kim J, Allaire R, Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2010 Mar 3.

“Practice Patterns for Combined Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Meniscal Surgery in the United States.” Musahl V, Jordan SS, Colvin AC, Tranovich MJ, Irrgang JJ, Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2010 May;38(5):918-23.

“Patellar tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the high-demand patient: evaluation of autograft versus allograft reconstruction.” Mascarenhas R, Tranovich M, Karpie JC, Irrgang JJ, Fu FH, Harner CD. Arthroscopy.2010 Sep;26(9 Suppl):S58-66.

“Changes in Tibiofemoral Contact Mechanics Following Radial Split and Vertical Tears of the Medial Meniscus: An in Vitro Investigation of the Efficacy of Arthroscopic Repair.” Muriuki MG, Tuason DA, Tucker BG, Harner CD. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 May 13.

“Meniscal Root Suturing Techniques: Implications for Root Fixation.” Kopf S, Colvin AC, Muriuki M, Zhang X, Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Oct;39(10):2141-6.

”Treatment of Posterolateral Knee Injuries: Complex Considerations for Complex Injuries. Harner CD. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Sep 21;93(18):e108.

“Predictors of radiographic knee osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.” Li RT, Lorenz S, Xu Y, Harner CD, Fu FH, Irrgang JJ. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Dec;39(12):2595-603.

“Bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft versus hamstring autograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the young athlete: a retrospective matched analysis with 2-10 year follow-up. Mascarenhas R, Tranovich MJ, Kropf EJ, Fu FH, Harner CD. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2011 Nov 3.

“Allograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: indications, techniques, and outcomes.” Vyas D, Rabuck SJ, Harner CD. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2012;42(3):196-207.

“Medial Meniscus Tear Morphology and Chondral Degeneration of the Knee: Is There a Relationship?” Henry S, Mascarenhas R, Kowalchuk D, Forsythe B, Irrgang JJ, Harner CD. Arthroscopy. 2012 Mar 20.

“In Vivo Analysis of the Isolated Posterior Cruciate Ligament-Deficient Knee During Functional Activities.” Goyal K, Tashman S, Wang JH, Li K, Zhang X, Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Apr;40(4):777-85.

“Practice Patterns for Arthroscopy of Osteoarthritis of the Knee in the United States.” Potts A, Harrast JJ, Harner CD, Miniaci A, Jones MH. Am J Sports Med. 2012 May 4.

“Combined ACL-Posterolateral Corner Injury in a Skeletally Immature Athlete.” Mascarenhas R, Bonci G, Bowman KF, Forsythe B, Harner CD. J Knee Surg. 2012 Jul 30.

“Practice Patterns for Subacromial Decompression and Rotator Cuff Repair: An Analysis of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Database. Mauro CS, Jordan SS, Irrgang JJ, Harner CD. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Aug 15;94(16):1492-9.

“The Arthroscopic Surgical Skill Evaluation Tool (ASSET).” Koehler RJ, Amsdell S, Arendt EA, Bisson LJ, Bramen JP, Butler A, Cosgarea AJ, Harner CD, Garrett WE, Olson T, Warme WJ, Nicandri GT. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Apr 2.

“The Use of Blood Vessel-Derived Stem Cells for Meniscal Regeneration and Repair.” Osawa A, Harner CD, Gharaibeh B, Matsumoto T, Mifune Y, Kopf S, Ingham SJ, Schreiber V, Usas A, Huard J.Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013 May;45(5):813-23.

“Coronal Oblique Imaging of the Knee: Can it Increase Radiologists’ Confidence in Diagnosing Posterior Root Meniscal Tears?” Casagranda BU, Leeman J, Costello JM, Rafiee B, Harner CD. Clin Radiol. 2013 Jun;68(6):e316-22.

“The Effects of Meniscus Injury on the Development of Knee Osteoarthritis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Badlani JT, Borrero C, Golla S, Harner CD, Irrgang JJ. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jun;41(6):1238-44.

“Progression of Patellar Tendinitis Following Treatment with Platelet-Rich Plasma: Case Reports.” Bowman KF Jr, Muller B, Middleton K, Fink C, Harner CD, Fu FH. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2013 Sep;21(9):2035-9.

“The Effects of Meniscus Injury on the Development of Knee Osteoarthritis: Data From the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Badlani JT, Borrero C, Golla S, Harner CD, Irrgang JJ. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jun;41(6):1238-44.

“Complications After Arthroscopic Knee Surgery.” Salzler MJ, Lin A, Miller CD, Herold S, Irrgang JJ, Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Nov 27.

“Presidential Address of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine: Lifelong Learning–Mandate or Mission?” Harner CD. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Dec;41(12):2742-5.

“Anatomic Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction: A Global Perspective: Part 1.” Middleton KK, Hamilton T, Irrgang JJ, Karlsson J, Harner CD, Fu FH. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Feb 5

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

“Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery” Zelle BA, Herzka AS, Harner CD. Operative Techniques in Orthopedics. 15(1): 76-84, 2005.

“Single-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using the Medial Portal Technique” Cha PS, Chhabra A, Harner CD. Operative Techniques in Orthopedics. 15(2): 89-95, 2005.

“Management of the Multiple Ligament Injured Knee” Chhabra A, Kline AJ, Harner CD. Current Opinion in Orthopedics. 16: 107-111, 2005.

“Meniscus Injuries” Harner CD. Instructional Course Lectures Sports Medicine. 260-261, 2005.

“Semitendinosus and Gracilis Tendon Harvest in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Operative Techniques in Orthopedics” Seroyer ST, Chhabra A, Harner CD. Techniques in Orthopedics. 20 (3): 194-199, 2005.

“Single-Bundle Verses Double-Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Scientific Rationale and Surgical Technique” Chhabra A., Kline A., Harner CD. AAOS Instructional Course Lectures. 55: 497-507, 2006.

Textbook Chapters

Zehms C, Sekiya JK, Harner CD: Double Bundle PCL Reconstruction. In Harner CD, El Attrache N, Mirzyan R, Sekiya JK (Eds): Surgical Techniques in Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007, pp 421-428.

Ellingson CI, Sekiya JK, Harner CD: Meniscal allograft transplantation. In Harner CD, El Attrache N, Mirzyan R, Sekiya JK (Eds): Surgical Techniques in Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007, pp 477-482.

Harner, CD: Posterior Cruciate Ligament Repair and Reconstruction. In Micheli and Kocher (eds): The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 200

Chhabra A, Seroyer ST, Harner CD: Knee Dislocations. In Wiss DA (ed): Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery: Fractures. Philadelphia: Lippincott Willliams & Wilkins, 2006.

Baer GS, Harner CD: Clinical Outcomes of Allograft Versus Autograft in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. In Miller MD, Cohen SB, and Sekiya JK (eds): Clinics in Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2007, pp 661-681.

Tjoumakaris FJ, Buoncristiani AM, Harner CD: Meniscal Transplantation without Bone Plugs. In Jackson DW (ed): Reconstructive Knee Surgery, Third Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008, pp 97-106.

Tjoumakaris FJ, Buoncristiani AM, Harner CD: Double-Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. In Jackson DW (ed): Reconstructive Knee Surgery, Third Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008, pp 241-252.

Tjoumakaris FJ, Buoncristiani AM, Harner CD: Medial Collateral Ligament Reconstruction. In Jackson DW (ed): Reconstructive Knee Surgery, Third Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008, pp 279-274.

Koenig MD, Harner CD: Graft Choices. In Fu FH and Cohen SB (eds): Current Concepts in ACL Reconstruction. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorportated, 2008, pp 147-156.

Ranawat AS, Pombo MW, Harner CD: Single-Bundle ACL Reconstruction Technique: Medial Portal. In Fu FH and Cohen SB (eds): Current Concepts in ACL Reconstruction. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorportated, 2008, pp 215-231.

Lo M, Harner CD: Future of Allografts in Sports Medicine. In Johnson DL and Miller MD (eds): Clinics in Sports Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Incorporated, 2009, pp 327-340.

Honkamp NJ, Ranawat AS, Harner CD: Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in the Adult. In Drez, DeLee and Miller (eds): Orthopedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice, Third Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier, 2009, pp 1683-1713.

Honkamp NJ, Ranawat AS, Harner CD: Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in the Child. In Drez, DeLee and Miller (eds): Orthopedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice, Third Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier, 2009, pp 1713-1718.

Kropf EJ, Harner CD: Meniscus Root Repair. In Fu FH (ed): Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery: Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010, pp 263-270.

Romanowski JR, Harner CD: Medical Meniscal Transplant. In Fu FH (ed): Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery: Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010, pp 271-286.

Mauro CS, Karpie JC, Harner CD: Surgical Approach to PCL Injury. In Fu FH (ed): Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery: Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010, pp 431-442.

Lesniak BP, King ST, Harner CD: Surgical Management of Medial Collateral Ligament Injuries. In Fu FH (ed): Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery: Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010, pp 443-456.

Gilbert CA, Harner CD: Multiple-ligament Injuries of the Knee. In Margheritini F and Rossi R (eds): Orthopedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice. Milan: Springer-Verlag Italia, 2011, pp 383-396.

Chhabra A, Kline AJ, Harner CD: Single-Bundle Versus Double-Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Scientific Rationale and Surgical Technique. In Ahmad (ed): Instructional Course Lectures Sports Medicine, Volume 2. Rosemont, IL: AAOS, 2011, pp 435-446.

Vyas S, Harner CD: Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: In Scott WN (ed): Install & Scott Surgery of the Knee, Fifth Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2012, pp 406-415.

Bryant BJ, Musahl V, Harner CD: The Dislocated Knee: In Scott WN (ed): Install & Scott Surgery of the Knee, Fifth Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2012, pp. 565-581.

Bowman KF, Salim R, Harner CD: Multiligament Knee Reconstruction: The Pittsburgh Approach: In Cole BJ and Sekiya JK (eds): Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, 2013, pp. 903-915.

Baraga MG, Vassos C, Harner CD: Surgical Technique in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Partial-Tear and Bundle-Specific Reconstruction: In Limpisvasti and ElAttrache (eds.): Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Evolving Concepts. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2013, pp. 49-59.

“Stress Fractures of the Fifth Metatarsal.” Weller A, Mauro C, and Harner CD. In Miller and Kaeding (eds). Stress Fractures in Athletes: Diagnosis and Management. New York, Springer, 2014, pp. 149-160.