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dr. andrew harner

Dr. Andrew Harner is a Board Certified Surgeon who completed his medical school and general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, before receiving advanced minimally invasive surgery, robotics, and bariatric surgery training at the UT Health Houston, one of the nation’s largest centers for advanced robotic surgery. Following his training, he returned to Alabama, where he was born, to join Alabama Bariatrics, bringing along his wife and two young boys.

Dr. Harner has published extensively on a broad range of general surgery topics and has presented at numerous national surgical conferences with a focus on quality improvement and access to care. In particular, he has an interest in expanding access to minimally invasive surgical approaches, which have been shown to result in faster patient recovery and improved outcomes. He has a passion for surgical education and has been a contributing author for several book chapters.

Dr. Harner specializes in advanced minimally invasive general surgery and robotics with a focus on bariatric and foregut surgery. He enjoys working closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve their health goals.


  • Advanced Endoluminal Management of Acute and Chronic Leaks after Bariatric Surgery. Harner A, Guerra F, Shinil S, Kulvinder B, Walker P, Wilson E, Felinski M. Mini-Invasive Surg. January 2024.

  • Large Primary Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Liver in a 57-year-old female presenting with MSSA Bacteremia. Sakharuk I, Wehrle C, Harner A, McKenzie J, Kruse J. The American Surgeon, Brief Report. November 2021.
  • Diverticular Disease. Harner A, Stadsvold B, Bolduc A. The 5-Minute Clinical Consult. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2021.

  • Risk Factors Associated with Invasive Fungal Infections in Kidney Transplant Patients. Leitheiser S, Harner A, Waller JL, Turrentine J, Baer S, Kheda M, Nahman S. American Journal of the Medical Sciences. February 2020.
  • Diverticular Disease. Harner A, Bateson B, Holsten S. The 5-Minute Clinical Consult. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2020.

  • Differential Expression of Prostaglandin E2 Receptors in Porcine Kidney Transplants. Harner A, Wang Y, Fang X, Merchen T, Cox P, Ho S, Kleven D, Thompson T, Nahman S. Transplantation Proceedings. July 2019.
  • Resection of an Inferior Vena Cava Leiomyosarcoma. Harner A, Chung J, Pham T, Ryan N, Agarwal G, Kumar-Kavuri S, Estes L, Kruse E. The American Surgeon, Brief Report. May 2019.
  • Thoracic Intracavitary Ultrasonographic Localization of a Mediastinal Bronchogenic Cyst. Harner A, Schroeder C. The American Surgeon, Brief Report. March 2019.
  • Acute Esophageal Necrosis Resulting in Esophageal Perforation. Harner A, Mitchell A, Kilbourne M. The American Surgeon, Brief Report. March 2019.
  • Hemostasis Module. Harner A, Alva-Ruiz R, Kruse E, Webb E. ACS/APDS/ASE Resident Prep Curriculum. May 2018.
  • Is Depression Associated with Worse Outcomes Among Women Undergoing Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy? Drinane J, Pham T, Oh J, Harner A., Ritter E. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Feb 2017 5(2S).
  • Added Value for Resident-Led vs Faculty-Led Surgery Skills Training Lab. Harner A, Hughes CA. Journal Scout. Feb 2015;1:5


  • Administrative Chief Resident, 2021 – 2022
  • Co-founder of the Resident Education Committee at Medical College of Georgia, 2018
  • Lead Resident Educator, 2018 – 2020