David C. Harkins, DO


Joined 2011

Dr. Harkins specializes in shoulder, upper extremity, and reconstructive surgery as well as fracture and degenerative care. Dr. Harkins is trained in the most advanced technology for shoulder reconstruction and sport injury surgery.


Medical School

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV


Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Shoulder and Elbow Surgery



Research / Publications

Book Chapters

“Alternatives to Replacement Arthroplasty for Glenohumeral Arthritis.
Sumant G. Krishnan, David C. Harkins, Wayne Z. Burkhead, Jr.
Disorders of the Shoulder: Diagnosis and Management”.
Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins (2007, 2nd Edition, Pages 655-673).
Editors: Joseph Iannotti, Gerald R. Williams, Jr.

“Options for Arthritis in the Young Patient”.
David C. Harkins, Sumant G. Krishnan, Wayne Z. Burkhead, Jr.
Shoulder Arthroplasty: Complex Issues in the Primary and Revision Setting.
Editors: Stephen Fealy, John Sperling, Russell F. Warren, Edward Craig.
Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. (2008, Pages 120-138).


“Arthroscopic Repair of Full-Thickness Tears of the Rotator Cuff in Patients
Younger than 40 Years”.
Sumant G. Krishnan, David C. Harkins, Shadley C. Schiffern,
Scott D. Pennington.
Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery (March 2008,
Vol. 24, Issue 3, Pages 324-328).

“Arthroscopic Ulnohumeral Arthroplasty for Degenerative Arthritis of the Elbow in
Patients Under Fifty Years of Age”.
Sumant G. Krishnan, David C. Harkins, Scott D. Pennington, Donnis Harrison.
Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery (July 2007, Vol. 16, Issue 4,
Pages 443-448).

“Technique for Internal Fixation of the Capitellum and Lateral Trochlea Fractures”.
Mark Mighell, David C. Harkins, David Klein, Scott Schneider, Mark Frankle.
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma (Nov/Dec. 2006, Vol. 20, Issue 10,
Pages 699-704).

“Total Shoulder Versus Hemiarthroplasty”.
Sumant G. Krishnan, David C. Harkins, Wayne Z. Burkhead, Jr.
Elements in Decision Making Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
(Dec. 2004, Vol. 5, Issue 4, Pages 208-213).


AOAO Fall Convention 2004.
“Determination of Contact Pressures at the Tendon Bone Interface in Rotator Cuff Repairs”.

AANA Annual Meeting 2005.
“Arthroscopy Treatment of Spinoglenoid Notch Cysts”.

AOAO Spring Convention 2005.
“Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs”.
Honors / Awards
AOAO – 1st Place – Scientific Paper Award 2004.
“Determination of Contact Pressures at the Tendon Bone Interface in Rotator Cuff Repairs”.
David C. Harkins, Mark A. Mighell, Mark Frankle, D. Scott Devinney.

1st Place – Scientific Paper – Hand Surgery Section 2005.
“Technique of Internal Fixation of Capitellum Fractures”.
David C. Harkins, Mark A. Mighell, Mark Frankle.


Dr. Harkins enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.


Dr. Harkins enjoys participating in sports, both his own and his children’s. He enjoys trying to stay in shape and runs 3 times a week, works out, and participates in Karate. He runs 5Ks and 10Ks occasionally, when time permits, and is considering training for a triathlon. He reads and is very involved in his church and medical mission trips.

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; Certificate of Added Qualifications in Shoulder and Elbow

Hospital Affiliations

Eastside Medical Center, Snellville
Piedmont Walton Hospital, Monroe
Athens Orthopedic Surgery Center, Athens
Athens Orthopedic Surgery Center, Loganville

Meet Dr. Harkins

Athens Orthopedic Clinic

1765 Old West Broad St. Bldg. 2, Ste. 200,
Athens, Georgia 30606

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