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About Dr. Brian J Harley

Dr. Brian J Harley, MD is a Doctor primarily located in East Syracuse, NY. He has 23 years of experience. His specialties include Surgery of the Hand and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Harley is affiliated with Crouse Hospital Inc. Dr. Harley has received 2 awards. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

19 Ratings with 5 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Brian J Harley is Great. Dr. Brian J Harley has been rated by 19 patients. From those 19 patients 5 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Brian J Harley is 4.1 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Upstate Orthopedics

6620 Fly Rd Ste 100
East Syracuse, NY 13057
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Dr. Brian J Harley has the following 2 specialties

  • Surgery of the Hand

    Hand surgeons are certified surgeons who are also experts in the function and structure of your wrists, hands and forearms. This allows them to treat arthritis, carpal tunnel, trigger finger and tennis elbow, most of which tend to result from repetitive and excessive use of the corresponding joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
    Hand surgeons also commonly work with patients who have fractures or broken bones from any kind of accident. If you're experiencing any kind of general pain in your hand, wrist or forearm that isn’t going away, a hand surgeon is probably your best resource.

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Expertise

    6 Expertise

  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Infections

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never again

Very poor bedside manner doesnt listen to concerns and doesnt take time to explain things and most of the time u see a NP instead of him very poor experience. Felt like a number not a patient.

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Dr. Harley is a difficult person for me to review. I liked some things ... others not so much. I saw him for a second opinion about a fairly common problem of the elbow and hand. Even though I believed my first surgeon was correct with the diagnosis, I wanted to be sure surgery was necessary and be sure I was choosing the right surgeon. After careful thought and consideration, I decided not to have him do my surgery. There were things I liked about him--I think he is technically competent and knowledgeable, and he spent adequate time with me discussing my situation. What I didn't like about him was his general attitude. He presented only one way of doing my surgery and refused to entertain any other method that he might have to use--as if he could see inside my arm before opening it up and knew his way was the only way. I've done enough research to know that there are 3 different methods of doing my surgery depending on what they find when they get in there. He was also rather arrogant and behaved as if this was a "nothing" kind of procedure--in fact, I was quite surprised at the end when he asked me when I wanted him to do the surgery. I had fully expected him to basically say he didn't want to be bothered with it. He was also very inflexible about the expected recovery time and time off work. It was an insanely short period of time for this type of surgery--less than half the amount of time most recommend, and frankly I couldn't imagine being forced to go back to work at a job where I have to use my arm and hand constantly with that kind of inflexible surgeon being in charge of signing off on my disability papers, who basically told me during our discussion "It doesn't matter how you are feeling, I say you can return to work at (such and such time)." I've had a number of orthopedic surgeries and I know everyone recovers at different rates and there is no "one size fits all" recovery plan for anything. I want to be able to have input into when I would feel able to return to my job. I'm in a lot of pain now while waiting for surgery and am working through that; last thing I want to do is return to work at a time when I'm still in a lot of pain. I decided to go with a surgeon who is both technically competent/experienced AND has a more flexible/individualized plan for the surgical procedure and recovery expectations.

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Reconstructive Foot Surgery

Excellent doctor! Very compassionate, caring, and meticulous. My wife has had severe rheumatoid arthritis for many years, and her feet were extremely deformed. She had both of them completely reconstructed with artificial joints installed (for permanency) and plates. Recovery time, as you can imagine, was pretty significant - several months before being able to walk on them again, and several more months before everything returned to 'normal'. Her feet look like regular feet now, and she can wear shoes she wasn't able to wear for many years. What a blessing! Dr. Harley is a neat guy. His small office gives no hint as to the fantastic kind of person and doctor he is. He won't lead you on to believe things that aren't true; he tells you exactly what to expect along each step of the way. Also, while my wife was in the hospital, he was constantly onto some of the staff there about what he expected them to do for her as far as pain management and other things were concerned. You really can't go wrong with Dr. Harley. Give him a try!

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Five Stars

i was hit by a truck that was moving fifty mph, i was not in a vehicle. Dr. harley literally pieced me back together, and if it was for the scars, you couldn't tell by looking at me that there was ever an accident. Dr. Harley is a wonderful surgeon :)

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One Star

castd my sons thumb operation when he was only four months old to the shoulders, even after x-rays showed his right elbow didn't quite fit like a puzzle because of his syndrome, but all in all he had movement of the right joint. But he cased him above the shoulder anyway. Since we have seen many specailist since all say the same you never cover/case over a joint/moveable,but Harley did for 3weeks and now my son has no movement of the joint and no Dr. has any good news on the joint, its frozen in a 90 degree angle, with no movement thanks to Dr. Harley.

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  • Awards

    2 Awards

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

    Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

    Castle Connolly is America's trusted source for the identification of Top Doctors. Their physician-led research team reviews and screens the credentials of tens of thousands of physicians who are nominated by their peers annually, via a nationwide online process, before selecting those physicians who are regionally or nationally among the very best in their medical specialties. Castle Connolly believes strongly that Top Doctors Make a Difference™.

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2016)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Harley is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    23 Years Experience

  • University Of Alberta Faculty Of Medicine And Dentistry

    Graduated in 1995

  • Suny Health Science Center


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Brian J Harley accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice EPO
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna NYC Community Plan
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Capital District Physicians Health Plan
    • CDPHP New York State of Health - Small Business
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Empire BCBS
    • Empire Blue Priority EPO
    • Empire PPO
    • Empire Prism EPO Blue Priority
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • MVP Health Plan
    • MVP HMO
    • MVP Preferred PPO
    • MVP Premier Plus HMO Small Groups
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO
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Locations & Directions

Upstate Orthopedics, 6620 Fly Rd Ste 100, East Syracuse, NY


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