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Dr. Charles Harvey - UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics, Altoona, PA

Dr. Charles Harvey

Dr. Charles Harvey is the Medical Director of UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics. Dr. Harvey has been providing orthopedic care to the residents of Blair County since 1992. He has steadily built a reputation as an experienced physician, accurate diagnostician and excellent surgeon.

He has been practicing in Altoona since 1992.

Dr. Harvey is a fellowship trained spinal surgeon; with an additional focus in surgeries related to the hip, including hip fractures and total hip replacement. His interest in spinal surgery ranges from lumbar epidural spinal injections to complex deformity and spinal fusions. Other commonly performed procedures include:

        - Lumbar Discectomy
        - Lumbar Fusion
        - Cervical Discectomy with Fusion
        - Total Disc Replacement
        - Infusion Pumps
        - Spinal Cord Stimulators
        - Primary and Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty

In 2012, with the strong support of Altoona Regional Health Systems, Dr. Harvey became the Medical Director of Elite Orthopaedics. Since that time, the practice has grown to four physicians and six physician assistance. "We have been blessed with a great staff, including the area's finest nurses and physician assistants-this entire group of individuals is committed to helping our patients."

"The most rewarding part of my job is the potential to relieve some of the musculoskeletal pain of our patients. The residents of Blair County are wonderful, hardworking people. It is a privilege to work in this area."

Dr. Harvey's hobbies include cycling the roads of Blair County, music, reading and time spent with family.

Medical Degree:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Orthopedic Surgery, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatric Orthopedics and Spine Surgery, Shriners Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


    • Physical Therapy Medical Director, UPMC Altoona,
        620 Howard Ave., Altoona, PA 16602: 2005
    • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 2005 Valley View Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602: 1992
    • Altoona Hospital, 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602: 1992
    • Bon Secours Holy Family Hospital, 7th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602: 1992
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
    • Pennsylvania Medical Society
    • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society

Honors and Awards:

    • Allegheny Family Physicians Clinical Teacher of the Year: 1993 - 1994
    • New York University's Founder's Day Award: 1979

Primary Specialty:

    • Spinal Disorders (Back & Neck)
    • Hip Surgery

Board Certification

    • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery

In Practice Since

    • 1992