Thyroid Nodule Treatment Center
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2320 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Dr. Richard Harding

Richard J. Harding, MD, FACS is a board-certified General Surgeon and has been in private practice; performing general surgery procedures since 1995. Dr. Harding has more than 25 years of experience in using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Harding’s skill at small incision surgery and his high success rate, attract patients not only throughout Arizona, but from neighboring Utah, Nevada and New Mexico, as well as California, Canada, and Mexico.

Dr. Harding utilizes the most modern surgical techniques for general surgery which yields excellent results with shorter hospital recovery. This includes operations utilizing advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Harding has dedicated a large part of his practice to endocrine surgery. He has performed over 1900 endocrine operations within the last 5 years, for adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid conditions. He is active in the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. He is the first surgeon in the Southwest to perform a Transoral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy, which has the benefit of leaving no visible surgical scar. He is very familiar with the latest treatment guidelines for both thyroid and parathyroid diseases. He now also performs a Laparoscopic posterior adrenalectomy which significantly decreases recovery time for adrenal surgery conditions. For patients’ convenience, many diagnostic tests and minor procedures can be performed in his office, including diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound lymph node mapping, and ultrasound guided thyroid nodule biopsies.

Dr. Harding also treats simple and complex hernias, gallbladder disease, colon cancer, diverticulitis, and gastroesophageal reflux conditions. He performs many abdominal wall reconstructions in patients who have complex hernia conditions, usually resulting from prior surgical procedures or prior failed ventral hernia repairs.

Dr. Harding graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University and went on to graduate from medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1989. He completed his surgical training at Georgetown University in 1995. Dr. Harding also served in the US Naval Reserve from 1989 to 2004. In 2003 he served on active duty as a Commander in the U.S. Navy in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dr. Harding is a founding member of Arizona Associated Surgeons, a private practice formed with the goal of providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive patient care. He now serves as the Section Chief for the Division of General Surgery at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Through his education and years of practice, Dr. Harding developed expertise in performing minimally invasive operations, which utilize small incisions. This type of surgery allows patients to recover more quickly, with less scarring and pain. Regarding his approach to surgery, Dr. Harding says, “I enjoy helping patients feel better. It gives me great satisfaction to perform surgery that not only addresses the surgical condition but also provides a substantial improvement in his or her quality of life.”



Parathyroid (Gland) Disease

Awards & Honors

Voted Top Doctor by Phoenix Magazine
Awarded Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery
Healthgrades Honor Roll


Endocrine Systems

Adrenalectomy – da Vinci / Laparoscopic / Retroperitoneal
Advanced Thyroid Cancer Surgery
Parathyroidectomy – Minimally Invasive – click for more information
Thyroidectomy – click for more information
– Information on the complexity of the evaluation of thyroid disease
– Comprehensive Thyroid Care
– Thyroid Nodule Information
– Radiofrequency Ablation Of Thyroid Nodules
Scarless Thyroidectomy & Parathyroidectomy – Endoscopic Thyroidectomy (TOETVA) / Endoscopic Parathyroidectomy (TOEPVA) – click for more information
Ultrasound Localization and Biopsy Capability – In–office

Abdominal (Gastrointestinal and Solid Organ) Surgery

Cholecystectomy & da Vinci SILS Cholecystectomy – Laparoscopic
Splenectomy – Laparoscopic
Pancreatic Resection – Laparoscopic
Antireflux Surgery – da Vinci / Laparoscopic / Linx – click for more information
Gastric Resection – Laparoscopic / Open
Colectomy – da Vinci / Single Incision Laparoscopic

Simple and Complex Hernia Repair

Ventral Incisional Hernia Repair – da Vinci / Open
Inguinal Hernia Repair – da Vinci / Laparoscopic / Open
Component Separation Hernia Repair