Board certified American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Harpstrite's practice focuses on joint reconstruction, sports medicine and fracture surgery. This entails the complete care of all of the joints critical to an active lifestyle. He specializes in the arthroscopic, as well as complex joint reconstruction procedures to keep patients at the highest levels of performance. His joint replacement practice consists of shoulder, hip, and knee replacement surgery. He is well trained in all aspects of joint replacement surgery and specializes both in minimal incision, as well as traditional joint replacement techniques. This is always customized to the individual patient. Dr. Harpstrite's sports medicine practice entails the complete care of the injured athlete, from sprains and tears to broken bones. This includes injuries to the upper extremities (shoulders, elbows, and wrists) as well as the lower extremities (hips, knees, and ankles). This includes arthroscopic and open reconstructive procedures of the above areas. He has been active in sports in the community of Hawaii as the team physician for PAC-5 football, as well as caring for much of the ocean sports community, triathletes, runners and bikers throughout the state. He also coaches youth soccer (AYSO and HYSA), and basketball (KBA and KYAC)
Dr. Harpstrite is an active clinical faculty member of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Hawaii. He has multiple publications and presentations throughout the local community, as well as nationally and worldwide. Dr. Harpstrite was born and raised in Hawaii. He grew up in Kaneohe and graduated from the University Laboratory School in 1983. He attended college at the University of Colorado Boulder and graduated with a degree in Molecular Cellular Development Biology in 1987. He returned to Hawaii for medical school and graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1991. He completed a general surgery internship and a four-year residency at the University of Hawaii Orthopedic Surgical Residency. He completed subspecialty training with fellowships at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, as well as the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was active duty United States Army and served as the Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Assistant Chief of Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement at the Tripler Army Medical Center from 1996 to the year 2000.
He is married to Dr. Amy Harpstrite, who is a pediatrician in Kailua and they have three children. He is an avid surfer, windsurfer, triathlete and plays basketball and soccer. Where there is some spare time he enjoys painting and ceramics.