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North Florida Surgeons, Fort Walton Beach Division 

Dr. Tara Harden, M.D. | 1042 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 | Phone: (850) 863-0400 | Fax: (850) 863-0417

About Us

Dr. Tara Harden is a board certified general, robotic, and laparoscopic surgeon. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed her residency at the University of South Alabama. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in food and nutrition.

Dr. Harden was raised in Andalusia Alabama, just a few hours north of our office location. She is a native to our area, which provides her with a unique perspective to our local healthcare needs. She is the only female general surgeon in the Fort Walton Beach and Destin areas.

Dr. Tara Harden currently has surgical privileges at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and the Emerald Coast Surgery Center here in Fort Walton.

When she is not in the operating room, Dr. Tara Harden loves spending time with her two beautiful children and her French bulldog. She also has a love for long distance running, visiting Walt Disney World, and eating diverse foods.

Dr. Harden is on the Health Grades honor roll and is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.


Undergraduate School

University of Alabama

Graduated in 2001

Medical School

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Graduated in 2005

Internship Hospital

University of South Alabama Medical Center

Completed in 2006

Residency Hospital

University of South Alabama Medical Center

Completed in 2010


  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Implant Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Lifeport Placement / Removal
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Tumor Removal 
  • Endoscopic Procedures including colonoscopy and EGD
  • Hernia Repair
  • Colon and Rectal Surgeries
  • Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy 

Dr. Harden's Care Philosophy

I believe patients should understand their diagnosis and planned procedure and that this provides comfort and confidence when undergoing an unfamiliar procedure. I strive to make sure my patients have all their questions answered in terms they understand.

Dr. Tara R. Harden, M.D.

Meet The Team!

Ms. Leslie Rodgers - Office Manager / Receptionist

Ms. Trez Reich - Medical Assistant / Surgical Coordinator

Learn More About Our Services

To learn more about the general surgical services we offer, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.

Schedule an Appointment

Call or email us to schedule a medical appointment, Coolsculpting consultation or Orbera assessment at our office.