Mark J. Harary, MD

Non-Operative Sports Medicine - Adult & Pediatric Specializing in Sports Injuries, Concussion Management & Arthritis


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Dr. Harary earned his undergraduate degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan in 1998. He went on to medical school at Ross University, where he graduated with honors in 2002. After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Harary completed a family medicine residency at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He then completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. Dr. Harary is board certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Harary is actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation. He has given numerous educational talks on arthritis and has served on the planning committee for the annual Arthritis Walk for several years, serving as the Walk Chair for the NYC Arthritis Walk in 2014.

Dr. Harary specializes in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal problems in both pediatric and adult patients. He has a special interest in treating osteoarthritis, fractures, acute injuries and concussions. He enjoys helping his patients return to, and maintain, active lifestyles. Dr. Harary is a concussion specialist with St. Charles Hospital's ThinkSMART!™ Concussion Management Program and serves as the team physician for the Commack High School and Miller Place High School football teams.

Justine Meserole, RPA-C

Valerie McElroy, Key Assistant

Faith Tagliamonte, Medical Assistant

Gina Kiernan, Receptionist 


East Setauket

6 Technology Drive
East Setauket, New York 11733


500 Commack Road
Suite 150B
Commack, NY 11725

West Babylon

60 Fleets Point Drive
Suite 1
West Babylon, NY 11704

Wading River

6144 Route 25A
Building A Suite 4 & 5
Wading River, NY 11792

Conditions Treated



  • Arthritis
  • Calcific Tedonitis
  • Fractures of the Shoulder
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Labral Tears
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Separation (AC Joint Sprains)
  • Steroid Injections
  • Tendonitis (Rotator Cuff)
  • Tedonitis (Biceps)


  • Arthritis- Back/Spine/Neck
  • Back & Leg Pain (Herniated Disc/Stenosis)
  • Cervical and Lumbar Radiculpathy
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Compression Fractures
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Herniations (Cerival and Lumbar)
  • Herniated Disc (Back and Neck)
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis

Hand/Upper Extremity

  • Thumb Arthritis
  • Capral Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Finger Tendon Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Arthritis Wrist
  • Capral Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist)
  • De Quervains Syndrome
  • Wrist Sprains
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Scaphoid Injuries & Conditions
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis Elbow
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Elbow Fractures (Adult)
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
  • Biceps Tendon Rupture/Tear


  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Groin Pain
  • Hip Impingement/Femoroacetabular Impingement
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Labral Tears
  • Snapping Hip
  • Strained Hip


  • ACL Injuries, Diagnosis & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage Injuries & Disorders
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Jumper's Knee
  • Kneecap Injuries & Conditions
  • MCL Injuries
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patellar Dislocations
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis
  • PCL Injuries
  • Runner's Knee
  • Steroid Injections
  • Tendonitis
  • Viscosupplementaion


  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Tendonitis
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Arthritis Foot & Ankle
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Turf Toe
  • Stress Fractures
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
  • Flat Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis


  • Fractures, Sprains & Strains
  • Back Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Little league elbow
  • Little League Shoulder
  • Gymnastics Wrist
  • Pelvic Apophysites
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Sindig-Larsen-Johannsen Symdromes
  • Severs Disease
  • Stress Fractures
  • Growing Pains
  • Osteochondromas
  • Scoliosis
  • Foot & Ankle Conditions

Definition of A Non-operative Sports Medicine specialist:

A physician with specialty training in the treatment and prevention of injury including non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. They treat acute injuries, overuse injuries, and provide medical and injection therapies. They specialize in coordination of care with athletes/families, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, primary care providers and surgical subspecialists.


As part of St. Charles Hospital's ThinkSMART! Concussion Management program, our physicians provide baseline testing and concussion treatment for many school districts in Suffolk County and provide state of the art concussion care to allow a safe return to activities.

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

A new, cutting edge treatment for concussion related headaches. It is a nerve block procedure that is done in the office. A small catheter is inserted into nose and a numbing agent (usually lidocaine) is injected. The medication is absorbed through the nasal mucosa to dull the nerves. The procedure takes less than 5 minutes to perform and patients can see immediate, long lasting relief.

Ultrasound Guided Injections

Osteoarthritis Treatment

Why You Shouldn’t Shake Off that Joint Pain and Stiffness

Do you wake up in the morning with stiff joints or in pain? Maybe your knees just don’t work like they used to, or you stumble across the room because your feet aren’t “cooperating” – sound familiar? You may be one of the 53 million adults in the U.S. that suffer from arthritis. Individuals with arthritis typically suffer from stiffness, pain and swelling. Morning stiffness, as it’s called, is one indicator. You might also suspect arthritis if you have stiffness after a long car ride or sitting for a period of time.

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Concussions Require Rest for Brain to Recover Fully

When it comes to concussions, rest needs to be a priority for optimal healing. With proper time and rest, the brain can often recover fully. However, if an athlete exposes his or her brain to repeated trauma, those efforts can be halted. “It is well established that a period of both cognitive and physical rest are required after sustaining a concussion,” Dr. Harary notes, “However, the degree and amount of rest can vary with each injury. Some student athletes might have to miss several days of school while other may only need minor academic accommodations.

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Sports-Related Concussions are More Frequent in Women and Girls

Though it receives less media attention, women and girls get sports-related concussions more frequently than men and boys do. Dr. Harary notes, that though this knowledge is “Well established, the exact reason isn’t clear.” Dr. Harary indicates that there are two major possibilities; “One is that girls generally have weaker neck muscles, which increases their susceptibility. The other is that boys are more likely than girls to hide their symptoms.” A number of other factors have also been researched to explain these differences. While males might be more likely to hide symptoms, females have also...

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Track & Field Athletes More Prone to Overuse Injuries

Track and field athletes can be particularly prone to overuse injuries and should be mindful of this so they don’t end up on the sidelines. “Overuse injuries are common in track and field athletes,” notes Dr. Harary. “One such injury is a stress fracture. This occurs when there is more force placed on a bone over a period of time than it can handle. In track athletes, these commonly occur in the lower leg and foot.” There can be several different causes as to why a stress fracture occurs in track and field athletes. Dr. Harary notes some of these factors: “Rapid increases in the frequency,...

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Optimal Healing of Concussions Requires Rest

When it comes to concussions, rest needs to be a priority for optimal healing. With proper time and rest, the brain can often recover fully. However, if an athlete exposes his or her brain to repeated trauma, those efforts can be halted. “It is well established that a period of both cognitive and physical rest are required after sustaining a concussion,” Dr. Harary notes, “However, the degree and amount of rest can vary with each injury. Some student athletes might have to miss several days of school while other may only need minor academic accommodations. Some may require extended time away...

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New US Soccer Federation Rules Aim to Reduce Head Injuries

New rules put in place by United States Soccer Federation hope to reduce head injuries in youth soccer. These new rules eliminate the ability for players ages 10 and younger to head the ball and allow for players ages 11 to 13 to do so in a reduced manner. Dr. Harary says of this rules change, “Eliminating heading in very young soccer players will hopefully reduce repetitive head contact in athletes at an age where the brain is rapidly developing but the body is still immature. This will allow kids to learn and develop other skills that can help physical development as well as be translated to other...

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Viscosupplementation as a Treatment for Knee Arthritis

An article published by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) names osteoarthritis as one of the leading causes of disability in adults. The article further notes that approximately 1 in 11 individuals in the United States is diagnosed with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis by the age of 60. AMSSM has released new guidelines for dealing with this condition which includes weight loss and strengthening exercises, they also suggest an alternative form of treatment called viscosupplementation. “Viscosupplementation for knee arthritis is a valuable treatment for reducing pain and...

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WWE’s Daniel Bryan Suffers Concussion

Daniel Bryan’s future in the WWE is unclear. Bryan has been sidelined from action due to a series of concussions since last April and there doesn’t seem to be any return date in sight yet. Though he has been cleared by an independent doctor to return to wrestling, Joe Maroon, the WWE’s medical doctor is still hesitant to clear him. “Even though professional wrestling is scripted, it requires a great deal of athleticism to perform in this sport,” says Dr. Harary. “Unfortunately, professional wrestling also comes with high risk of injury, especially concussions.” Bryan has gone on record to say...

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6 Concussions Myths Dispelled

Concussions are a hot issue right now, as football and other fall sports for young athletes are once again in session. While a concussion can be a serious injury, prevention and proper protective equipment minimizes risk. An article in the Huffington Post by Scott Sailor, President of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, debunks six common myths about concussions. Sailor notes his purpose in writing this article is to further the efforts to make sports safer for athletes. The six myths Sailor addresses in his article are - Myth #1 – If you don’t lose consciousness you were not...

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Playing Multiple Sports Recommended for Young Athletes

“10,000 hours of play, and you’re an…expert? Maybe if you diversify your #athletic interests.” says back-up #centraldefender #WhitneyEngen of the #USAWomensSoccer #team. Abby Wambach is the greatest header of a ball in women's soccer history, a fact she credits to … basketball? The United States forward is gearing up for the last and most important game of her World Cup career, the one she hopes will plug the only remaining gap on her glowing resumè. Yet Wambach believes that the success of her time in soccer, the end of which feels that much closer as the team prepares to face Japan in...

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Kids Participating in Multiple Sports Develop a Variety of Skills

“If you think that having your young kids play the same sport all year round will help them be elite athletes, check out this article about the US women’s soccer team.” Says Dr. Harary. “Kids that participate in different sports develop a variety of skills that help them to be better at their main sport. More importantly, they have more fun!” “Back-up central #defender #WhitneyEngen might have been the busiest childhood #athlete on the U.S. roster, describing her youth as a ‘whirlwind of athletic activity’. Engen competed in #gymnastics, #tennis, #baseball, #softball,...

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Teaching Your Kids to Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Don’t let your kids spend the summer indoors. Encourage them to put down their tech gadgets and play outside. Dr. Harary says summer is a great time to teach your kids about a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about keeping your kids active hereNow that school is out, kids have time to play and get exercise. Unfortunately, far too many children spend hours each day watching television and doing other activities in front of a screen rather than being physically active.

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Dr. Harary Achieves Board Recertification in Family Medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Harary on achieving board recertification in Family Medicine! “Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process. Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. Certification by an ABMS Member Board involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in the specific area of medicine…” To learn more about Dr. Harary, please visit and to learn more about the importance of board certification visit...

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Dr. Harary Participates in 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis

Join Dr. Harary and other representatives from the St. Charles Orthopedics team tomorrow in New York City for the 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis.

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