Harris Patel, PA-C, ATC, of Sports Medicine South is a board Certified Physician Assistant and a Certified Athletic Trainer. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association.
He started his health care career as an athletic trainer in 1998—and his experience reads like a sports fan’s dream come true. Patel has provided care to the University of Georgia’s football and track & field teams as well as the University of Alabama’s football and softball teams. In addition, he has worked with the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets as an athletic trainer. He has also been a part of the medical staff for major events such as the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships, the NFL Invitational Camp (Scouting Combines), and multiple college football championship bowl games.
Harris was selected by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 2008 to be a member of the medical staff for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Since being selected, Harris has continued to serve as head athletic trainer at Olympic Games and World Championships for the USA Track and Field Team providing medical care to professional athletes worldwide.
Since 2009, Harris has served as the Director of Sports Medicine for Gwinnett County’s Norcross High School. Under his directorship, Norcross has won over 7 State Championships in various sports. With his dynamic experience Harris provides athletes of all ages with the most prevalent and innovative treatment options, allowing them to get back to play as quickly as possible.
Harris and his wife Purvi reside in Buford, Georgia where they enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Atlanta, GA; December 2008, Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL; December 1999, Master of Arts in Higher Education-Athletic Administration
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA; May 1998, Bachelor of Science in Education—Exercise Science/Athletic Training
NCCPA—Certified Physician Assistant—January 2009
NATABOC—Certified Athletic Trainer—May 1998
World Championships, Athletic Trainer
USA Track and Field — London, England, July 2018
USA Track and Field —Portland, Oregon, March 2016
USA Track and Field —Nassau, Bahamas, May 2014, 2015, 2017
USA Track and Field —Daegu, Korea, August 2011
USA Track and Field —Berlin, Germany, August 2009
USA Track and Field —Helsinki, Finland, August 2005
USA Track and Field —Sherbroke, Canada, August 2003
Summer Olympic Games – Athletic Trainer
XXXI Olympic Games – Rio de Janerio, Brazil August 2016
XXX Olympic Games—London, England August 2012
XXIX Olympic Games—Beijing, China, August 2008
Pan-American Games—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2007
Collegiate & Professional Teams – Athletic Trainer
The University of Georgia (Football)— 2002-2006
NFL—New York Jets, Hempstead, NY, 2000-2001
The University of Alabama (Football)— 1998-1999
NFL—Indianapolis Colts (Football) — 1998
Norcross High School – Director of Sports Medicine
2010 Girls Basketball State Championship Team
2011 Boys & Girls Basketball State Championship Team
2012 Football State Championship Team
2013 Boys & Girls Basketball State Championship Team
2013 Football State Championship Team