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. Currently, Harris is the Director of Sports Medicine for Gwinnett County’s Norcross High School and continues to serve many local athletes and teams to get Beyond Better.
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. He also served on the medical team in Daegu, South Korea for the 2011 Track and Field World Championships. Recently, Harris was again chosen to serve on the USOC medical staff for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
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
XXX Olympic Games—London, England August 2012
USA Track and Field —Daegu, Korea, August 2011
USA Track and Field —Berlin, Germany, August 2009
XXIX Olympic Games—Beijing, China, August 2008
Pan-American Games—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2007
USA Track and Field —Helsinki, Finland, August 2005
USA Track and Field —Sherbroke, Canada, August 2003
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