Katie Harris, Physician Assistant, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a degree in Biology. She continued her education at Trevecca Nazarene University and earned a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2012. Katie is an active member of the following organizations:
• American Academy of Physician Assistants
• Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants
• Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery
Katie’s day is spent primarily at Maury Regional Medical Center assisting our surgeons at the hospital. For many patients, their stay in the hospital is due to a traumatic injury and can be a frightening experience. Being able to take the time to talk with patients and family to discuss peri-operative management is very important. She understands that taking the time to explain an injury and subsequent treatment can truly help to alleviate some of a patient’s anxiety during their admission.
Most days for Katie begin around 6:30am. She is responsible for assisting the on-call surgeon with any new admissions from the previous night. Her duties include consulting with the hospitalist group to ensure patients are medically stable for surgery, ordering pre-op tests, obtaining consent, and coordinating the patient’s surgery time with staff and available surgeons. The rest of her day is spent assisting with patient discharge orders, acting as first assist in the operating room, and taking call for hospital consults and ER calls.
Since becoming a provider at MTBJ, Katie has seen many advances in orthopedic technology, medicine, and surgical practices. In that time, our clinic has also successfully transitioned to complete electronic medical records for patients. She has also seen the use of new peri-operative medications that have improved patients’ post-operative outcomes.
Katie and her husband, Chris, have lived in Middle Tennessee all their lives and relocated to Spring Hill, TN, in May 2013. In June 2014 they welcomed their first child, Abbi. Shortly after the age of one, Abbi was diagnosed with profound hearing loss and received bilateral cochlear implants. She has progressed wonderfully and now attends the Mama Lere School for the Hearing at Vanderbilt.