In efforts to protect you the patient and our staff, we will be pre-screening every patient who presents to the office. All patients need to present to their appointments wearing a mask.

We ask for you to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment for the pre-screening. If failed, your appointment will be re-scheduled out two weeks.

Unless the patient is a minor or needs assistance, only the patient will be allowed to enter the suite.

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Heather Harris

Heather Harris

Physician Assistant Specializing in Spine Care

Heather Harris is a board-certified physician assistant. She specializes in spine care including the cervical and lumbar spine.

She completed her master’s degree in medicine in 2009 from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, IN. She earned her undergraduate degree in athletic training from Franklin College, and those studies gave her a true love for orthopedics.

Outside of the classroom, Harris was captain of the FC Division III Women’s Soccer team, and in 2003, as a freshman, she was chosen for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference team. 

In graduate school, she was a leader within her physician assistant class and worked as a student liaison to the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants, even participating as a student representative to the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates on the national level. 

Harris has assisted Dr. Stephen Ritter in the operating room performing minimally invasive spine procedures since 2014. 

Prior to her employment at Methodist Sports Medicine in 2014, Harris worked for four and a half years at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN, assisting the surgical director of the IU Health Heart and Lung Transplant department. There, she was part of the team involved in the implantation of the first SynCardia total artificial heart transplant in the state of Indiana. 

When she is not at work, Harris enjoys spending time with her family and close friends. You can usually find her reading a good book. She and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors camping and hiking or playing board games with their two young children. 

Areas of Focus

  • Spine Care

Locations

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Education

  • Franklin College, BS (athletic training)
  • University of St. Francis, MS (medicine)

Certifications

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Certification, 2009

Awards

  • Heartland Collegiate Atheltic Conference, All-Conference Team, 2003
  • University of Saint Francis, Leadership Award, 2008—2009

 

Positions

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants, Indiana House of Delegates, Representative, 2009—2015
  • Franklin College, Division III Women’s Soccer Team, Captain
  • Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants, Immediate Past President, 2015—2016
  • Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants, President, 2014—2015
  • Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants, President-Elect, 2013—2014 
  • Indiana University Health, Cardiovascular Surgery Services, Physician Assistant Team Lean, 2013—2014
  • Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Heart and Lung Transplant Department, Assistant to the Surgical Director