Patrice Harris, MD
for AMA President-Elect
Vision. Voice. Leadership.
Vision. Voice. Leadership.
An advocate and leader in organized medicine, Patrice is a practicing psychiatrist trained in child/adolescent and forensic psychiatry. As chief health officer for Fulton County, she spearheaded efforts to integrate public health, behavioral health and primary care. In addition to her work for AMA, most recently as the immediate past chair of its Board of Trustees, she remains involved in local initiatives ensuring the voice of physicians and patients is represented in local and regional healthcare transformation.
A trusted leader through challenging times, an effective communicator giving voice to issues affecting our profession, and an experienced advocate fighting for a healthier future, Patrice Harris will serve us well as AMA president-elect.
Immediate past chair and past secretary, AMA Board of Trustees
Chair of AMA Opioid Task Force
Past chair / member of AMA task forces on:
Past trustee, American Psychiatric Association
Past member, Medical Association of Georgia
Task Force on Membership Expansion and Involvement
Past president, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association
At the forefront of AMA action on matters critical to the health of our nation, Dr. Harris has been a voice for medicine, appearing on multiple media outlets, discussing topics including the opioid epidemic, prescription drug availability and cost, access to care, parity, obesity, and gun violence. She has represented AMA at local and national meetings of our Federation, giving voice to the work of our AMA and our commitment to issues critical to health and healthcare today and in the future.
Dr. Harris’ passion for advocacy began with her first visit to the Georgia General Assembly working with the entire physician community to secure victories on scope of practice and medical liability reform. As a senior policy fellow at Emory, she worked to improve services for children who have been abused and neglected. She has advocated on behalf of physicians and patients with White House officials, federal agencies, Congress, governors, and state legislators.
Patrice has effectively advocated for AMA’s positions, acknowledging the complex nature of the healthcare system, and the value in fostering partnerships even with those holding different views.
AMA Section Council on Psychiatry | Medical Association of Georgia | Southeastern Delegation to the AMA | Neuroscience Caucus | Section Council on Preventive Medicine | American Society of Anesthesiologists | Specialty and Service Society Caucus | Young Physicians Section