Akash Patel, MD

Dr. Akash Patel was born and raised in Middlesboro, Kentucky. After graduating as a valedictorian at Middlesboro High School, he attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with a degree in biology. Dr. Patel went on to obtain his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus in Suwanee, Georgia. He then migrated to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina (UNC), where he served as chief resident in his final year and received the “Resident of the Year” and “Team Player of the Year” awards. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at UNC.

Regardless of your ability level, Dr. Patel considers everyone an athlete. Whether you are training for a marathon or you simply enjoy walking your dog, he wants to help you reach your goals and keep you as physically active as possible. His professional interests include the non-operative management of musculoskeletal conditions utilizing traditional therapies as well as ultrasound guided injections. He specializes in the non-operative treatment of low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, and knee pain. Dr. Patel utilizes a team-based approach to patient care and will work with you to generate a treatment plan that will put you in the best position to succeed.

In his free time Dr. Patel enjoys playing basketball, tennis, table tennis, and spending time with his family. He and his wife Puja currently live in Chapel Hill, but will be moving to Pittsboro soon. They both enjoy running, traveling, cooking/baking, and attending a variety of sporting events.


  • Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided joint injections
  • Ultrasound-guided percutaneous tenotomy
  • Ultrasound-guided tendon sheath injections
  • Ultrasound-guided hydro-dissections
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections


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Medical School

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
Suwanee, GA


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC


Sports Medicine
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC


Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM)