Dr. Ched Garten


As a Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Garten manages non-operative orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. His clinical interests include acute injuries and overuse injuries among athletes of all levels and all sports, regenerative medicine for treating chronic injuries (Platelet Rich Plasma, Amniotic Tissue Grafts and Stem Cells), and the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosing injuries and guided procedures (TENEX tenotomy).

Dr. Garten was the first Sports Medicine Physician in Atlanta to perform regenerative medicine injections under ultrasound guidance in 2006. He has a vast amount of experience of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Amniotic tissue allografts, Bone Marrow Aspiration procedures, and Adipose Derived Stem Cells from Lipoaspiration procedures. He has successfully treated professional athletes, celebrities, weekend warriors and people wanting to regain an active lifestyle with these techniques. He also serves as a Clinical Investigator for two FDA clinical trials for regenerative medicine injectables and was a key member of another multi-center, prospective clinical trial for a regenerative medicine injection.

Dr. Garten is an expert in musculoskeletal ultrasound and guided procedures. He has lectured at numerous courses around the country teaching other physicians these skills.He lectured at the NFL Team Physician Symposium at the NFL Combine in 2009 as the first Physician to use portable ultrasound in a NFL training room. He has also authored chapters for the “Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections” textbook.

He completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Tennessee with a major in biology and a minor in biochemistry in 1997. He graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His education continued at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine with graduation in 2001.

Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Garten completed a family medicine residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He served as Chief Resident during his final year and was named the Family Medicine Resident Clinical Teacher of the Year 2003-2004.

Dr. Garten continued his sub-specialization training as a primary care sports medicine fellow in Birmingham, Alabama, at the American Sports Medicine Institute under the direction of James R. Andrews M.D., Tracy R. Ray M.D., and Lawrence J. Lemak, M.D. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. His memberships in various medical organizations and societies have included the NFL Team Physicians Society, the NHL Team Physicians Society, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Garten previously was the head primary care physician for the NFL Atlanta Falcons from 2005-2010 and associate team physician for the NHL Atlanta Thrashers from 2005-2011. He also served as the NFC’s primary care team physician for the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. He was the Team Physician for Kell High School from 2011-2017 and provides sports medicine coverage for many local and national events.

During his time away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Carrie, and their three children, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, working out, finding new restaurants in Atlanta, and traveling.

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