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TSPMG Cardiologist Ali Rahimi, MD, Named Adjunct Assistant Professor at Emory

Congratulations to Ali Rahimi, MD, MPH, who was recently named an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

Dr. Rahimi serves as the Physician Program Director for Cardiovascular Quality for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG).

Since joining TSPMG in 2010, Dr. Rahimi has been involved in the internalization of cardiology and leading research initiatives around cardiovascular performance and outcomes with a focus on population care.

Dr. Rahimi received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University. He completed his residency at Yale and a fellowship in Cardiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School in Boston.





Thomas Cooney, MD Named TSPMG Inpatient Resource Stewardship Director

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Thomas Cooney, MD has been named Inpatient Resource Stewardship Director for Piedmont Hospital.  In his new role, Dr. Cooney will be responsible for physician support of acute care rounds and managing hospital bed days at Piedmont Hospital.  He will also be involved in the Transitions of Care work and working to reduce hospital readmission.

Dr. Cooney brings four years of acute care experience and a strong knowledge of acute care utilization to his new position. He joined TSPMG in 2011 as a Hospitalist after working in Hospital Medicine at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Rochester.




Helen Ward, MD, named TSPMG Senior Physician Director for Resource Stewardship

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Helen Ward, MD, has been named Senior Physician Director of Resource Stewardship. Dr. Ward, who joined the Resource Stewardship department during the summer, has demonstrated her enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring our members get the “Right care, in the Right place, at the Right time,” using the most appropriate resources. She has a passion for problem solving, a direct communication style and excellent analytic skills that are well matched to the goals of the department, and we look forward to working with her in this expanded role.





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