The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is an integral part of Kaiser Permanente. Our physicians can coordinate virtually every aspect of patient care - from referrals to laboratory tests to medications. With everything under one umbrella, our patients receive the highest continuity of care.

Debra Carlton, MD Inducted into YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers

The YWCA of Greater Atlanta inducted TSPMG's Debra Carlton, MD into its Academy of Women Achievers, in recognition of her professional accomplishments and her commitment to the health and safety of women and girls.

“Dr. Carlton has been a leader at Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for almost three decades. With a track record of excellence in both her medical and administrative roles, she embodies Kaiser Permanente’s dedication to improving the health of Atlanta area communities,” said Sharmen May Gowens, CEO of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta.

Dr. Carlton is the TSPMG Associate Medical Director of Care and Service Experience in the Georgia Region. She received the award at the organization's annual luncheon on Thursday, April 19.

Besides Dr. Carlton, the YWCA of Greater Atlanta inducted nine distinguished Atlanta leaders into its Academy of Women Achievers. These women are leading the charge and changing the course for women and girls, and align with one of the organization’s three focus areas: Education & Empowerment, Health & Safety, and Advocacy & Social justice.

Others inducted into the Academy this year include: Beth Holder, Chair of the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees; Erika James, Dean of the Goizueta Business School, Emory University; and Bea Perez, SVP, Chief Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia Accepts Human Rights Campaign 2018 Award On Behalf of Kaiser Permanente

The Georgia Region’s KP PRIDE Business Resource Group received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2018 Award on behalf of all of Kaiser Permanente. Molly Malone, KP PRIDE’s Co-Chair, accepted the invitation by KP’s National Office of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity to attend the event and accept the award.

“As a region, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to represent Kaiser Permanente at this prestigious award ceremony,” said Rosan Petrillo, manager of equity, inclusion & diversity. “KP was recognized for earning a 100% score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI) survey for 12 years in a row.”

The Corporate Equality Index survey, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, is part of a national benchmarking survey and report, which evaluates corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workplace policies. HRC named Kaiser Permanente a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to represent TSPMG, Health Plan, Georgia, and all of Kaiser Permanente at the annual Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index awards,” said Molly, who attended the April 9 gala in New York City. “I am grateful for supporting me in attending, as well as our organization’s efforts in continuing to reach 100% on the CEI for the past 12 years. As you may already know, this designation is no easy feat! The work that we are doing around inclusion matters to our colleagues, members and friends – and this award is only a small token of the tremendous efforts and accomplishments that we achieve each day.”

“We are proud of our long history of diversity and inclusion and we are grateful for the HRC’s recognition of our continuing work to provide the highest levels of opportunity and support to the LGBTQ community,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Dr. Anna Skold Receives High Honor from Healthcare Ethics Consortium

Congratulations to TSPMG Palliative Care physician Anna Skold, MD, who was honored at the recent Healthcare Ethics Consortium Annual Conference.

Dr. Skold, who serves as the TSPMG Physician Lead for Ethics, received the “Heroes in Healthcare Ethics” Award which recognizes an individual for their exemplary achievements in the field of healthcare ethics within their healthcare organizations and/or communities. 

“Dr. Skold is an amazing contributor for TSPMG and our patients,” said Kate Koplan, MD, TSPMG AMD Quality & Patient Safety.  “She is a passionate and experienced leader for ethics and we are thrilled she received this community recognition for her wealth of contributions.”

Anna was nominated by Catherine Anderson and Vera Everage for her countless contributions to the medical group and our members.

Dr. Anna Skold consistently gives 110% daily to go above and beyond her role to advocate for patient care. She meets the needs of her patients, medical staff and vendors with energy and compassion. Anna is always receptive to assisting with all that is asked of her. She is highly regarded by the Kaiser Permanente region and everyone that works with her.”

In addition to her clinical and Physician Lead roles, Dr. Skold serves on the Board of the National KP Ethics Committee – this year as chair. She is also a member of the Emory Hospital Ethics Committee, Piedmont Hospital Ethics Committee, and a member of the Medical Association of GA. She is a POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Collaborative member and assisted with the resolution for the statewide implementation of the POLST.

Robert Jefferson, MD, named TSPMG Chief of Urology

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to announce that Robert Jefferson, MD, is our new Chief of Urology. He assumes the role from William Allen, MD, who has done an outstanding job of leading the department. 

Dr. Jefferson joined TSPMG in 2001. A native of Thomasville, Ga, he began his medical career as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his clinical role as a urologist, he also serves on the peer review committee. Dr. Jefferson is a clear, concise thinker whose attention to detail and knowledge of our organization will put him in a great position to lead the Urology Department forward. I am confident he will be successful in his new position.

Dr. Allen joined TSPMG in 2012 and has served as the department chief for 5 years. Prior to joining the Medical Group, he practiced Urology at Piedmont Hospital for 25 years including many years as the Chief of Urology there. Dr. Allen’s wife Alex co-founded Camp Kudzu, a camp for children and teens living with Type 1 Diabetes and he continues to work in a clinical role at the camp each summer. 

Dr. Allen has been an excellent chief and helped solve many of the problems facing Urology. His thoughtful manner and experience brought great stabilization to the department. Dr. Allen has decided to reduce his FTE and slow down slightly. It was a pleasure working with him and he will be missed.

Dr. Jefferson will officially begin his new role in April. He and Dr. Allen will work closely during this time to ensure a seamless transition.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jefferson to his new role and thanking Dr. Allen for his years of service.



Craig Logan, MD, named Chief of Radiology

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to announce that Craig Logan, MD, is our new Chief of Radiology. He assumes the role from Neil Cooper, MD, who has done an outstanding job of leading and growing the department. 

Dr. Logan, who joined TSPMG in 2005, has served as Section Chief of Informatics in Diagnostic Imaging for six years. He was the lead physician during our successful PACS conversion, has led many working committees, and has demonstrated his commitment to continuous improvement. In addition to his clinical role, he is an avid reader, an aspiring guitarist, and a very active volunteer for local and national community benefit organizations. Craig is a very thoughtful individual, respected by his department, and has the skill set to continue advancing the department of radiology. I am confident he will be successful in his new position.

Neil joined TSPMG in 2008 as the acting chief and has been in the role for 10 years, transforming the department into the high quality, highly efficient department we know today. His guidance has grown the department from 8 to 19 full time radiologists, added sub-specialization of modalities with outstanding hires, improved turnaround times, and strengthened morale. I will personally miss Neil and his leadership but respect his decision to “pass the baton”.

Dr. Logan will officially begin his new role on July 1. He and Dr. Cooper will work closely during the during this time to ensure a seamless transition. 

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Logan to his new role and thanking Dr. Cooper for his years of selfless service.