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.

April 12, 2011

TSPMG Clinicians Receive Golden Stethoscope Award

Tom Steimer, MD
Jessica Morse, MD
Mary Clauson, CNP

Three Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) clinicians recently received the “Golden Stethoscope” Award in recognition of their hard work and care they provide for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia members.

The “Golden Stethoscope” award recognizes clinicians who have demonstrated leadership and gone above and beyond their daily responsibilities. Recipients are nominated by their peers and the awards are presented quarterly.

Mary Clauson, CNP, Jessica Morse, MD, and Tom Steimer, MD, were presented with the award at the recent TSPMG business meeting.

Tom Steimer, MD – Gwinnett Medical Office, Pediatrics: As a Lead-MD at the Gwinnett Medical Office, Dr. Steimer is always busy. But coworker Mark Moncino, MD says that never stops Dr. Steimer from helping others. “He has gone above and beyond too many times to count,” said Dr. Moncino. In addition to his regular task of providing superior care for KP members, Dr. Steimer opens up his schedule when the office is short-handed and travels to other KP offices when they are need – often giving up his admin time. Dr. Monicino says that despite his busy schedule, Dr. Steimer is always organized, completes his work and does it with a smile.

Jessica Morse, MD – Hospitalist, Piedmont Hospital: As a new member of TSPMG, Dr. Morse quickly discovered how important teamwork and planning is with in the medical group. It was that insight that earned Dr. Morse a Golden Stethoscope award. When the forecast called for a major ice and snowstorm, she had the insight to plan ahead. Knowing that she was scheduled to work but her child’s day care would be closed, Dr. Morse drove her child to South Carolina to stay with her parents. “She did not miss a single day of work,” said Martha Wilber, MD, who nominated Dr. Morse. “But she did miss her handsome 2-year-old for the whole week that he was gone.”

Mary Clauson, CNP – Glenlake Medical Center, Pain Management: Care and compassion is important part of the work within TSPMG.  When Mary went above beyond to care for Verna Drake, not only was she taking care of a Kaiser Permanente member, she was also looking after a colleague. After visiting with Mary in her office, Verna said that in addition to taking time to listen to her concerns she did something even more important – she exemplified respect. “I left that appointment feeling more hopeful about the symptoms and treatment of my condition,” said Verna.





March 25, 2011

Joseph Schifilliti, MD, named TSPMG Chief of Risk Management

Rob Schreiner, MD, TSPMG Executive Medical Director, announced today that Joseph Schifilliti, MD has been named Chief of Risk Management for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group. His new role will be effective on May 1. Dr. Schifilliti's appointment follows a ten-month apprenticeship program that provided him with an opportunity to gain hands-on training and experience while working with our current head of Risk Management, Robert Van Der Meer, MD, who will return to full-time clinical practice on July 1.

Dr. Schifilliti, a member of our Ob/Gyn team, joined TSPMG in 1998. He holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, received his medical degree from Harvard University, and completed his residency at Cornell University's New York Hospital. He worked with Group Health Medical Associates and Cigna Healthcare of Arizona prior to joining TSPMG.



April 19, 2011

TSPMG Staff Volunteer for the 2011 Corporate Green Day Challenge

Rob Schreiner, MD, TSPMG Executive Medical Director, joins Doc Broc at the 2011 Corporate Green Day Challenge.

TSPMG physicians and employees from across the Georgia Region honored Earth Day on Saturday, April 16 by participating in the Corporate Green Day Challenge.

Working in partnership with Trees Atlanta, staff helped clear old railroad tracks that now serve as a walking trail in the Reynoldstown neighborhood. The path is one of the system of trails along the Atlanta BeltLine.

“Last year, Kaiser Permanente marked our 25th year in Georgia with a legacy gift to help fund a two and a half mile trail along the Atlanta BeltLine,” explained Rob Schreiner, MD, TSPMG executive medical director, who spent the morning shoveling dirt and debris from around old railroad ties. “We wanted to continue our work with the BeltLine. So this year, our employees are working in partnership with Trees Atlanta to clean up and improve an existing walking trail on the BeltLine.”

Kaiser Permanente has partnered with EarthShare of Georgia in presenting Earth Day events since 2005, and KP employees and physicians have pledged their financial support and time to EarthShare since 2004.

Presented by Kaiser Permanente, the Corporate Green Day Challenge allows employers in both the public and private sector to show their true colors by volunteering in the community and help improve the environment.




May 10, 2011

TSPMG Announces New Specialty Department Physician Directors

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce the appointment of new Physician Directors for Surgical Specialties, Procedural Specialties and Medical Specialties. These new roles are part of changes to the Specialty Care department that will better position us to take advantage of our continuing internalization and geographic expansion.


James Lucarini, MD, Chief of ENT, has been named Physician Director for Surgical Specialties. He joined TSPMG in 2000 after several years in academic and private practice and has served as Chief of ENT since 2008.  Under Dr. Lucarini’s leadership, the department of Otolaryngology expanded to offer hearing aids and embraced change, becoming our first adopters of open access and referral overhaul/chart review. He received his medical degree from Yale University and completed an internship in surgery at University of Pennsylvania Hospitals and his residency training in Otolaryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In this new role, he will be responsible for the following departments:

  • Otolaryngology/Audiology
  • Pain Management
  • General Surgery/Podiatry
  • Urology
  • Future departments (Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery)

John Strickler, MD is our new Physician Director for Procedural Specialties. As the Chief of Dermatology, he has overseen an expansion of one of our highest volume specialty departments. Dr. Strickler completed his medical degree and internship at Tulane University School of Medicine and his residency at the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine. He joined TSPMG in 2001 and was named Chief of Dermatology in 2005. Under Dr. Strickler’s leadership, the dermatology department has flourished as an innovative, high-functioning, high-quality department. As Physician Director for Procedural Specialties, he will be responsible for the following departments:

  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Women’s Services
  • Dermatology
  • Pulmonology


Stan Jagielski, MD has been named Physician Director for Medical Specialties. Dr. Jagielski has served as Managing Physician of our Crescent Medical Center since 1996. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology internship and residency at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Jagielski is a strong advocate for Permanente medicine and has played a key role in advocating our medical group to the community and potential customers.  In this new role, he will be responsible for the following departments:

  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Endocrinology


The changes we are making move more decision making to the front-line level, and we are certain that the strong leadership of Dr. Lucarini, Dr. Strickler and Dr. Jagielski will continue to improve patient care and department efficiency. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions.


May 11, 2011

Scott Pugel, MD Named TSPMG Physician Director of Ambulatory Resource Stewardship

Scott Pugel, MD, has joined the Department of Resource Stewardship as the Physician Director of Ambulatory Resource Stewardship for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group. In his new role he will identify over-, under- and inappropriate utilization of lab, radiology, pharmacy, provider and other resources in all of our ambulatory settings. He will also help develop systems to make it easier for all of our health care teams to do the right thing for every patient, every time.

Dr. Pugel received his medical degree from Creighton University and completed his pediatric training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He joined TSPMG in 1989, was named Managing Physician at the Gwinnett Medical Office in 1993, and served as Chief of After Hours for several years. Scott has been involved in numerous medical group projects and successfully guided our Gwinnett office through tremendous changes as we have expanded our presence in response to the growth in the county. He is also active in community service activities, including a recent medical mission to Haiti. He is the proud father of four beautiful daughters.