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.

Scott Cutro, MD, Named Chief of Infectious Diseases

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to announce that Scott Cutro, MD, has been named Chief of Infectious Diseases. He had served as Lead Physician of the department since April 2016. The department has grown and flourished under his tenure and now includes four physicians and an Associate Practitioner. 

Dr. Cutro received his medical degree from the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University and a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the New York University School of Medicine. He is Board certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease. He joined TSPMG in 2013.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Cutro on his new role.

Christopher Jones, MD, named Chief of Orthopedics

TSPMG is pleased to announce that Christopher Jones, MD, has been named Chief of Orthopedics.

Dr. Jones, a California native, received his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Davis (where he was a member of the football team and named an Academic All-American by ESPN) and his medical degree from the University of California - San Francisco School of Medicine. He came to the South to complete a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Duke School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. He joined TSPMG in 2015.

We want to thank Dr. Theodis Buggs and Dr. Michael Bakheet for their service as Ortho & Sports Medicine leads over the past months. Together, they have worked to help the department gain efficiencies, expand our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine practices, and deliver higher-quality, more affordable care to our members. We want to extend a special thanks to Dr. Buggs for his leadership in developing our extremely successful 23-hour total joint program.

We are very confident that Dr. Jones will be a great leader. He is dedicated, motivated and ready to take advantage of the many opportunities available to his growing department. Please join us in welcoming him as Chief.

Dr. Howard Pike Named Chief of Foot & Ankle Care

TSPMG is pleased to announce that Howard Pike, MD, has been named Chief of Foot & Ankle Care. This newly created department incorporates our Podiatry department and Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship-trained physicians to provide focused, expert care for our members.

Dr. Pike received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his internship and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Wayne State University and a fellowship in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery at Portland Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center in Portland, Maine. He joined TSPMG after a successful private practice career in the Atlanta area. In addition to his Atlanta practice, Dr. Pike previously worked in Kaiser Permanente’s North Carolina Region, where he learned to truly valued our integrated care model.

Howard is extremely hard working and cares deeply about solving problems in his department. He works well with others and was the unanimous choice of his department to take this role. We have no doubt Dr. Pike will flourish in this role.

Rahul Nayak, MD, named Physician Director of Procedure Suites

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Rahul Nayak, MD, has been named as our Physician Director of Procedure Suites. He will also serve as Physician in Charge (PIC) of the Kaiser Permanente Glenlake Medical Office.

In his new role, Dr. Nayak will oversee operations for the Glenlake, Gwinnett, Southwood and TownPark suites that are used by a variety of surgical and procedural specialty departments. In addition to ensuring the safe & efficient clinical operation of the suites, he will lead strategic initiatives designed to improve access & turnaround, gain accreditation, expand services and improve affordability.

Dr. Nayak is well suited for his new role. As a member of our Gastroenterology department since 2009, he has great insight into the operation of our procedure suites. Over the past few years, he has been deeply involved in improving quality & patient safety. He is highly trained in Process Improvement (PI) and has helped strengthen our teamwork & collaboration as an instructor for Highly Reliable Teams workshops.

Dr. Nayak received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. He completed his GI residency at the University of Illinois – Chicago and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

We have no doubt that Dr. Nayak will flourish in this new role. Please join us in congratulating him and wishing him much success.

Patrick Austin, MD, Named Chief of Vascular Surgery & Plastic Surgery

The internalization of both Vascular Surgery and Plastic Surgery greatly improved TSPMG’s ability to care for more patients within our integrated system and has improved care quality & outcomes. After much consideration, we felt it was very important to appoint a leader with direct oversight and representation for these two smaller departments who have similar needs. We have asked Patrick Austin, MD, to serve as Chief of these combined departments.

Dr. Austin joined TSPMG in 2014 as a vascular surgeon. He received his medical degree and completed his surgery residency at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. He completed his fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of South Florida in Tampa and is Board certified in vascular surgery.

Patrick is a results focused, patient, hard worker who always gives his best. We feel confident that he will do a fantastic job as Chief and be a strong leader in our organization for years to come.