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.

Matthew Hoffman, MD Named Physician Director for Inpatient Resource Stewardship

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to welcome Matthew Hoffman, MD to his new role as Physician Director for Inpatient Resource Stewardship. Matt will continue to practice Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and expand his role to enhance the delivery of Resource Stewardship in the inpatient setting.

Matt, who was born in Illinois and grew up in Michigan, has lived in Atlanta since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a brief stint in the business world, he attended Emory University for medical school, internal medicine residency, two years as a hospitalist, and a pulmonary / critical care fellowship. As a hospitalist, Matt was the physician lead for internal medicine on Emory Midtown Hospital's Morbidity and Mortality committee, and also spearheaded a quality improvement initiative to improve the use of telemetry. He joined TSPMG in August 2012.

Matt’s strong interest in systems improvement, accompanied by his many years of providing inpatient care, will help us continue delivering the right care to the right member at the right time and right place.



Barby Simmons, DO, Named TSPMG Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to announce that, effective March 17, Barby Simmons, DO, has been named Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation. She will report to Leslie Litton, TSPMG VP Business Execution and Informatics.

In her new role, Dr. Simmons will lead efforts to improve the accuracy and completion rates of our coding and documentation, identify and incorporate educational best practices from other Kaiser Permanente regions and industry leaders, and oversee our various coding and documentation audit practices and dashboards. She will also take the lead on our ICD-10 implementation, which is a critical part of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s 2014 business strategy.

Dr. Simmons received her medical degree at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She joined Kaiser Permanent in 2010 and has served as Lead Adult Medicine Physician at the Southwood MOB since 2011.

We want to thank Angel Cobiella, MD for his support and leadership over the past few months as Interim Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation. His expertise has been invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his position as Physician Program Director for Informatics. Please join us in thanking Dr. Cobiella and wishing Dr. Simmons much success in her new role.

Dr. Pamela Vick-Bope Named TSPMG Chief of Pain Management

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Pamela Vick-Bope, MD, has been named as the Medical Group's first Chief of Pain Management. She will continue to provide a wide range of interventional pain procedures and medication management in our Kaiser Permanente Southwood and Glenlake Medical Offices.

Since joining our medical group in 2010, Dr. Vick-Bope has embraced and embodied our model of care. She is an extremely hard worker who clearly leads by example and is always willing to share her knowledge with colleagues. She is also a strong advocate for the patient, carefully balancing the right and appropriate amount of care.

Dr. Vick-Bope received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She completed her medical degree and residency in Anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina and a fellowship in Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

We are also making changes to the Pain Management department that will ensure patients receive care from an appropriate specialist, improve patient satisfaction and access, and increase clinician satisfaction.

As a first step, we are adding physiatrists to the group. Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in non-surgical physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients who have been disabled as a result of a disease, condition, disorder, or injury. Our TSPMG physiatrists will evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pain and refer to appropriate specialists as needed. The mid-levels in the pain management department will work alongside our newly hired physiatrists. This model of care has been proven successful in other KP regions and will help us establish a true multi-disciplinary pain management department.

We have no doubt that Dr. Vick-Bope will do an excellent job of leading and transforming the department in a way that will better serve our patients.



TSPMG Supports the American Heart Association's 2014 Atlanta Heart Ball

(From left) Andy Kobylivker, MD & wife, Utpal Pandya, MD & wife, Ali Rahimi, MD & wife, Thelsa Pulikkotil, MD & husband


Several TSPMG cardiologists recently came together to help support The American Heart Association’s 33rd annual Atlanta Heart Ball.

The Heart Ball provides the Atlanta community with a fun and engaging way to join the fight against cardiovascular diseases, which remain the No. 1 killer of Americans.

Last year, the AHA's Heart Ball campaign raised over $59.7 million nationwide to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. TSMPG is proud to play a role in furthering the mission of the AHA, whose vision so closely mirrors ours at Kaiser Permanente.

March 10, 2014


The Southeast Permanente Medical Group Announces Leadership Transition

Rob Schreiner, MD, FACP
Michael Doherty, MD

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) announced today that Rob Schreiner, MD, FACP, is stepping down as Executive Medical Director, effective March 28, 2014.  Michael Doherty, MD has been named as Interim Executive Medical Director.

Dr. Schreiner joined TSPMG in 1994 as a pulmonologist and was elected Executive Medical Director in 2008. He is well regarded for his clinical expertise and deep commitment to his patients and colleagues. Dr. Schreiner has accepted a new role with a well known consulting firm where he will use his knowledge to improve the delivery of healthcare throughout the U.S. medical system.

Dr. Doherty is currently serving as TSPMG’s Chief of Staff. He will serve in the Interim role until a new EMD is named and ratified by TSPMG shareholders.

TSPMG is widely recognized as a leader in patient care and quality and was instrumental in Kaiser Permanente of Georgia being named as one of only three Medicare Advantage 5-STAR plans east of the Mississippi. The TSPMG Board of Directors will conduct a thorough search process for a leader who will continue the organization’s marketing-leading achievements in quality, patient safety and clinical care.


About The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

Founded in 1985, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is one of the largest multi-specialty medical groups in Georgia. More than 600 TSPMG clinicians work exclusively with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia to provide medical care to over 250,000 members in metropolitan Atlanta. In addition to primary care, TSPMG offers 38 specialty practices, including cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology and orthopedic surgery, in over 30 metro Atlanta facilities and associated hospitals. Their expert and caring medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. For more information, visit